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#1 TAHOE OFFLINE  

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Posted July 21, 2014 - 06:21 AM

Out local fair officially stared yesterday. My son is a barn superintendent so he has been out there since Tues I think setting up, etc. The other kids had Special interest projects judge Friday so since my wife is the head advisor, she spent half the day Friday out there while they got judged. I spent most of day Saturday hauling in animals, tack boxes, getting all the cages set up. 

Sunday afternoon was shaving/clipping hooves on three goats and then bathing them for goat show Sunday evening. After that was washing 9 chickens and a turkey. 

We have poultry show today, getting ready to head out. 

Rabbits and goats on Weds, that will be a stressful one.

 

It's only Monday morning and I feel like we've been there two weeks, just plumb wore out already. 

 

So if I'm not around this week, you will know why. 

 

I will try to post some pics, but I have to get from wife ,then upload so maybe a while. 

 

 

Oh, I did pick up my new to me tractor....I am so stoked.


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Posted July 21, 2014 - 06:36 AM

I remember fair time. I always wondered why my parents looked tired that week... :D
Good luck and have a great time
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Posted July 21, 2014 - 07:36 AM

some of my cousins where there yesterday. They said they had lots of fun


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Posted July 21, 2014 - 10:27 AM

Hang in there Marty. I know what you are going though, but when the kiddos are gone you'll look back on these times as some of the best days ever!!


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Posted July 22, 2014 - 01:09 PM

Thanks for comments.

 

Brian we have already been talking about it coming to an end. Both kids only want another year. Not sure what I will do with an extra week of vacation each year. haha. Been taking last week of July off for the last 10 yrs. 

 

Quick update: 

 

Sunday- "born and raised" goat show. It's for only animals born in the county. We had one place  4th out of  11, the other 3 were at the bottom of the class. One was a dairy goat so we knew it would be bottom, other is a dairy/boer mix so it has no meat, but we knew that. 

 

Missed the GT tractor pull- I was watching kids getting judged and bathing goats  :(

 

Monday- poultry   1 pen of the "pen of 3" meat chickens came in 6th out of 44 pens so that one did well. They all go to auction Saturday. 

               Turkeys- we got 3rd, 4th, and 7th out of 15 birds. The #7 would have placed in top 5 but had a blister on his breast

                so it got knocked down.

 

Still exhausted and heading out right now to shave more goats, bath them and help wife clean up the rabbits.

White NZ suck keeping white! 

 

Low of 90's  and high humidity, but cold front coming in, back in low 80's and maybe some rain for rest of week, great for 300 animals stuck in a barn  :dancingbanana:


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Posted July 22, 2014 - 01:49 PM

I can't imagine showing Rabbits in this heat, so glad our stock show is in late Jan.. Around here all the breeders are trying to keep their Bucks cool enough to be able to breed in a few more weeks.


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Posted July 24, 2014 - 08:42 AM

Weds update:

 

Rabbits

Daughter got 2 & 3rd with Netherlands, dutch was in poor condition.

Son- Pen of three NZ whites got 5th out of 17 pens. NZ buck got 4th, but was barely a senior and going up against full size. The doe got 3rd over all right behind the Best of Breed and best opposite. Had she been full size also, pretty sure they would have gotten a running.

 

Goats:

Daughter, not so well, our boer does are both thin in overall width going up against some pretty nice does, her 16-20 month class had 21 does in it.

Son- not well either, his dairy/boer market wether was last which we knew it would, the other wether placed 9 out of 13, he just didn't have the fullness he needed.

My "adoptive son" actually my son's best friend, placed 3rd with his 64# wether out of 9 and he won Grand Champion Market Dairy wether. We were stoked. He had a really nice animal.

 

So, other than running all the animals through that market sale on Saturday and bring home the others, fair is pretty much over WOOHOO. Ole dad needs a rest. Goats go on packer truck, Turkeys, chickens go through sale, but kids usually keep and they go in freezer soon. 

 

The big guy is Seth our adoptive son ( has the black and white goat), the blond and shorter young man is ours, Kaylynn and Drew. 

 

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Posted July 24, 2014 - 09:49 AM

Looks like they did Good with most everything they showed. Glad to hear they made the sale so they can get some $$ for their hard work.

 

Great Job!!


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Posted July 27, 2014 - 10:51 AM

It's Sunday morning and fair is over. Skipped church  :(  this morning, we were all beat to death from the last 8 days of non stoppage. 

Didn't get home with animals until around 9pm last night.

 

 

So, had market sale yesterday

Pen of 3 rabbits- $125

3 pens of Pen of 3 chickens- $100, 125,& 125 

3 Turkeys- $125, 175 & 175

Goats-  $175, 200, 225 & 250

 

Daughter gets $100 for chickens'

Son gets approx $1100 with sale price plus the packer price, goats are $1.875 per pound this year :rocker:

Our other "son": gets about $ 875 for his sale! 

Good year for sales! 

 

The goats went to packer truck then to slaughter house, the poultry/rabbits came home. Turkeys/chickens will go in freezer. 

 

The boys and wife and daughter had a rough time this year, the one goat, "kevin" was a bottle baby and like a pet dog. That one hurt, but all part of raising a market animal. 

 

Butler County Fair 2014 in the books! 

Now to look forward to 2015! The planning begins. 


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Posted July 27, 2014 - 11:11 AM

good job, that's what it's all about.


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Posted July 27, 2014 - 11:26 AM

Yea it's a lot of work for me, but worth it for the kids.

Somehow though, they make money and I always take the loss  :wallbanging:  :D


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Posted July 27, 2014 - 12:00 PM

Yea it's a lot of work for me, but worth it for the kids.

Somehow though, they make money and I always take the loss  :wallbanging:  :D

 

Boy I know that's right. I never come out on the 4H projects, but the Girls do build up their college fund so maybe it will help me out down the road.

 

The sale prices look pretty good overall, glad they did well Marty !! :thumbs:


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