Anyway, like I said it was a quiet day !!
I am really happy to report that today was quiet! I did my schoolwork and cleaned up the house a bit for Mom. I even made Tator Tot Cassarole for dinner. The Bull Stayed where he was suppose to be and so did everything else. When Dad got home I roped a bit to get ready for my roping on Sunday.
Anyway, like I said it was a quiet day !!
Okay so today was Crazy. First, let me just say that our day was suppose to consist of school work, watching the bull and Mom had to run to the spay/neuter van and help out a bit ... That is not however what we ended up doing. Our day started with schoolwork then we had to rounding up the bull and two heifers. That was all before 7 am. Then when we went to do the running for the van Mom got stuck at the shelter for both shifts and Libby the Momma cow got out again.
We finally figured out that it was Libby, the Momma cow, that was breaking down the fence and she was doing it to get to Cherokee. So much for weaning her right now. We put her in with the heifers and we now have peace on the homefront.. Well, almost anyway. Curry has taken to chasing Jorden around the pen. It is cute and funny but not for Jorden ...
So today was Mom's only day off and we had a lot to get done. We had to get the pipe out of the pasture and get all the gates and fencing in place to handle Bob. So, Who is Bob? Well, Meet Bob!
Bob is 100% Pure Angus Beef. He is here first because the man who owns him is having to juggle pastures due to the drought. Second he is here because as you can see we have grass. And third he is here for our heifers. Yes, that means come next July with any luck, and some work from Bob, we will have 4 more little Bobs or Bobbettes running around here.
Mom also sat down and worked up a calendar for our Breeding. From here on out, anything not breed will be breed around My birthday. That will put everything being born when we want it. Sheep and lambs in the Spring, Alpacas in the Fall and the Cattle in between ....
As for tonight Jethro will be staying inside and tomorrow morning he will be taken to be fixed.
Well, with the fair over with I had to get back to work. Mom had to work and Dad got called in but when everyone got home ... It was hammer time. We are working to clear the sheep pasture as it is the cattle breeding grounds.
We strapped the Orange breeding harness on Phinnie and put all the angora girls in with him. We thought we would be safe if we put the shetlands that we plan to breed in with the goats as well but that didn't really work. The Ram, wearing a yellow crayon, started to fight with Phinnie. Even though sheep and goats can't breed the two Men went to town beating each other up anyway. So when the Blood started to fly we put the shetlands in with Hope and Curry.
Chief gets to service all the southdowns and Mom put the two Cotswold that are fine in with them. She doesn't think Chief is tall enough from breeding them but that doesn't stop him from trying ... LOL ... He is sporting a lovely Blue crayon in his breeding harness.
That just leftt the Alpaca's on the pasture so we put them all in a stall together and they will stay that way until we are ready for Juneau to do his thing with Hope but that is all in the timing ... Mom is figuring it all out
Today wrapped up the last day of the Fair. My only event today was the sheep show. Well, let's just says it was interesting. Pistol and Snickers had to show against each other. They were both breeding stock and they both won their class and then Snickers took Grand Champion and Pistol took Reserve Grand Champion.
I used Snickers for showmanship but I didn't do to good because the judge liked sheep with slimmer longer necks and Cotswold are not really known for their slim long necks ... LOL ... well at least they got these ...
Anyway, I made one of Mom's eggs to enter and it got second place. My Stitchmarkers took third. My Hay got 2nd and my Fiber Notebook got 1st but there isn't a class for it at the Tulsa State Fair. My rope cross and spun yarn both took 1st and are going to be in the Tulsa State Fair. And my top win was that the booth I made for Fiber education won first and will also be going to Tulsa.
So I thought today's blog was a bit short so Mom said I should add a Curry picture for the cute factor ...
After the show I came home and we sorted off the Angora Goats ... Phinny has on his harness and we are going to see if he gets the job done this year...
We also got the new worming medication for the goats and they are now all wormed and ready for breeding. We will be sorting everything and the bull will come Monday that will Service our Heifers this year. Other then that everything is just enjoying being home and the loving the rain....
Oh and check out how big Jethro is getting... Tuesday he gets fixed ... Poor pup doesn't even know it yet ....
Well, remember those two other awards that I had to wait for the results to post on??? Well, when the scores posted for showmanship there was only a difference of one point between me and kid I lost to last year. He is older then me and he doesn't work with his bird as much but he knows all the things that the judge asks about. So this year he learned if he wants to beat me he has to work with is bird as well.... You Guessed it I won! Not by much and I am going to be extra sharp next year. Check out my trophy!
That brings my total number of Trophies won so far at this years fair to 7.
As for the herdsman award ... It is an award for keeping your area cleaned up with nothing around that people can trip over and nothing on top of your cage and you have to keep the floor swept, birds fed and watered and help your neighbor do the same. Anyway, Everyone did great the day of the show but no one cleaned today but me and the young man who won Jr. Herdsman award. I guess it pays off to keep things nice and neat.
I did manage to get a few moments of rest with the birds today ... LOL ... Check out the chickens on my feet. Yes they just sit there. The Rooster is Red my showmanship winning rooster. The other was just one of the kids hens that took up with Red. (I think she went to the fair to find herself a boyfriend) They are very tame and so are the birds that belong to most the other kids showing them. That is what makes the fair so much fun. Most birds are not so tame but show birds make great pets....
Here is a picture of a kid with his bird laying on it's back on the kids head. I taught him to put the bird to sleep as we call it and they all got a kick out of seeing who could have them sleep the longest and where ... LOL
I am telling you, we can do all kinds of things with our chickens... That is why we think they are so much fun. I even taught everyone how to hypnotise their birds and how to rock them to sleep. We then use our tricks to add interest to the poultry exhibit for the school kids that come through each year. I did laugh at one of the younger kids helping out today. One of the teachers asked how he learned to do all these things with his bird and he just looked at her and said "From RJ of course." I have to be honest ... I never thought I would be making kids happy showing them poultry tricks so they can show them to others but for some reason at that moment I was proud of it. I know it is really weird to be proud of something so silly but hey you take what you get... LOL
Anyway, with the poultry and rabbit shows over with and the birds and Coco Puff home it is now time to consintrate on the sheep show. It is my last event with livestock and it is tomorrow. When I get home I will also post how my other items that I entered placed.
Today Coco Puff did awesome. I have to say that all the rescue Bunnies did. None of them went home with anything lower then 2nd place and Coco Puff ... Well ... he did us very proud.
Coco Puff got first in his class and Breed Champion!
As for the Chickens I took home Reserve Grand Champion over the whole show and a few other ribbons too. At 1pm Showmanship results and the herdsman awards will be posted so I might even get a couple more. I also entered a Snickers and Pistol in the sheep show. Snickers weighted in at 192lbs. Not only is she the prettiest but she is the largest in the show. A fiber animal outweights the meat sheep ... to funny ... LOL
Just to touch on a bit of business Reeses isn't well right now. She is thin and limping. We aren't sure why but we have put her on medication and she is now in with Hope and Curry so that she doesn't have to move around so much or fight for feed. We will keep you posted as to her progress.
Sorry about the delay. We had internet issues last night and set up and check in at the fair all day today. Anyway, The name of the new Baby is ...CURRY! I have to let you in on a little secret though. I wanted the name Curry not because it was an Herb but because of the old western tv show named Kid Curry. The Name Curry is keeping with our Motto ... Where Fiber meets the west!
I know I was suppose to have this done by now and I was working on it but things just got so messed up really fast. Anyway, I sorted through all the suggested names for the baby and I came up with the best 6 that would fit him. Some names were not used because they are like Sage and Sage for the first thing sounds like a girls name to me Second it is one of the names of the Southdown as it is also a Indian tribe.
Anyway, You get the idea I listed them all and then sorted and found the ones that I feel are the top and If everyone would be so kind as to cast a vote (one per a person even if they share the same pc it is fine)
I will post the final results by tomorrow night so please everyone cast your vote fast... We really are tired of calling him "Here baby, baby, baby!" LOL