Thursday, April 30, 2015

April.

 




 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
I think April's motto could have been:
 
"Let the games begin."
 
The AI season started, cattle were turned to grass, the sunsets stunned and we spent a lot of our days with people we love.
 
It's a good life we get to lead here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I'll follow him.


 
Down dusty gravel roads and across bumpy pastures....
 
Down two lane highways and through rusty gates....
 
Through rain or sleet or snow....
 
Or sunshine or wind or drought....



I'll follow him.
 
Because he is the best thing that's ever happened to me.

My marriage to Clint is my first priority, and my proudest accomplishment.

Anyone who is married knows - a successful marriage takes hard work.

I've written about how marriage takes 100%, but the work and the effort a marriage takes is ALWAYS worth it.

Because love always wins.

Always.

Success is reason enough.

*Pictures taken as we left the 83 Ranch after AI'ing cows for Ryan early in the morning last week.*

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

#AgChatPNW

 
 
Agvocating.
 
My definition?
 
People who are working to spread the good word about agriculture.
 

 
So Maddee and I took a little road trip to Spokane yesterday for the 2015 AgChat PNW Conference at the Northern Quest Resort to learn about how we could be better Agvocates.
 
I don't know if I consider my primary purpose to be an Agvocate, but I really enjoy being surrounded by common minded people who are passionate about agriculture and want to share their stories. 
 
 And this conference was ALL about that.
 
While I felt a bit guilty about leaving for two days during the AI season, I'm so glad I took the leap and attended this conference.  We heard from passionate speakers, asked questions of intelligent panels, learned tips on how to use social media in a effective manner and had the chance to visit with other attendees.
 
We got home tonight and I wanted to share a quick post with links to the women who I got to listen to, and some of the folks I got to make new friendships with.  Be sure to click the hyperlinks below to visit each of their websites or blogs and see their Agvocating in action!
 
 
Opening Keynote by Katie Pinke -
 
She blogs about her rural life in North Dakota at The Pinke Post.
 
 


These are the gals we sat with during supper the first day- so fun to meet & visit with all of them!
 


An Interactive & Informative Social Media Panel
 
 
 

 
A really great presentation by Patti Brumbach, Washington State Beef Commission Executive Director, regarding crisis management.
 
 

Closing Keynote by Michele Payn-Knoper -
 
Michele connects the gate to the plate over at Cause Matters.
 
 

 
Blogging Boot Camp Breakout Session by Brenda Frketich -
 
Brenda lives in St. Paul (near my hometown of Newberg) and blogs at Nutty Grass.
 
 
 
 
And once the conference was over, we were planning on heading straight back home but KayDee asked if we wanted to go to the soft opening of a tasting room one of the panel member's owned from the previous days panel.
 
We are all about the {funhaving} so we said yes - and had a GREAT time!
 



Beer & wine are products of agriculture - and we were happy to support ag by testing a few delicious beers & wines!

 
It was fun to hang out with KayDee, Maddee, Brenda, Michele, Shelly, Kylie and Katy.
 
PS - Did you know that Shelly is the NW Farm Mom of the Year winner?  We just met for the first time this weekend, but I can tell she is a fabulous woman and a role model for others in agriculture.  You can support her and agriculture in the NW by voting for her every day HERE!
 
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And while I love traveling -
 
And I love getting to meet new people -
 
What I love the most is living this life.
 
 
I came home tonight to a husband who loves me, Charolais cattle who were hanging out in the pen next to our house and a sunset that reminded me how magnificent God is and the beauty He gives us to enjoy.
 
This life?
 
It's a good one. 
 
And I look forward to continuing to share my story.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Morning in EO.



Good morning!
 
It was a beautiful weekend here in Eastern Oregon.
 
We spent the entire weekend AI'ing cows at Double M and for Ryan at Rollin' Rock and this morning I'm headed out the door for a road trip with Maddee!



 
Our phone's GPS is set for Spokane and we're headed to the PNW AgChat Conference!
 
I'm really looking forward to it, and will share more details here tomorrow.
 


Until then, have a great Monday!

Friday, April 24, 2015

5 on Friday.

Happy Friday!!!
 
It's been a long week of breeding cows, and I haven't had a chance to download any of the pictures I took with my camera this week so I thought I'd do a quick "5 on Friday" post with pictures from my cell phone.
 
1. Fun Mail.
 

I probably got a little ahead of myself, but last week I ordered new bedding for our bedroom and drapes for the windows and french doors.

My duvet & pillowcases came Wednesday, my curtains came Thursday and I picked up the curtain rods while I was in town after my dentist appointment on Monday.
 
Gisela duvet & pillowcases from Pottery Barn - on sale here
 
 Veratex linen curtains in Indigo from Costco - here
 
Oil rubbed bronze curtain rods with cracked glass finials - Big Lots
 
 
The addition got final rough plumbing and electrical put in early this week, and now we're just waiting on the inspection before the contractors can start drywalling.  So for now - these babies are staying tucked away but I can't wait to show you how everything looks put together!
 
 
2. Early Morning AI
 
We've been heading out to Ryan's to AI heifers early this week to AI his heifers. 

Like waking up at 3:00 am early...
 
I start work at 7:00 am and Clint's had to be back at the ranch early - so starting there around 5 both mornings just worked out best for our schedules.....

 

Rockin' my Raymond & Son sweatshirt as we AI for them...I wanted to dress the part :)



 

And then we also went back in the evenings to breed heifers who'd been in heat from the mornings....

We wrapped up yesterday morning but we'll be back out this weekend and next to work on the cows.
 

 
3. The AI Selfie.
 
I may not be good at taking a "hey, check out my outfit" selfie - but I will own this:

I have just about perfected my selfie skills in the AI barn.
 
Too bad that's not a skill I can slap on a resume, lol.
 


4. Misc. AI Pictures

And I thought I'd post a few other pictures from the barn, taken last weekend while we were AI'ing cows at Double M and also at Krebs'.
 

Trevor & RJ at Double M

RJ & Adrienne at Krebs'

There's a whole 'lotta riding going on!




My weekend "office".

5. Just because.
 
And because I knew the days would be long this week, I picked up fresh flowers for the house.
 
Just because.
 
 
 
Other than the caffeine I've purchased, it was the best $4 I spent this week.
 
:)
 
Happy Friday!
 
Keep living the dream!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Krebs AI Project

2015 Krebs Livestock AI Project
- Cecil, OR -

We headed to big town of Cecil, OR last weekend to help the Krebs family AI their young and mature cows.
 
You won't find Cecil on too many maps, but it's near Ione.
 
Wait.

You might not find Ione on many maps either, but just take my word for it....
 
Great people live there.
 
Good cattle do too.
 
:)



We started the morning near the headquarters and bred a semi-load of cows before they were loaded up and hauled to pasture in Wallowa County. 
 
Clint & Adrienne bred while I thawed, and when we were done we both kind of looked around and thought:
 
"Dang.  That was fast."
 
And then I thought - "Morgan's going to be SO jealous he wasn't here because I think we just set a record." 
 
 Hahaha - the thoughts that go through your mind while you're breeding cows.  And for anyone who knows Morgan, you know that he's a fan of an efficient and fast paced AI project.
 
Once we were done with the first calf heifers, we jacked up the box and followed the crew with the hydraulic squeeze to the second set of corrals we'd breed in that day.
 


The crew horseback had already gotten there a bit earlier, and was in the process of sorting the last of the cows from the calves.  We waited for the guys to set of the squeeze chute, and then got the AI barn set up in front.
 
AI'ing started shortly after that
- at 7:52 am to be exact -
and in an hour's time we had half of the cows bred.
 






RJ got there around 9:00, and the three of them were able to relieve one other so that they could each get a break.  Adrienne went first, and the majority of the pictures in this post were taken by her.
 








After Adrienne's arm had had a break, she gloved back up and came back in the box and Clint took a break.
 
And that's when a cow ALSO decided that she felt the need to jump a gate and tear open her shoulder, foreleg & armpit.
 
 
Field surgery commenced, and operation "Stitch Her Up" got underway.
 
I was really impressed that Cameron had suture and a needle there in his pickup.  If it had been us, we would have had to go to the shop and pick up those items, or more than likely call a vet. 

But in Ione, they're kind of far from amenities and so they come prepared.
 
Clint & Cameron donned gloves, we rinsed the shoulder with antiseptic wash and the guys went to sewing her back up.


A dose of antibiotics were given, the cow was let out to her calf and we finished the rest of the group.
 
It was great to see this still happening out in the pairs....
 
Cows actively riding during a timed AI project is a reassuring thing for breeders to see.
 
Especially when it's the first time a ranch chooses to AI.
 



Thank you Krebs family for inviting us out to AI your cattle, for providing a great crew that brought cattle to the barn well, and for the delicious meal you served afterwards. 
 
 We hope you have a great conception rate, and that you have a bunch of Premium Beef & Balance calves frolicking about next year!