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Iowa Youth Livestock Show

Mitchell Miner, 15, of Williamsburg, Iowa and Audri entered the Iowa State Fair’s youth dairy cattle show. They prepared for weeks with Mitchell leading, clipping, walking and bathing Audri nonstop up to the competition. On the day of the show, Mitchell woke up at 3 a.m. his third straight early-morning rise putting the final touches on Audri.

Mitchell and Audri ended up placing fifth out of seven contestants, after hard competition, the two took a nap together.

Homemade Gates – Fish Pond – Horse Barn And Tiny Garden

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pond gate The Pond Gate that allows easy access to our fish pond was designed and handmade by an old fat guy that’s to lazy to walk the long way around to get to the pond. Michelle L. wanted a trellis fitted to the gate. Her plan ‘was’ to plant a trumpet vine on each side of the tresses. Hehehe, trellis and gate were constructed by me and installed by son-n-law and grandson. We are all still waiting for the vines to be planted.

Note to self I had to add a chain with a snap-lock to the gate latch after the gate was erected. Damn Jack A donkey has learned how to unlatch and open the gate.

barn gate The Barn Gate leading to the cow/horse/donkey barn and to the still under construction pig pen was designed by that same old fat guy. Grandson and son-n-law dug the holes for the gate. Mixing and pouring enough cement to fill 2 hand dug gate post holed that were about 8 inches in diameter and 31 inches deep.
The gate latch is a simple drop latch. It’s advantages are that it is easy to build, it works and in the event something gets out of alinement(gate sag) there is no need to relocate your gate latck to make it work properly.

Why the bright Orange paint job, you ask. Grin .. because that’s the color paint grandson had on hand without spending $30.00+ dollars for a gallon for another paint color.

After the cement cures a few more days the barb-wire fence will be cut, attached to the gate poles and re-stretched.

garden gate Tiny Garden Gate Last on my show and tell gates is my Tiny Garden Gate. This gate protects my tiny garden from hungry cows/horse and a crazy donkey. The fence panels and gate are constructed out of 14 gauge, 1 inch square tubing and covered with common farm store bought cattle panels.

Cattle panels come 52 inches tall and 16 feet long, So that’s the size I made my fence panels.

corralCorral While I had the camera out I thought I would take a picture of the corral panels. Each panel is 6 feet tall and 10 feet long. Steel comes in 20 foot bars/joints but I have found that a 20 foot panel is to difficult(heavy) for 2 men to handle and are hard to load and un-load if you need to transport the panels to another location.

The why the panels are 6 feet tall is because we use the panels in working cows as well as Jack A donkey and Poco D horse. Horses will seldom try to go over a panel 4 or 5 feet tall. However a crazy old longhorn bull or cow will. If the top rail of a coral is higher than a bulls head they are not as likely to try to climb or jump your coral fencing.

It (the corral) is currently set up as a 33 foot round corral for walking/running Poco D horse to reestablish who is boss after he has be allowed to be on his own to long.

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Lost In Cyberspace Or Maybe The Space Between My Ears

Lost and sometimes found blog. It seems that every year from the week before Thanksgiving until the week after new Years I’m up to my knees in Parana’s. Places to go, people to see and an untold number of things needing to be done.
It’s still 120 days(4 months) until it will be garden planting time, but, I don’t know if I can wait that long to plant ‘something’!!

It’s only 3 more weeks until Christmas and I’m still recovering from Thanksgiving Day.
I think that we should pass a law that clearly states anyone 65 or older need not smile, say Merry Christmas or put money in those red kettles that seem to be blocking ever business entry door.

I am amazed, shocked and so happy.
The truth of the matter is we had more cows, horses and donkey than we have pasture grass. Hence we are having to buy way to much hay to feed our livestock this winter and spring.
Last week I ran an advertisement listing one – 3 year old longhorn cow (a proven breeder) and one – 14 month old (breeding age) longhorn heifer.

I ran them (cow & heifer) across the scales and the 2 of them together weighed 1620 pounds. Last week at the Apache livestock auction longhorn cows and heifers sold for $2.10 to $2.45 a pound. I sold my two longhorns for $3,400.00. That’s totally unbelievable. $2.10 a pound, (live weight) for a longhorn cow and heifer.

After selling a cow and heifer we still have a yearling heifer and two older longhorn steers to send to the butcher as needed.

My 2 laying hens aren’t. I think they have gone out on strike. Smile or they are still in molt and will soon start laying again.

My-Dogs I had a serious accident back in June this year. I screwed-up badly, I didn’t get my kennel gate latched properly and my female border collie looking dog found my eager to please blue heeler and something mix male. Sooooo… I now have 5 Christmas puppy’s to get rid of. I think I will put them on Craigslist as ‘Free’ Christmas puppy’s. At any rate I can’t keep any of them, I have 3 dogs as it is!!! Two more than I really need. Just soft headed I guess.