Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Solution Calves.

We spent Monday AI'ing heifers at Mark Malott's ranch in Central Oregon.  Last year Clint and Morgan AI'ed a set of heifers for Mark to KG Solution, so after we had the AI barn set up Sunday afternoon, Mark took us for a drive to look through the calves. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend.

The rain is softly dropping needed drops outside the door as I type out these words.
We got home from a weekend in Central Oregon just before dinner.  The truck got unpacked, the cooler got unloaded, the laundry was started and I rested my body in my easy chair and turned on DVR'ed episodes of American Idol.
And all that I can think of as I type is that we are so lucky to get to do what we do, and with the people who do it with us.
Clint judged the 5 Peaks Jackpot show on Saturday, and I helped clerk the ring that Randy Williams was judging.  Cathy & Rich do such a nice job with this jackpot, and we enjoyed being a part of it again this year.


Friday, May 22, 2015

5 on Friday.

So this week.....well, it's been a week.
Since "work life" has been a bit weighty, I thought I'd just do a quick, light hearted post today on the blog.
1. Matrix Oil Wonders.
AKA - The Mother Ship of Hair Products.
For the past few years, I've been using Marc Anthony Strictly Curls products from Ulta and have loved them.  I especially like the curl cream, and still use it.  But in February, I felt like my hair was getting kind of dry and brittle.  I figured part of it was that it was winter, and the air is just drier here then, but I thought maybe my product wasn't helping as much as it could too.

I'd gotten a sample of Matrix's Oil Wonders sent to me in my last Ulta order, and after using it I fell in love.  So I ordered a bottle of the Amazonian oil, and a set of the Oil Wonders shampoo & conditioner.
And I am hooked.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

5 ways to optimize reproductive success in cattle.

Pretty weighty title, huh?
Especially coming from someone like myself.
But honestly - the five items below are basic steps that every cattle rancher can utilize to optimize reproductive success in their cattle herd.
Because if a cow doesn't breed back and subsequently have a calf - she isn't putting forth her effort into the ranching operation.  But part of that equation is that we have to help put those cattle in the best position to breed back.
Nutrition matters.

Sometimes we say that in order to be an expert in bovine reproduction, you first need to be an expert in cattle nutrition.  And that's because cattle use the nutrition they're fed in the following priority order: