From one busy month to the next – The Emerson Family

Part of the Emerson's efforts goes toward raising show cattle.

Part of the Emerson’s efforts goes toward raising show cattle.

The month of March was long, cold and busy for us on the ranch. The first week we received nearly six inches of sleet and ice, which was extremely tough on the cattle and made for long days feeding and breaking ice. No matter the weather, farmers and ranchers know taking care of our animals comes first.

Kim and I make numerous livestock shows during the month from our local show in Checotah to our Regional Show held in Muskogee, which Kim serves as the beef superintendent and on the Board of Directors. Kim spends a week there helping with all facets of the show. We believe the 4-H and the FFA students are the future of agriculture and we try to support them as much as possible. During the Oklahoma Youth Expo, two heifers we raised made the champion percentage Simmental drive.

Two heifers the Emersons raised made it into the champion percentage Simmental drive.

Two heifers the Emersons raised made it into the champion percentage Simmental drive.

As I am writing this, the grass is getting greener and we are making plans on getting the cattle de-wormed, vaccinated and moved to spring pastures during the first weeks of April. The brightest spot this month has been being able to announce that Kim and I are expecting our first child in October and the excitement of sharing that with everyone. Till next time may your grass be green and your cattle fat!

 

Josh and Kim are expecting their first child in October!

Josh and Kim are expecting their first child in October!

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Everything needs water

 – The Harris Family

Zac and the kids chopping ice as cows wait for a drink.

Zac and the kids chopping ice as cows wait for a drink.

All living things must have water. Humans can live up to 10 days without food, but only 3 days without water!  Early in February, we struggled with extreme cold temperatures and as good stewards of God’s creation (farmers and ranchers), we must under any condition care for the animals.

When water troughs and ponds freeze up we must do whatever is necessary to get our animals water.  Most of the time this just includes “chopping ice” with an axe until we reach water.  This is a daily occurrence.

Because of the extreme drought western Oklahoma has faced, we are using solar pumps to pump water from 50-year-old wells into troughs.  The big concern with that is when it gets so cold outside the water in the wells freeze up.  Then our only option is to “haul water” in trailers to cattle.  So far we have been blessed to either move cattle to different pastures that had deeper wells or the ponds on a few places still had some water.  

Hope you enjoy the pictures of our family “chopping ice”.  The kids really enjoy this time with dad!

A ball and a dance – The Williams Family

Project Woman

Marty and Crystal at the Speaker's Ball along with fellow Harvest Watch Bloggers Zac and Amy Harris.

Marty and Crystal at the Speaker’s Ball along with fellow Harvest Watch Bloggers Zac and Amy Harris.

As busy as this month has presented itself to be, it’s only customary to throw in a couple sick kids to make sure a mother doesn’t get caught up on lesson plans, laundry, or the blog! The flu is on its yearly rampage through our county and has been for at least 2 months. We’ve been fortunate to elude it somehow, until this week. Morgan had a 104 temperature, which it is just awful to see a child so sick. Thankfully within 24 hours his temperature was down and we got through it. Pretty sure when the kids are sick we gain an extra grey hair or ten, but also gain extra appreciation for what we have this day in age to help the little ones get through illnesses.

Morgan getting sick came just before the Speakers Ball, an event we were graciously invited to attend. Marty and I pretty much considered it a late “prom”, but for a greater cause.

This event is a fundraiser hosted by the Oklahoma Speaker of the House to commemorate the start of the legislative session. This year’s proceeds were to benefit and honor an organization called Project Woman. Project Woman dedicates time to raising awareness and funding for women of all ages who are diagnosed with breast cancer and may need support. Speaker T.W. Shannon’s wife, Devon, spoke of her diagnosis (she’s my age ya’ll), and the unfaltering support her husband and family gave her, a beautiful young mother of 3, a young wife of a busy Speaker of the House. It makes you want to find a way to contribute.

Crystal and Marty at the speakers ball.

Crystal and Marty at the speakers ball.

I would want nothing more than for someone to buy the dress I wore to allow us to donate to the funds…even if it’s a drop in the hat, it’s something little ole me can contribute. I don’t have the lifestyle to wear this dress again and would love for someone to enjoy wearing it to a prom or formal event knowing they helped contribute to a good cause. If anyone is reading this and takes interest, please contact us by email at mwfarm@msn.com . The money is to be donated to Project Woman, helping someone like you or me, like any of our loved ones, facing a hard time not only mentally and physically, but financially. Please and thank you.

Farmer and Daughter Dance

Daughter Ava ready for the Farmer and Daughter Dance.

Daughter Ava ready for the Farmer and Daughter Dance.

It just worked out that Marty’s tux would get another go at sprucing up the farm boy on another night for the father-daughter dance held at the grand Marland Mansion. Ava absolutely loves this event. Not so much for the “dressing up” part, more for the dancing with dad and other friends with cookie breaks in between. The parents usually go out to eat afterwards, but this year it was nice to spend Morgan and Mommy time at home, especially after a week of him being sick and us gone for a couple days. These days are oh so messy and hectic, but precious and beautiful no less.

Dustin and Virgil, our hired hands, have been keeping things together while we’ve been kicking off the New Year, Farm Bureau style. Though in between all of the Farm Bureau conferences, meetings, and events, Marty is right back in the thick of spraying, scouting fields, feeding cattle, and attending other committee meetings.

It has been very cold these past few weeks. Marty says about 170 hours below freezing, which for the guys means chopping lots of ice for the cattle to stay hydrated.