We are so proud of the thoughtful, hard-working, young man that he is!
And one of the littlest boys…
The little boys were being awfully quite which generally means trouble… but I found them napping peacefully together on the floor!
A little boy brought me a little something with his older brother’s help…
We have been having problems with a couple of sheep being renegades and crawling through the portable fence. So this week Sawyer and I brought back all the sheep and sorted out all the trouble makers. They then ended up staying in the main pasture for a couple of days due to being busy haying and then yesterday the kids and Iwere able to get them pushed back over to the portable fencing where there is more grass. So last night Mark went over to check the voltage on the wires and to check on what it would take to put a perment fence in over there. There is already a fence in place that looks pretty good, with the exception of the east side that is almost completly down but still has all the posts and most of the wire. For the rest of the pasture it looks like we’ll just need to put in a couple of new post, insulators and one more round of wire to keep them in. We then could do some rotational grazing, and then if someone popped through the temporary fence we wouldn’t have to worry so much about them getting into the neighbors yards as all of them seem to respect the main fence (with 7000+ volts) running through it. Mark also GPS’ed the garden and found out it was 4/10ths of an acre.
So last night I was able to ride the property lines with Mark as he checked on the fencing situation and GPS’ed the whole thing. When we got back to the house the littlest boys where wanting a ride so off they went with Mark. Zayne was too cute, his little eyes would get real big and he would smile and then wave. When it was all done he got so mad to have to get off. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing! (Him being so little and already thinking the 4-wheeler is so fun!)
It’s hard to believe that summer is leaving us fast behind. With fall just around the corner the guys here have been busy hauling hay for all the various creatures here to sustain them through the winter.
After the lamb show was finished up we were able to go home for a couple of hours and catch a much needed nap and then we were back to the fairgrounds before 5pm to watch Sawyer and Royal in the steer show. Sawyer worked so hard this year and we all spent many-an-hour worrying over this critter, from whether or not he would make weight to how wild he was going to be at the show. They both did so well!
Wow! This was such a great experience for Sawyer! Showing an animal is so dependant upon that animal that it can really make things interesting for the show-person. If the animal is having an off night due to being in a strange place with lots of different/loud noises, different tasting water that they don’t like, lots of different people, different schedules, being around new animals, etc it can really be a challenge. However, Royal worked so well with Sawyer Tuesday night and for showmanship Sawyer and Royal were called back to the finals which completely surprised Sawyer. He said he never dreamed of being called back. The judge complemented Sawyer on how well fitted and cleaned Royal was, on on how knowledgeable Sawyer was and how much he appreciated Sawyer’s calm demeanor. In showmanship they only awarded grand and reserve, which he did not win but placed in the top 6 and Sawyer was very pleased with that! For market Sawyer was also called back for the final rounds and placed 9th out of the 34 steers there and received a purple ribbon for being one of the top 12! He did so good and worked extremely hard. We are so proud of him! He too is hooked on showing and is looking forward to next year.
On Sunday Sawyer took him to the fair grounds to have his hooves trimmed and to get him weighed. He weighed in at 1115 lbs so he will definitely make weight, which is a huge relief to all of us. :0) Sawyer is now actually looking forward to fair!
I was able to scout midge with Mark and the little boys again last night. Here’s some scenes from the evening…
I love the outline of the mountains to the north here…
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