Working like 60 to try and get all my school wrapped up for the day. Hauling calves tomorrow to sell. Aunt's C-section scheduled for today but is postponed for another week.
Sale Day!! Up before there is any daylight to be seen. Dump some grain to my steer and leave mom and sis to take care of the horses and chickens. Run 5 miles down the road to the Shaw Ranch headquarters to the weaning pens. Sort our larger steers and heifer and try to check ear tags. We load a pretty full trailer of 9 head. Dad drives out to Burlington. We unload before all the big pens of calves get there and have some breakfast at the sale barn cafe and shoot the breeze with the ring man. Run out to Goodland, KS to get some wheat straw bales for my 4-H stock. Guy we found was a great farmer to talk with and he showed us where he was wintering some cows on stalks. Might use him next fall. I get to hold the wheel on the way back. Had to lighten my foot a little; top speed in KS on the I is 70. Got back to the sale just in time. Our 3 steers weighed in at 536 and brought $1.26. 6 heifers averaged 605 and brought an even $1 a pound. That'll work. Head home and have a little celebration dinner.
Can it get much colder? Howling wind and just enough snow to sting when you try to walk somewhere. Enjoy breakfast over at the Latigo Trails indoor arena a grill and watch some cow work. Dad gets the notion that we need to work with our home raised 4-H calves. Wow, chilled to the bone. Load up my home raised steer and brought him home to my bought calf. They look fairly even in weight, but we'll find out for sure come county weigh-in on the 13th of March.
Wanted to enjoy a day free of school, but my high school courses were open and mom told me a better get ahead in my work. The newest addition to the family is due the 17th. First livestock judging meet of the year. Watched the same Charolais heifer video we've watched for the past 10 years. Four years after first seeing this video, I still swapped the top pair. Scored a 47. Burned through my reasons and my tongue was surprisingly well oiled for the first set of the year. Excited about competing already.
Can't get a much better day than this. Calm, warm, and did I mention NO WIND? Steers are really starting to eat well together. Sis jumped into the hay tub and played with them this morning while I did chores. Good for both of them. Cousin AJ comes over tonight so his mom and dad can prepare to go in for the C-section tomorrow. Brand inspector coming at 1 this afternoon to get papers on all our 4-H calves and more 4-H related meetings tonight. Better get back to school.