Tuesday, September 30, 2014




There were a lot of files in my {Pictures} folder this month.
So while I feel like this month has just flown by - it was filled with a lot of great things.
Weddings, Round Up, Weaning, Calving, Sales, Shows and more.
It's a great life we get to lead here - and September showed us that life is meant to be lived fully.
Happy Fall - and may September grace us with it's presence again next year.
PS - Clint was "Mr. September" in the Genex Calendar along with a set of replacement females here at Double M.  I've enjoyed calling him that nickname here this month.....but now that September is over, I need to figure out a new one.  ;)

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Crown Jewel Event

It was another tremendous sale for the Gohr family in Madras, Oregon this year. 
Brad & Dawn hosted the 2014 Crown Jewel Event at Gohr Angus & Hereford Ranch. 
The quality of cattle that were presented again this year were tremendous and all of the cattle sold well.  It'll be great to see the cattle sold out on the show road next spring & summer.

Dawn & Brad do a great job halter breaking & gentling all of the cattle that sell - I think this picture sells you on that fact.

 The phones were BUSY with bids! 

Maybe my favorite picture of Mark ever -
The heifers didn't let on to the amount of excitement they created at the sale - but that's ok.
Their quality spoke for itself.
Congratulations Brad & Dawn on another great sale - it is deserved!

Friday, September 26, 2014

5 on Friday.

1. Fall calving continues.

The calves just keep coming here at Double M.

We had a meeting at the sale barn last night to discuss the bathroom we're putting in there, and Patsy said they had another set of twins over on their side of the freeway.  That makes five sets this week.  The recip cows are still having ET calves and the cows AI'ed to the Genex Progeny Test bulls are still calving as well.  I'm looking forward to taking some time to go look at them this weekend.

Clint was able to pair out a bunch of the early calving pairs, and now they're hanging out in the field next to the calving barn (below).

2. Favorite Quote of the Week.

I flagged the 9/25 page in my Max Lucado desk calendar last year, and as I re-read it again this year - I still love it just as much.


In humility consider others better than yourselves. - Philippians 2:3

Columnist Rick Reilly gave this advice to rookie professional atheletes: "Stop thumping your chest.  The line blocked, the quarterback threw you a perfect spiral while getting his head knocked off, and the good receiver blew the double coverage.  Get over yourself."  The truth is, every touchdown in life is a team effort.  Applaud your teammates.

An elementary age boy came home from the tryouts for the school play.  "Mommy, Mommy," he announced, "I got a part.  I've been chosen to sit in the audience and clap and cheer."  When you have a chance to clap and cheer, do you take it?  If you do, your head is starting to fit your hat size

3. Favorite Treat.

I'm still loving Starbuck's Peach Green Tea Lemonades.....have you tried one yet?  I'm usually frugal (aka - cheap) when it comes to stuff like that, but I am hooked hard. 

4. Weekend Plans.

It's going to be a FUN weekend I think!  Saturday I'm picturing some cattle for the BoBo Sale that will be hosted at the Double M Sale Facility on Oct. 29. 

Then Sunday is the Crown Jewel Event at Gohr Angus & Herefords in Madras and I am super excited to head down there for that sale.  Brad & Dawn are just the nicest people, and it's fun to attend their event.  If you're looking for a 2015 show heifer - you need to be at this sale!

Pictures from 2013 here and 2011 here.

5. Favorite Picture of the Week.

I thought I'd show you what my drive has looked like each morning this week.  :)
Lovely, isn't it?


Happy Friday!

Keep living the dream!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Charolais.

This week has been a bit crazy - lots of stuff going on at work, lots of stuff going on at home, not a lot of gym time, and we've eaten a lot of meals on the fly as I work on prepping for a few big events coming up in late October and November...
My posting has been a bit random (or is it always random? - haha) and I realized I hadn't posted these pictures of the Charolais pairs that I took earlier this month.
 I love these white babies and their mama's so today is the day that they get to shine on the blog.

This calf didn't care for me or my camera....he was all about the milk!


We normally like a tight calving season, but this summer and fall it was just easier to run the Charolais bulls with the cows.  


Oh wait - a look!  But soon, he was right back to nursing.  :)



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Thankful for the unexpected.

My hands and forearms are sticky from milk replacer that dribbled from baby calves mouths as I walked into the house tonight.  Two separate twins that were brought to the barn, were fed and loved on tonight as I wrapped up my day.

It's been a day when a lot could have gone wrong.

I'd fed one calf the first bottle of three out in the calving barn.  Both twins had followed me back into the office as I worked on mixing their second bottle.  Just as I was capping the bottle off with a nipple, a calf that.just.could.not.wait.any.longer! bumps me from behind, and I spill half of an unmixed bottle across the counter.

Chunks of unmixed but wet milk replacer spread - under the microwave, across the counter and down the side.  There's no use crying over spilt milk, so I grab an empty Home Depot bucket that's laying idle and begin to sponge milk across the counter and into it.  The calves - still hungry - keep bumping and letting out meek bawls reminding me that my cleaning efforts can wait until after they've been fed.

I cap off the remaining half a bottle and feed the second calf who hasn't nursed yet, while my thumb keeps the first calf busy.  She figures out that this is all a trick, and keeps bumping into my legs reminding me that she still would like to be fed more.  The second weaker calf finishes her half, and I go to mix a third for them to split so that I can fill their little tummies before leaving them tucked in the warm barn for the night.
Like I said; it was a day when a lot could have gone wrong.
And yet it all went so, so well.
An afternoon of vacation taken off from work to breed heifers that should have been in the evening before. 
A driver's license that needed replaced and a DMV who got me in and out in under 5 minutes, when I thought it'd take a separate trip.
A drive thru Starbucks to order a Peach Green Tea Lemonade, only to have my order messed up (Passion Tea Lemonade) which equaled a free drink for me that was just as tasty as the other kind I'd ordered.
Previous plans for prayer among women canceled as God called me to be fully present as a rancher's wife tonight.
Heifers that rolled through the AI barn, and a crew that clicked right along.
Quick tacos, conversation with friends that are like family, and a flat tire changed for a spare.
A separation of duties as Clint tackled checking the fall calving cows, while I looked after the twin bummer calves.
A text with a friend to know that all was all right, and that God is working through a great group of people in this community.

A calf that had troubles swallowing a whole bottle this morning took her time, but managed to breath and nurse well on her own. 

A load thrown in the laundry, new sheets placed on a bed, and a face washed as I readied to turn in for the day.
But not before I typed out these words...I feel like my tense is off in this post, but just sitting down and being consciously thankful for this day has brought me ease and helped me close out this day.
Prayers get answered every day.
Sometimes we just don't realize that they're the ones that needed answering in the first place.
I'm setting this to auto-post tomorrow morning....but as I sit at the laptop late tonight, in a dark kitchen as the washing machine hums away at laundry below me, I know that I am loved and that my life is good.
This life may not be filled with days that turn out exactly as I've planned - but they're according to His plan, and that's the only one that matters.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Let the AI'ing begin...

It's hard to believe it, but the 2014 Fall AI Season has begun.
Last night we bred the first part of a set of Thomas Angus heifers - I thought it was pretty appropriate that we began the Fall AI season on the official first day of Fall. 
We had set up the AI barn Sunday evening, so last night it was just a matter of heading out and sorting off the heifers that were in standing heat so we could breed them.  Once those heifers were sorted, we ran the remainder of the heifers in and gave them a shot of GnRH.  We'll head back later today to breed them. 

We sorted and gave shots in the daylight, so by the time we were breeding it was dark out.  But that didn't stop me from snapping a few pictures with my cell phone in the barn.  I thawed semen, Jesse brought the cattle, and RJ, Clint & Morgan took turns breeding.  It didn't take long and we were done with the flight of heifers and headed home.


Morgan breeding a heifer.

RJ & Clint breeding heifers.

Even though it's grainy, this may be my favorite picture of Clint & Morgan ever - it totally represents their rapport in the barn. 
While they're breeding, they usually have planning conversations or talk genetics, or something like that.  In this picture, all I can think is that Clint is trying to explain something to Morgan, and Morgan is all like "What?!?"
And the funny thing is when I showed them this picture, Morgan said the same thing. Lol. :)
RJ & Clint breeding heifers.
Here's to a successful start to the AI season!  We hope with hard work, a detailed work crew and proper planning, we can reward our customers with high conception.
Success is Reason Enough!