Friday, March 30, 2012

5 on Friday

1. I stopped out at the Murdock ranch last night, and got to catch up with two of our favorite young ranchers.

Hopefully I'll get to catch up with their mama this weekend!


2. I've needed this blog these past few weeks. When words have just tumbled aimlessly in my head and in my heart, and thoughts get bottled and pushed aside, I open my browser and see these words about

- how to be thankful -
- how to know that you're needed -
- how to just slow down -

I think to myself - how is this lady reading my mind from all the way in Canada? And then I think - I can't be going too crazy, if others are feeling the same way.



3. This is us...

Just living the dream!


4. Calving is about wrapped up at the ranch, and most of the calves are branded.

That means that AI'ing is right around the corner - and I think Clint and RJ have every weekend booked over the next two months with AI projects.


5. It's a Black Friday weekend at the Home Depot.

In our house, "If it's not on sale, we don't need it". But when it's all 50% off - you can bet I'll be there! Not to miss a deal - I went last night - and scored some serious deals on flowers and planting materials. The rain may prevent us from branding this weekend - but it can't prevent me from doing yardwork!


Happy Friday friends! May your weekend bloom with happiness!

And maybe some 1/2 off flowers. :D

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Alive in Action

The Oregon FFA State Convention was in Hermiston this past weekend. Over 2500 FFA members, parents, advisors and volunteers were in town showing how FFA members are "Alive in Action".

FFA holds a special place in my heart, and has been a big part in making me "me", so it's fun to get to volunteer during state convention.

Saturday and Sunday I helped AJ's sell convention apparel - and had the BEST time!

Plus, while everyone my age was running around in suits and dresses (normal advisor & PSO attire), since I was helping sell t-shirts - I got to model them!

And seriously - who doesn't want to experience convention in a t-shirt and running shoes?

So we all - Anna, Jenny, Amy, Jill, Hannah & Alecia - got our swag on, and had a fun (though long) weekend selling t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants and hats.

The kids LOVED the selection....and the option to put their name/chapter/office on their shirts or pants. Great work AJ's!

- PS -

Congratulations to Zech Hintz & Garrett Kitamura!

They were elected to the 2012-2013 State Officer team, and I just know they're going to have an awesome year serving Oregon FFA!

Although these last two pictures are poor quality - blame the photographer! - I wanted to make sure I included them. Zech (top) is from Heppner, and Garrett (bottom - singing "La Bomba" during the talent contest) is from Ontario. Garrett's older brother Brian & I were state officers on the same team WAY back in 2001-2002. Congrats to both of you!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

To the branding pen we go.

This time of year, it's a race to get all of the calves branded when the sun is shining.

We can't brand calves when their hide is wet, because the heat from the branding iron transfers through the wet hair/hide. (Just like we don't curl our hair when it's wet - we don't brand calves when their hide is wet either.)

The ranch my husband works for had a branding scheduled for last Friday, and Wednesday & Thursday it poured Not that I'm complaining - we need the rain! They just needed to brand too, so they could get the calves vaccinated and help prevent sickness.

To save stress on the calves, they're "worked" when they go over the calf table. This means the calf is given vaccinations to keep them healthy, an ear tag if they didn't get one when they were born, a brand to identify them to the ranch they belong to, and if needed, the bull calves are castrated or banded. Also, while the calves are checked for sickness every day, if anything isn't feeling 100% that day, they're in an easy spot to treat them.

Luckily, the rain turned off on Friday & the branding continued.

Another group down, just a few more groups of calves to go!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Where's the Beef?

Last Friday & Saturday, it was in Pendleton, Oregon at the PGG Spring Spectacular.

That's where the Umatilla Co. Cattlemen's Association handed out over 900 samples of seasoned & grilled Tri-Tip with the help of the Pilot Rock FFA Chapter, and the Umatilla County Fair Ambassadors.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patricks Day!

*Picture by Alicia Clancy*

My own Irish Cattlemen's Blessing:

May the grass always be greener on your side of the fence!

***A special shout out to the Clancy clan (my mom's side of the family)! Let's celebrate today with all of the 12.5% we got! :)***

Friday, March 16, 2012

Take a Guess...

Do you know what's happening behind me?

Any wild guesses?

Come on - you know you want to. :)


Most of you who are familiar with branding, know that the cows are sorted away from their calves at the start of the day. This makes it much easier to bring groups of calves to the branding table or branding fire, and results in fewer people getting run over.

Cows can sometimes become a little aggitated when their sweet little babies are being handled by humans, and they're not right by their side.

And cow snot isn't exactly my favorite way to get a facial.

Also, hoof prints usually leave a mark. And it's not usually a {beauty} mark.


So if you guessed:

"Cows getting turned back to their calves"

You're right!

After the calves are all worked and branded, they're usually corralled in a large area, and then their mama's get turned out to meet them.

This results in a bit of a stampede - the cows rushing to find their calves, and the calves getting so excited that they usually just run around with their tails in the air.

Oh - and there's a lot of bawling too.

But then everyone gets paired up, turned out and they continue on with their day.

And in this case, the calves got turned out with a few accessories - a new brand and vaccinations to keep them healthy.