Hoping for those “April showers” – The Harris Family

March always seems to fly by!

Zac is busy fabricating equipment to do all the things he has thought about all winter long, and most projects must be finished by April in time to use them. He also has been spraying the failed canola.

Kenda showed her first market steer at the Oklahoma Youth Expo. It was a steer we raised. She won her class and made the sale of champions as the 7th crossbred steer in the sale. In the crossbred division there were 140 steers.  Super proud of all her hard work.

We are hoping for the April showers wives tale to be true. We sure would like it to bring about some May “flowers!”  Wheat and barley need a drink and what canola that hasn’t gotten frozen out needs one too. We will begin planting milo after we return from the Legislative Action Tour in Washington DC.

Have a great one,

Zac and Amy

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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!

Success at OYE – The Bolen Family

Anna Bolen in the showmanship contest

Anna Bolen in the showmanship contest

We spent our spring break in Oklahoma City at OYE showing sheep. Our daughter Bay won the sixteen-year-old sheep showmanship division out of 45 participants. I think she has been showing at OYE for maybe 5 years and has never even placed for showmanship there. It’s really difficult to catch the judge’s eye with that many good showmen in the ring at one time. But this time she got the payoff for years and hours of working her lambs at home. Bay also showed a ewe that didn’t place and a whether that placed 10th.
 Anna showed for showmanship and didn’t get pulled for a placing spot, but did a great job. She also showed a ewe that didn’t place. Autumn, our youngest, had a lamb, but the lamb was ill and couldn’t make the trip.

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Bay showing her lamb at OYE.

We had a good time together as a family even though it’s a lot of work and sometimes a bit stressful. We use every opportunity at such events for learning experiences that are almost endless. The girls even got some time to go shopping at the local malls. I on the other hand got to visit with several old friends and college acquaintances.

As I’ve stated before, the young people involved with 4-H and FFA are second to none in my opinion.

Also, the OYE staff need to be commended for their hard work and dedication to the youth of this state.