Posted By: Jesse Williams
The Month We Broke Ground on our Dreams
While there were lots of fun things that happened in September, all I can think about (all I ever seem to think about!) is FINALLY building our new home. And this month we BROKE GROUND on it! Wahoo!! We also were very busy rounding up our cow/calf pairs in various pastures to bring them closer to home for the winter. Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year so September was a fabulous month and October is shaping up to be just as great.
Well, we FINALLY did it! On September 4, 2016 we broke ground on our dream house! It felt like September just flew by. Accomplishments this month included our basement excavation, foundation & floor, plus the beginning stages of framing!
So far the process has been great. Our basement contractor, RMS Construction from Brooks, was so fantastic (definitely recommend them)! I want to send the biggest thank you out to Rick and his team. They worked fast, hard and did amazing, quality work!
We also were finally able to fill up our shop foundation that we moved onto our yard last fall. Our contractor that built the foundation for the shop built it sticking out of the ground a long ways, against our wishes, so we had to find material to fill up the 5 foot hole before we could lay cement. (Read about the shop move here). After we stripped back the top soil (we will put it back after landscaping), the subsoil was moved from our basement excavation into our shop, and out front to create a pad. Clay is pretty darn excited to be seeing progress on his shop after a whole year of it taunting him! We are hoping to pour the cement shop floor in December so stay tuned!
Fall Round Ups
In preparation for October’s calf weaning & selling, the month of September revolved around getting all our cows and calves home. As I’ve mentioned before, we rely a lot on rented grass for our operation, much of which is located a fair distance from our home place.
Our closest rental is the Bullpound Community Pasture. We are super lucky that it is within riding distance for us. We had a 7.5 mile ride in the spring, but only a 5.5 mile ride back home, which was really nice. And I think the cows enjoyed it too, as they were pretty slow the last half mile! The cows that were allotted for this community pasture were bred to Charolais bulls and will have strappin’ tan calves this winter.
We also had two other pastures to bring cows home from. These are about 30 miles from home, so they had to be trucked with stock trailers and liners. It’s always so rewarding to see your cows & calves at the end of the summer, and this year was no different. I am definitely looking forward to seeing what some of our 2nd calvers will produce this upcoming year!
We will be soon bringing all our cows and calves into the corrals for weaning. We sell both our Charolais X tan calves and red Angus/ Gelbvieh X calves on October 14, 2016 at Balog Auction Mart in Lethbridge. Feel free to stop by and say hi if you are in the area!
Cattlemen's Young Leader Program
For all of you that keep asking- no, we haven’t found out who our mentors will be yet, but I will let you all know as soon as I do! I am really looking forward to seeing who the CYL Program matched me up with. In interviews this month I explained I was looking for a mentor who possibly manages a large backgrounding operation as it is something Clay and I are really hoping to ramp up in the next year. My areas of interest include risk management, production economics, innovation, advocacy and using data and technologies to achieve economic returns in my cattle operation.
I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone who watched, shared and discussed the two videos I posted from CYL graduates (Ben’s Ag Career and Penny’s Sustainable Beef Story) and for participating in the Canadian Ag Challenge. The message went far and wide, reached a variety of audiences and sparked great ag conversations. I will post more about this wonderful experience soon!
Looking Forward to October...
House Framing Progress
Calf Weaning & Selling (October 14!)
#AgMonth16 Ag More Than Ever Agvocate Challenge- I am posting one picture per day of my operation to share what agriculture is all about! Join the fun!
Don't miss a thing with these past Digital Scrapbooks...
A Blog About Our Life, Love & Lessons Learned on the Ranch