Lord, bless those we love this Christmas day, be they near or far away. Bless those good friends who mean so much and those with whom we’re out of touch. We bring them all to You in prayer, and ask You to keep them in Your care.
Updated December 1, 2018 with the replacement website!
Several years ago I alerted you to the ability to sign up to receive emailed auction reports from some (though not all) auctions across the country. That service has changed.
Once again we had a great school in Canada! We hadn’t been to Manitoba since 2012, so it was time to come again! We had great, warm weather and, as always, excellent attendees!
Although Richard and I have “wet” fly fished for many years at a local trout park, we had yet to experience “real” fly fishing, and we certainly weren’t prepared for a day of fly fishing on the South Fork of the Snake River August 19. But, never fear, our guide was there to assist us!
Grey, a very patient and knowledgeable young man, knew the words to say and the way to say them to get across the greatest knowledge in the least amount of time. After all, we were just going to be on the river for about eight hours, and he had to help us catch fish to make our day complete (and help encourage us to come back).
Grey said there are basically ten main points to fly fishing. Although he didn’t actually line them out, at the end of the day I came up with the following list, how they helped us catch fish, and how they can also help us be better stock-handlers.
Our second school of the August western trip was near Caldwell, Idaho at South Mountain Cattle. We’d like to especially thank Matt and Pyper Duckett for hosting us at their ranch!
And, we would also like to sincerely thank the following businesses for providing lunches for the classes:
We’d like to give a special shout-out to Nick and Cassie of Sidney Feed & Supply for promoting our school and providing the livestock to drive!
The question came up in one of my email lists of where to find archived USDA livestock reports, and I did a little searching to find the answer. Then I thought our readers here might also be interested.
Here’s how to find them! First, find the URL of the auction or the prices you want from this page:
This will lead you to a page with a URL similar to this one for the Missouri Weighed Avg page:
You will need to note down the last part of this URL. In this case, we will use the part: jc_ls795
Now, navigate to this page:
Mom, Richard, and I have been talking about writing the book about Mom and Dad’s life for a long time now. Finally, we realized that, if we don’t start on it and really put some focus into it, it just won’t happen. Therefore, we have decided to not teach ANY schools in 2019 (except the 3 day Marketing and Stockmanship School in February just before the 2019 Bud Summit) so we can focus on collecting the information and writing the book.
So, if you have been putting off attending a school thinking, “I’ll just get the next one,” you might consider attending one of these four schools, or you will need to wait until 2020.
Here is the information about our remaining schools:
Watch for notice that the book is ready to order!
We had another excellent school in Saskatchewan this week! The school was a mix of old and new friends all sharing and learning about Livestock Marketing and Proper Stockmanship.