A Little Evening Walk with the Sheep…

Victoria and Madeline walking their 4-H fair lambs every evening…

 

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Most of the time they have a little shadow…

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Up and down the big hill, it helps exercise the lambs and builds their muscles…it helps exercise the girls too!  ;0)

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Then they practice setting them up…

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And getting them to brace…IMG_1974

Hard to believe we have fair lambs already.   I don’t even want to think forward to fair which means fall is just right around the corner but I’m sure it will be here sooner than I am ready for it…

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Fair winnings…

 

 

Our little Braaten bunch did pretty good at the fair yesterday….

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Tori received Reserve Champion Showman in the Senior division and placed 4th out of about 35 lambs and received a purple top 10 ribbon in the market class!

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Garrett also received Reserve Champion Showman in the Junior division and placed 5th in Market and received a purple ribbon.

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Maddie placed 4th in the Junior division for Showmanship and her lamb placed 10th in Market getting her a purple ribbon!

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Hayden received Grand Champion Showman in the Junior Novice division which had two huge classes of lambs!  He did sooo well his first year showing.  His lamb was one short for making the cut to final round in market.

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Teigen even showed in the Peewee division where all the participants wins a ribbon!

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Our fiber and breedstock projects did an excellent job as well!  Dodge ram won overall Grand champion in the breedstock division and Blossom’s ewe lamb won Reserve Champion.  Our lambs received the majority of the rest of the ribbons too!  Edge ram won Overall Grand  Champion over all other fiber animals and in his own division.  Feebee won Grand Champion in the ewe division for fiber and we received the majority of the rest of the ribbons awarded!

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Wonderful Day!!

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Lamb Show…

Tuesday morning Tori and Romeo went into the show ring…

All lined up...

All lined up...

 

Nervous dad...   ;0)

Nervous dad... ;0)

 

Talking to the judge...

Talking to the judge...

 

 

All set up....

All set up....

 

 

Tori showing

 

A big smile from the ring...

A big smile from the ring...

All done!

All done!

Tori did so well for her first year of showing sheep.  We are so proud of her!  She and Romeo received a blue for showmanship and she learned so much through the whole experience.  They also won a blue for market.  I think she is hooked on showing lambs and will do so again next year.  She said her favorite part was getting Romeo all ready for show, the shearing and washing and primping him all up.  She even had a lot of fun showing him.

Getting Ready…

Today we spent the day getting ready.  It’s the day where you hurry up and wait.  This was Zayne before lunch today…

Tired and cranky little boys...

Tired and cranky little boys...

Other than tired kids though the day went pretty well.  They started with lamb weigh-ins  at 8 am, moved to hogs and finished with steers at sometime past 5 pm.   Maddie’s pig weighed in at 240 and had a loin of 7.72 square inches!  Tori’s lamb weighed in at 129lbs. and Sawyer’s steer was 1149lbs. In between the kids cleaned pens, fed animals and had some fun.  They also groomed their animals and Tori and Sawyer each had to learn how to get their animals ready for the show tomorrow.
Maddie's pig being weighed in...

Maddie's pig being weighed in...

Scrubbing her pig...

Scrubbing her pig...

Tori washing her lamb...

Tori washing her lamb...

Hanging out with her lamb...

Hanging out with her lamb...

Slick shearing....

Slick shearing....

Sawyer waiting his turn at the scale...

Sawyer waiting his turn at the scale...

Sawyer's friend showing him how to fit his steer...

Sawyer's friend showing him how to fit his steer...

Pretty serious business above! ;0)
A little shave...

A little shave...

Tori and Romeo

Tori and Romeo

All ready to go tomorrow…
Royal all ready!

Royal all ready!

Well everyone is very tired tonight and a little nervous/anxious for tomorrow!
We’ll be there bright and early!

Getting Closer…

To Fair Time!
Tori and Romeo...

Tori and Romeo...

 

Romeo has been quite a challenge for Tori and it should be interesting to see how well they do together in showmanship.

Romeo being a bit stubborn...

Romeo being a bit stubborn...

She has pretty high hopes for him in the market portion of the contest as he is at his “ideal” weight and is looking pretty good!

 

What do you suppose she's thinking?

What do you suppose she's thinking?

On Sunday Uncle Jason is going to help her get Romeo all shorn up for fair and Monday is weigh-in for all the all the fair animals.  It will be here before we know it!

4H Project Tour…

On Tuesday we all filed into our van and headed east of the valley to our first stop on our groups 4H project tour.  Once there a small portable scale was unloaded and people got busy trying to convince an ornery pig to jump into this scale.  Once that was accomplished and a weight was determined we talked about what should happen to finish the animal in the next 50 days to get it to it’s ideal weight of 240 to 260lbs.  Then we all jumped back into our cars and drove off to the next house to weigh the next animal.  This is how the evening went and we all had a most enjoyable time.  It was really neat to see how everyone’s projects where going and finishing out and I think the kids even learned quite a bit!  We seen quite a few lambs, a couple pigs and only two steers.  We even had a nice break for some treats half way through.

A pretty canola field that we passed by...

A pretty canola field that we passed by...

Mark was even able to show me a few of the fields he is helping  manage, like the above canola field.

Our house was the last one on the stop and of course the first thing our kids had to show everyone were the baby goats that got lots of oohs and aahs!  Then the weighing started…

Sawyer and Maddie trying to push her hogs up into the scale...

Sawyer and Maddie trying to push her hogs up into the scale...

Maddie’s pigs were none to cooperative and didn’t like being told where to go and let us know by their extremely loud squeals.

Oops! He decided that the scale was not the place for him...

Oops! He decided that the scale was not the place for him...

After a bit of convincing and help from one of the dads both pigs where weighed…

Mr Krantz determining the weight...

Mr Krantz determining the weight...

Porkers weighed 210 and Sizzle weighed 190!  The fair is in 5 weeks and the bottom of the weight scale is 210! So the piggies will be put on a bit of a diet.  ;0)
Tori and Romeo waiting their turn...

Tori and Romeo waiting their turn...

Romeo didn’t give Tori any trouble what so ever and went into the scale lickety-split…
Romeo being weighed...

Romeo being weighed...

Romeo weighed in at about 90lbs, a bit light.  The bottom of the weight requirements is 110 lbs with the ideal weight being about 135 lbs and generally they gain about a 1/2 lb per day.  So Romeo will be boosted up in his feed regiment.
Sawyer’s steer was guesstimated to weigh about 1100 lbs and should put on another 100 lbs before fair time putting him at the ideal weight for steers.  We all had such a good time and are getting excited and a bit nervous for fair as this will be the first time a steer or a sheep have been shown by any of our kids.  But I know they will do just fine…
It’s hard to believe that fair time is only a month and half away!  It seems like once the fair is here, in no time does the cool days of fall show up…time just keeps ticking on by.

Friday Farm Daze

Catching up on the past week…

Stop and enjoy those things that make up your life.

Romeo-Tori's market lamb for the fair, more about him soon! Tori took this picture, and I thought it was too funny!

Romeo-Tori's market lamb for the fair, more about him soon! Tori took this picture- I thought it was too funny!

 

More busy honey bees...

More busy honey bees...

One of my most favorite flowers...mmm...they smell so good!

One of my most favorite flowers...mmm...they smell so good!

Day-dreaming...

Day-dreaming...

A nest in an interesting spot...

A nest in an interesting spot...

Mugo Pine candle...

Mugo Pine candle...

Crab apple blossom...

Crab apple blossom...

Bleeding Heart...

Bleeding Heart...

A little fuzz ball peeper...

A little fuzz ball peeper...