We just got back from an exciting road trip to the National Pinzgauer Show at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. It was a long 2 days driving each way, with 6 head of cattle and all the accessories in the trailer. The show was a busy few days, with the Junior show on Friday August 16th and the Open show on Saturday August 17th. All four kids showed in the Junior show, Winnie and Alex showed their heifers, and all the kids showed in the showmanship class, even Gus! We were proud of them and their efforts and hard work. On Saturday everyone except Gus was showing in various categories. Our cow/calf pair got a 2nd place, and Winnie's heifer Annabelle got a first in her class. The kids all got ribbons for showmanship as well. It was a great learning experience, and we hope to be able to go again next year!
Whew! It has been awhile since I have shared an update! Lots has happened in the past few months, and I'll give you a quick run down. We had 4 calves born this spring, 2 heifers and 2 bulls. We have been training 3 of the calves on the halter, the girls each working with one. We will be taking them to the Pinzgauer National Show in Sedalia, MO in August, and it will be an adventure! Winnie's prize heifer Annabelle is confirmed pregnant, and due right around Winnie's birthday. She is hoping for a little heifer. The sire is a bull named Rhett Butler... so we'll have to start thinking of names.
We have a medium-sized garden this year, with potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, pumpkins, squash and herbs. It was really dry early this summer, and we were watering every other day. But then the rains and irrigation came, and we had flooding for awhile. With that the weeds came! But still the garden is a favorite of mine, just not the mosquitoes...
The yaks are down on pasture by the clinic. We have 8 adults after selling 7 last year due to high hay prices. We had one heifer calf born last month, and hopefully one more on the way. We got our first tanned yak hide back from Rocky Mountain Tanners, and it is great! So soft, the kids and cats love it.
Work is going well, the clinic is quite busy. We have an extern from Texas A&M here for a month. Her name is Melissa, and she was here last year as well. She is a hard worker, and a joy to have around. She will graduate next May with her Doctorate and be ready to practice. She has experience showing cattle, and will be going with us to the National show in a few weeks. I am sure glad to have her help!
Jeff has embarked on a new project called hydroponics, and I think it is worthy of it's own blog! I'll have to get him right on that...
Hope your summer is going well and come by anytime for a visit!
Susie (and sometimes Jeff) Hirsch, parents, vets, small scale ranchers, and regular people, who must have a sense of humor to survive!