Friday, January 21, 2011

On the road again

The last thing I should be doing right now is writing a blog but I am awake and excited. I knew that Wednesday through Saturday of this week would be hectic and busy. So far it has performed exactly how I suspected but so far so good and I am looking forward to the next two days.

Yesterday I headed over the Cascade Mountains to Snohomish for their county Cattlemen’s meeting. These are mostly smaller operations but also very important. These are often the first operations that face regulations and also the first to deal with issues related to “urban sprawl”. Thank you to Snohomish County for the great meeting, the hospitality and the nice dinner. I got home about 1:30a.m and did a quick heifer check and all was good.

Today I had plenty to do since I was away yesterday afternoon and in preparation for heading out again early tomorrow morning. Two more new calves came into the world today here on the ranch. At 4 a.m. I am going to check heifers and do a bit of feeding and hope to be out of here by 6 a.m. I am heading to Pendleton Oregon to catch a bus tour for the 2nd annual Pacific Northwest Young Cattlemen’s tour. Tomorrow we will be visiting a large feedlot, a large dairy, an ethanol plant, as well as a couple of purebred seedstock operations. Tomorrow evening we will have a dinner and speakers talking about issues affecting the cattle industry. I did a blog post last January 23rd about the first tour if you would like to go back.

Tonight I attended the Mid Columbia Agriculture Hall of Fame dinner. I was the presenter for one of the winners of the “pioneer” award. My good friend Charlie Card was inducted this year and it was an honor and privilege to speak for and present him this prestigious award. Congrats to all of this years inductees.

Saturday I will be attending a seminar related to the beef cow industry in the northwest. I will be home Saturday night to get back to checking heifers and feeding. I am always a bit afraid to leave but Chris and Dakota are steady and reliable hands that will keep things together during my absence. I will shut this down so I can get a few hours of sleep.

Today’s real environmentalist species found on the ranch is the Northern flicker aka Colaptes auratus.

Today’s picture is 1489B with her heifer calf 1489w.