Friday, June 28, 2013

2013 Genex Large Herd Summit

We've been in Greeley for the past few days at the Genex Large Herd Summit.  

Genex brought together a group of 50+ progressive cattlemen from across the country for seminars, tours and brainstorming.  

Some currently AI to Genex studs, some AI but don't purchase semen from Genex, and others maybe haven't AI'ed in the past but are looking to in the future.

The common denominator though has been; everyone here is progressive.

Everyone is striving to build a better cow herd, market calves to the best of their abilities, see industry change coming and adapt to and with it, and leave the industry better then when they entered it.  

It's been a great couple of days, filled with great people.

We were hosted by JBS at their headquarters Thursday morning where we discussed trends in the industry and what the future beef carcass needed to look like; how genomics can be a driver in our industry & how the packer, feeder & commercial cattle industries need to work together more.

Later in the day we visited the Kuner Feed Yard and saw a completely renovated feed yard, and then we headed to the Budweiser brewery.  After a refreshing beer, we headed to CSU's ARDEC facility and learned more about feed efficiency and where the industry needs to head in terms of research.

Friday morning took us to the JBS Packing Facility where we got to see a facility that harvest approx. 5400 head of cattle/day.  As a commercial operator, it was helpful to see what the cattle we raise and feed actually look like on the rail.  The rest of the morning was spent in excellent discussion in a round table format.

Thank you to Mike & Patsy for letting us represent Double M,
 and to the Genex crew for such a great experiences!

Monday, June 24, 2013

This month.

I woke up totally exhausted this morning.

Grumpy too.

Usually those two things go hand in hand in my world.

I just wanted to turn off the alarm, ignore my committments, roll over and sleep for another 1,282 hours.

Because I think I could have.

Sometimes I feel like I have put myself on a roller coaster....and can't get off.

Highs, lows, strap the belt, flail around, scream, holler and breath relief at the end.

But then it all starts again...and without a chance to catch my breath, I have to regroup and be ready for the next ride.

We don't ride roller coasters all day, every day, for the entire year....

So why should our lives be any different?

Our June so far....
Cattle, weddings, CRP, graduations & shows.

Yes....excitement is a good thing.

Anticipation can be wonderful.

The people we get to live with, work with and interact with are AWESOME.
But the let down, the crazy moments that make me throw up my hands and utter a comment that isn't maybe the kindest....not so much how I want to be living.

I'm a work in progress.

And I'm working on balancing {riding the roller coaster} with {patiently waiting in line}.

When people ask how I've been, lately all I've had as a response is "life is crazy".

I guess I can't make up my mind whether that is a good thing....or a not so good thing.

But for now, it is what it is.  Life is happening around us, to us and hopefully thru us.

Happy Monday friends.

Go live.

Ride the roller coaster.

And then hopefully, we'll be able to take a few breaths and enjoy the scenery before we hop on the next ride.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

UCCA Father's Day BBQ

....And the cattlemen came.

Every year, the Umatilla Cattlemen's Association has a picnic on Father's Day.  Different ranches host the picnic each year, and this year it was at Double M.

Last year we were in Ukiah, so it was a nice change of pace to meet on the other end of the county.

The guys did a great job with the steaks, and the ladies all brought wonderful sides.

Being as we were in Stanfield....and it's June....the day turned a bit sultry.

BUT - we had planned for this, and the parents had all brought swimming suits for the kids, and the Murdock's brought their water guns.

To the river we went.

The kids played, the adults dipped their toes in and cooled off with a beverage, and thoughts of heat & humidity soon vanished and were replaced with water spray, laughter and rock skipping.

Thanks to all of the ranching families who joined us a Double M for the day.  We enjoyed hosting the group, and hope that we'll be able to do it again in the future.

Saturday, June 15, 2013


This photo needs a caption....

....someone was a little saddle sore after their ride tonight.....

Love this nephew of ours!

And we're so glad he was able to come out and stay with us for a few weeks!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Making hay.

You know what they say....

When the sun shines - make hay!

Here's to more hay-making weather. :)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Ranch Life.

It's June which means our days are filled with: 

Cows & Calves

Green Grass & Gates

 Posts, Wire, Insulators & Chargers

Friendship & Family

and this blessing that we get to call 
{Ranch Life}


June is a bit of a more laid back month for us, and we're going to take advantage of it.  While there is still work to be done, you can bet our alarm clocks will be turned off on Sunday mornings, and we'll be relishing the cool evenings and nice weather outdoors.

Here's to a relaxing & restful June for all of us!