Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Cascade Classic Jackpot


This weekend, Clint and I headed down to Madras for the 2009 Cascade Classic Jackpot Show, which Clint was judging...


It gave us a very good excuse (not that we need one, but still) to go see our good friends, the Gohr's the night before...


And hang out with one of our favorite 3-year olds...

....Who happens to love to "swing!"

Thanks Gohr's for letting us crash at the Gohr Inn!
Then Saturday morning, Clint judged the Cascade Classic Jackpot show...

A lot of these kids purchased their steer or heifer from the Cascade Classic sale last year, and then brought them back for special futurity classes...

...they had over $1000 in added money just for the futurity classes!

Other kids brought a steer or heifer purchased elsewhere, and competed in the open division.

Note: If you're interested in next year's sale....mark your calendar for

September 20, 2009 in Madras!

It was great to be invited down, and we had a great time....thanks again!

But my favorite part of the day was...

PEE WEE SHOWMANSHIP!

Question: What is cuter than a pee wee showman?





Answer: SEVEN pee wee showman!


These kiddo's couldn't wait to show their heifers or steers....

And they all walked away winners!

(I think the next exciting thing after getting to show was the goodie bag they got filled with candy and money for their efforts!)

Great job to the Ellis & Bartels families for making this show a great one!



Wednesday, May 20, 2009

100 Years Ago...

A show called the Pacific International Livestock Exposition was created by a man named O.M. Plummer...

Back then, the PI was one of the largest shows in the country. As big as the National Western in Denver, or The Royal in Kansas City.



Held in Portland, OR livestock and exhibitors would come from across the country by way of special trains to show and exhibit their livestock.

Today (or rather next month) the PI celebrates it's 100th anniversary in Prineville.

I thought I would share a few photos from the past, and take a trip down memory lane...


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This is Bryan Wolfe, exhibiting the Champion FFA steer in the early 1960's...

He's being presented his ribbon (right) by then Governor Hatfield.



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Here's the 1954 Hereford "Best 10 Head" class...

There were 12 entries just in that class that year!



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This is the 1962 Champion Steer shown by Joe Monahan, then of Condon, Oregon.

Look how moderate they were back then!



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A lot of history...

A few changes...

Still one great show.

And always...

"Where Champions Meet"

Monday, May 18, 2009

More cows to the mountains...

We have all but these three yahoo's out on grass.




What a great feeling!









And a great view...

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Date night.

Last night I had a date...


But it wasn't with Clint...


(Too bad)

Nope, it was with this drug...


*God bless Nuflor...and for the wonderful things it does for a cow with foot rot!

Seriously - those of you with cows, you know what a wonder drug this is!

This heifer...



And this awesome friend of ours...



Thanks again for the help RJ!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Sandbags

A lot got done Saturday...

+ More cows moved to grass
+ Poured cows
+ Fed everything (including a treat for us....pot roast!)
+ Cleaned house
+ Folded laundry
+ Visited with Paco

And some things, unfortunately didn't....

- Didn't get to see Cid muttin' bust :(
- Didn't get to the horse sale
- Didn't get some other cows and bulls moved around

And while we shouldn't have been, everyone was a little tired...


Even the dogs were tired...



But it was a good day...

A day together...

A day to be thankful for.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Today

...is a day for a random post

...is Friday! I know, obvious...but it's almost the weekend!

...I am eating a Smart Ones frozen dinner and a can of mandarin oranges for lunch

...and maybe a couple of Lifesavers

...at least that's better than eating a lot of Lifesavers, which I could totally do right now

...the scale put out a number smaller than it did yesterday

...work is going well

...Cling is coming home from judging a show in Spokane

...I am excited to see him


Today

...is a pretty darn good today so far, and I hope the same goes for you.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

These little piggies went to town...

With me this morning.




No, they aren't the pigs that we bought. Rather, they belong to a lucky Heppner FFA member.

Clint only brought them home with him from Corvallis when he picked up pigs for his FFA members.

But they're still cute.

And who knew that dog carriers were so versatile?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Piggly Wiggly

As of last night, we are officially in the pig business.

Again.

Too bad this time around doesn't include Tater....or her Tots.

For those of you who don't know, my junior year of college a friend and I bought a pig together named Tater, and bred her to have Tater Tots.

Tater was a great pig....rather, still is. She lives at OSU now, and has babies for them.

Back to the new pigs. Last week TJ called us about some gilts & sows for sale, and before we knew it, Clint was headed home from Corvallis with a trailer of pigs, a farrowing crate and feed.

Soon to accompany the multiple pictures of cows, shall be multiple pictures of pigs. And even more pictures when those pigs (of whom some are bred right now) farrow and have cute babies.

Do you think baby piglet pictures will be cuter than this?



Or this?



We'll have to see....