Saturday, August 31, 2013

Finally, Asteroid!!

I had a lot of requests for pix of Asteroid, and darn that boy, he's just so hard to get a good shot of!  But finally, this morning, the sun was on our side and he was in a posing mood, so I snapped off a gaggle of shots of the beefy boy.  I also included one lone shot of his little pal Aston at the very end.  Congratulations to Justin of Vancouver, Washington, on his acquisition of both Asteroid and Aston!

Enjoy!  Don't forget to click on the first pix to start the slideshow

Asteroid led the crop at weaning on 30 August at a monster 680#!!











Aston, a young guy who enjoys hangin' with his big pal Asteroid and his 'girlfriend Astrid

Friday, August 30, 2013

Cows For Sale

A partial list of our sales pen.  Pix taken today, 30 August.  Click on the first pix for the slide show and full sized pix
 


09 Vanlda 274V aka Misty.  DOB 11 March 2009, BW 69#, ADJ205d 617#, 205index 97.  Sire:  09 McKinley 240T (HA McKinley X 09 Thomson's Miss 171K).  Dam:  09 Miss L24 (SCRX Power 165J X 09 Thomson's Miss TF11).  Misty is a sweet, sweet girl who produces really, REALLY nice, gentle and well put together calves.  She has never needed assistance calving.  Had twins first time around by herself.  Her son by Roar is a herdsire, and her current calf, Annika, is an incredibly nice heifer.  The only reason Misty is for sale is because she just isn't quite making the grade in my breeding programme for what I'm working towards.  She has her Bangs and if the buyer desires any shots beyond that, I will be most happy to have OSU come out and give what the buyer wants.  The buyer is responsible for the cost, and it's not much, usually less than $40 including the farm call.  Misty is priced very reasonably at $1100 and is due in early 2014, bred back to Roar.  Misty is SOLD






Morgan Rivers Xotic Romance, aka Dawn.  DOB 4 April 2010, BW 74 WW 490 12 Sept.  Sire:  JB Roar (Willalooka Pharaoh P47 X JB Monique Marie).  Dam:  JB Romance Rose (ER Smokin' Gun X 09 Opal 172K).  Dawn is a sweet, gentle cow and a great mom, raising a really nice heifer calf this year (Astrid, SOLD).  An accident while pulling her almost 3 week overdue first heifer calf resulted in the death of that calf, and we successfully grafted a dairy calf onto her.  Astrid came easy and Dawn proved to be a loving and attentive mother.  She does have a poor topline, which is the only reason she is for sale.  OSU has checked her out and said that nothing appears to be wrong, it's just the way she's built.  Does not affect her ability to calve, breed or motivate around the pastures, and she's usually one of the two lead cows running for the feeder when she hears the puttputt.  She is bred to Morgan Rivers Zamora for an early 2014 calf.  Dawn is priced at $1000.  Dawn is SOLD


Morgan Rivers Amulet, aka Amy.  DOB 15 March, BW 72#.  Will be weaned and weighed mid September.  Sire:  Morgan Rivers Talisman (JB Prized X JB Ruffian).  Dam:  Morgan Rivers Yankee Lady (Warrook Zenda (AI) X HD Vanya).  Amy is a long, elegant heifer calf, Joy's firstborn.  She will make a nice replacement heifer or a great 4H project.  Amy is SOLD


Morgan Rivers Aston, aka Aston.  DOB 30 March, BW 68#.  Will be weaned and weighed mid September.  Sire:  Morgan Rivers Talisman (JB Prized X JB Ruffian).  Dam: Morgan Rivers Xpensive (JB Roar X JB Moonstruck).    Aston is a well put together, chunky little bull calf that will be a great 4H project or a nice herd sire for someone looking to bring tenderness to the table.  Aston is SOLD

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Orchid Tree Flourishes

It never fails.  Jan and I hit the Peoria Gardens end of the season super duper sale and then the little nursery on the way home.  Which is about the only time we ever hit that nursery, it's so out of the way.  And I always say the same thing - 'no, got plenty to plant from Peoria, I'll just hang out and watch Jan buy the place out'.  And then, I end up with more stuff than she does from that little nursery.  This trip, Jan nabbed the last hanging basket of a gorgeous red and white snapdragon that Dale saw in the pix of the back of Really Big Red that I sent him.  He immediately texted back to say he really loved that hanging basket.  So we went back in search of another but came up empty.  So I saw a hanging basket of deep magenta and ice white petunias at the little nursery on the way home, and decided to go ahead and get that to make up for the snapdragon basket.  Then I thought, why not get two, hang one on each end of the garage shop?  Then there was the lovely blue and white double sage I got last year and never got planted.  Got a coupla sixers of those and made myself a promise to absolutely get them planted this time.  And you'll see the salpiglossis down a few posts - Jan gets those every year and this year I gave in to temptation and got several sixers.  There was the three showstopping dahlias I just couldn't let languish in the back greenhouse when I had the perfect spot for them.  And then there was this stunning beauty.  Simply labeled 'Korean Orchid Tree', there were several specimens in small pots, and then we came across what was probably the donor plant - a magnificent shrub/treelet in the shade greenhouse.  Yeah, I had the perfect spot for that, I already knew where.  So I grabbed one of the smaller pots.  I nearly killed it in the greenhouse when it fell over and out of the water tray, and when I planted it, I wasn't sure it would come back from the near dead, but not only did it, but it burst into bloom to show how happy it was.
 
Now, if someone can just tell me what it REALLY is, I'd be grateful.  Sure is pretty and loves it in the deep shade and cool, damp soil of the wine barrel.  Wish the flowers were scented - anything that lovely should have a fragrance to match.
 
And, you might notice some water on those blooms.  Yes, it rained today - actual rain!!  Not quite .10", but enough that Dale got back on the tractor and started harrowing the north pasture
 
 


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Stampede!!

It was pretty funny.  Jim left the trailer in the pasture while Bonnie wandered around taking pictures.  Roar was convinced there were women in that trailer for him, somewhere in that trailer, there HAD to be.  Whenever that trailer shows up, it always has women for him.  This time, it only had his son Zamora in it, but you couldn't convince him there were no women in there being held against their will.  He walked around that big ol' gooseneck stock trailer, nose to the openings at the top, yelling.  I finally decided to just open the loading door and let he see there were no women in there.  The wind caught the door and flung it open, and every cow and calf that was standing around watching Roar turned tail and fled to the safety of the treeline.
 
Roar, however, was finally satisfied with sniffing the muck on the doors and floor, gave a snort of disgust, and wandered off a bit as Jim drove the trailer out of the pasture gate.
 
Don't forget to click on the pix, it's pretty funny.  That's Vicky C's big, preggo butt at the far right of the pix, waddling as fast as she can
 

Bonnie Took Some Cow Pictures - Roar

Yep, that's 2200# of manly beef on the hoof right there.  Any wonder his kids are awesome?
 


Bonnie Took Some Cow Pictures - Amy

Love the ears - 'Are you sure you're getting a good enough butt shot?'

 
Amy was weaned 30 September at 510#
 
Amy is SOLD

Bonnie Took Some Cow Pictures - Astrid

A partial list of our sales pen.  Pix taken today, 30 August.  Click on the first pix for the slide show and full sized pix
 


09 Vanlda 274V aka Misty.  DOB 11 March 2009, BW 69#, ADJ205d 617#, 205index 97.  Sire:  09 McKinley 240T (HA McKinley X 09 Thomson's Miss 171K).  Dam:  09 Miss L24 (SCRX Power 165J X 09 Thomson's Miss TF11).  Misty is a sweet, sweet girl who produces really, REALLY nice, gentle and well put together calves.  She has never needed assistance calving.  Had twins first time around by herself.  Her son by Roar is a herdsire, and her current calf, Annika, is an incredibly nice heifer.  The only reason Misty is for sale is because she just isn't quite making the grade in my breeding programme for what I'm working towards.  She has her Bangs and if the buyer desires any shots beyond that, I will be most happy to have OSU come out and give what the buyer wants.  The buyer is responsible for the cost, and it's not much, usually less than $40 including the farm call.  Misty is priced very reasonably at $1100 and is due in early 2014, bred back to Roar.  Misty is SOLD






Morgan Rivers Xotic Romance, aka Dawn.  DOB 4 April 2010, BW 74 WW 490 12 Sept.  Sire:  JB Roar (Willalooka Pharaoh P47 X JB Monique Marie).  Dam:  JB Romance Rose (ER Smokin' Gun X 09 Opal 172K).  Dawn is a sweet, gentle cow and a great mom, raising a really nice heifer calf this year (Astrid, SOLD).  An accident while pulling her almost 3 week overdue first heifer calf resulted in the death of that calf, and we successfully grafted a dairy calf onto her.  Astrid came easy and Dawn proved to be a loving and attentive mother.  She does have a poor topline, which is the only reason she is for sale.  OSU has checked her out and said that nothing appears to be wrong, it's just the way she's built.  Does not affect her ability to calve, breed or motivate around the pastures, and she's usually one of the two lead cows running for the feeder when she hears the puttputt.  She is bred to Morgan Rivers Zamora for an early 2014 calf.  Dawn is priced at $1000.  Dawn is SOLD


Morgan Rivers Amulet, aka Amy.  DOB 15 March, BW 72#.  Will be weaned and weighed mid September.  Sire:  Morgan Rivers Talisman (JB Prized X JB Ruffian).  Dam:  Morgan Rivers Yankee Lady (Warrook Zenda (AI) X HD Vanya).  Amy is a long, elegant heifer calf, Joy's firstborn.  She will make a nice replacement heifer or a great 4H project.  Amy is priced at $600



Morgan Rivers Aston, aka Aston.  DOB 30 March, BW 68#.  Will be weaned and weighed mid September.  Sire:  Morgan Rivers Talisman (JB Prized X JB Ruffian).  Dam: Morgan Rivers Xpensive (JB Roar X JB Moonstruck).    Aston is a well put together, chunky little bull calf that will be a great 4H project or a nice herd sire for someone looking to bring tenderness to the table.  Aston is SOLD

Bonnie Took Some Cow Pictures - Alfie's Butt

What's a picture of Zamora's butt without one of his little brother Alfie's?

Alf was weaned on 30 August at a whopping 660#!

Bonnie Took Some Cow Pictures - Vicky Cristina

Vicky Cristina, due September 15th.  Don't get much deeper or thicker than this girl



Cabin Fever Victoria, DOB 5 March 2010. Sire: Morgan Rivers Talisman. Dam: Cabin Fever Li'l Nellie, by Cabin Fever Derringer.   BW u/k. Weight on 11 April 2013 - 1400#. Due approx 15 September, JB Roar. $1000.

Bonnie Took Some Cow Pictures - Zamora's Butt

Nice butt.  An overheard remark - 'Wouldn't THAT bull look awesome in tight jeans!'
 

Bonnie Took Some Cow Pictures - Auroara

With 8 year old mom Ruffian
 


Bonnie Took Some Cow Pictures - Annika

The other day, Bonnie and Jim came by to drop off Zamora after his successful showing at the Josephine County Fair in Grants Pass (Grand Champion), as well as his visit with her ladies in Roseburg.  And, as usual, she took just a few pix.  I broke them up by name.  Easier than making up one giant phlog post.

Congrats to Zoe of Bend, Oregon, on her acquisition of Anni!!

Don't forget to click the pix to start the slideshow on any post

Anni was weaned on 30 August at 535#




What Hotwire?

Oh yeah.  THAT hotwire.  The one that runs from the post to the fence.  Ooopsie
 
 


In The Trenches II

The first and most critical drain in the feederbunks is installed and ready to work, should it ever rain.  Now, on to the harder of the two, the one actually inside the covered portion of the bunks
 



Tomato Perfection

While this isn't the first tomato of the season, it's the first I consider about the most perfect tomato out of the garden to date.  A ripe and ready to eat heirloom 'Persimmon', freshly plucked and washed
 
 





Salpigwhatnow?

Salpiglossis, aka Painted Tongue or Stained Glass flower.  As in one gorgeous, easy to grow annual that comes in a bunch of colours, with and without the 'tongue' markings.  I am growing two varieties this year, this one pictured below and a bright, cheery yellow one.  I'm excited to try overwintering them in the greenhouse, as given enough time - Jan and I got our late in the season this year - they form a tidy shrub covered from early summer to frost in blankets of flowers
 
 


Thursday, August 22, 2013

In The Trenches

The big feederbunk drainage project is well under way.  Saturday, Dale went and got the Goliath of trenchers from the equipment rental place in Corvallis, where THIS time they gave us no grief about the size of the truck pulling it.  Last time, we had Big Red, the '04 F150 FX4, and they wouldn't let us pull it with him.  This time, not a peep.
 
Dale got after it and in less than an hour, he was loading the beast back onto its trailer and hauling it back, while I started clearing out the infall.  Later, we took out a large section of the centre fenceline to make it far easier to maneuver the tractor in and out to remove dirt and add the rock base to the bottom of the trenches.  We used our big Priefert cattle panels to replace the section of fence, which will make it so much easier next spring to clean out the bunks.  Dale's been wanting to do that for a long time now, this was as good a time as any.
 
Next up will be filling with the rock, then laying the drainage pipe, another layer of rock, the geotex cloth and one more layer of rock.  Good thing our local 'quarry' still has plenty of rock to be had.  Something to be said for having a quarry less than a mile from the ranch.  Next time I hope that Don brings in too much hemlock mulch for the new place.  We can take his excess of that as well
 
 








I was just struck by the primary colours of the big stuff out there