Jan Swan Wood: Happy Birthday Clarence, regional entries, chicken scratch, rodeo schools
It’s been another beautiful week with wonderful, warm weather. I can’t tell you how many Marches I’ve wallered through snowdrifts, chopped ice, warmed calves in front of the kitchen stove, and watched their little frozen ears shrivel up from the cold. I don’t miss that, but am sure hoping we make up the spring moisture with warm rains in April and May.
My dear friend Clarence Krogman will be celebrating his 102nd birthday on March 31! He is one of the great treasures of the world, as far as I am concerned, and I want to wish him the best birthday possible. He’s ranched in the White River, SD, country his whole life and raised good horses, good cattle, and a good family all those years. He’s still living on the home ranch, though his daughter now lives with him (he probably has to keep an eye on her anyway) and helps him out. I wish I could be there in person to help him blow out all those candles, but I know that his great family will help him for me. Happy Birthday Clarence! You’re one of a kind!
Last week I told you about a great effort being made to have all of the National High School Rodeo Finals alumni get together at the NHSRF in Rock Springs, WY, this summer. Well, Jim Dickey needs your contact info if you are one of the alumni, and I was unable to share his e-mail address with you last week, so, I’ll share it here. It’s firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call him at: 406-321-0198 or 406-322-1170.
This is a reminder to all of the S.Dak. high school rodeo kids: your regional rodeo entry forms are due April 16. You need to get all of the signatures and the notary’s seal on those entries, so you’d better get started. Don’t wait until the morning of the 16th to start, because that makes Moms cranky and makes their hair turn gray.
There’s a bill coming up before the House of Representatives in Washington D.C., that at first glance doesn’t seem like it would be of concern to us. It’s HR 3798 and was developed by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the United Egg Producers (UEP). Strange bedfellows, for sure, as the HSUS is against anything to do with animal agriculture, and the UEP is all about producing eggs. The UEP was essentially coerced (blackmailed being a harsh term) into cooperating and supporting this bill by HSUS. If they didn’t go along with it, HSUS promised to shut down the industry.
What it would require is larger cages for laying hens, “enriched” environments (classical music and reality TV, perhaps?), and prohibits forced moulting through feed deprivation. It doesn’t mean just the mega-egg mills of the giant chicken farms either. It would also affect the small, cooperative groups of individual farmers and their chickens.
Okay, this is still about chickens, but hear me out. There’s way more to this than meets the eye. It’s not that big of a leap to go from chicken cages to horse stalls or cattle feedlots. Hog farrowing facilities have already been targeted, so why not dairies? What I’m saying is, we can’t let them get their foot in the door on this. If HSUS continues to run the individual ag industries like this, they’ll eventually shut us down, which is their expressed purpose. What will eggs cost when this is implemented? Will we be able to afford our groceries? Europe already has a great deal of this sort of control over the ag sector, and their food prices are out of this world, if the food is even available.
So, take a moment and make a call or send an e-mail to your Congressman. Let them know that you just can’t support any bill that is written by the HSUS. We’ve got to stand together in the ag business, whatever it is that we raise, or we will be standing in line for our food like they do in other countries.
I want to remind you folks that feed supplements to your horses, that you need to determine if you are in a high or low selenium area before feeding supplements with selenium in them. Selenium is an essential nutrient, but in excess, can cripple or kill a horse. So, get your feed tested (hay especially) and find out if you even need additional selenium before you feed a supplement. If you do need it, then you’ll know just how much you need to feed as well. Watching your horse’s hooves and mane and tail fall off isn’t any fun at all, especially for the horse.
Don’t forget the 27th Annual Korkow Ranch Rodeo School April 27-29. Deposits are due April 11! They’ll have Scott Montague on barebacks, Jeff Willert and Chad Ferley on saddle broncs, Fred Boettcher on bulls and Cooper Waln on bullfighting. Call Jim at: 605-224-5607, e-mail email@example.com or check out their Web site at http://www.korkowrodeos.com.
The Race For Dreams barrel race will be April 20-22 at the Camplex, Gillette, WY. This barrel race benefits therapeutic horseback riding for people with disabilities. Both National Women’s Barrel Racing Association (NWBRA) and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) approved, there will be $2,900 added money. Pre-entries are due by April 10. Call Tanya at 307-686-8075 or 307-660-8075, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure and attend the Bulls, Barrels and Ranch Bronc Riding at the fairgrounds at Chadron, NE, on May 26, at 6 p.m. Put on by the Butterfield Rodeo Company, there will also be a calf scramble for the kids. There are limited entries, so call in right away. For more info, call 208-241-6147 or to enter, call 402-360-1531.
The First Annual Prospector Challenge Barrel Race and Pole Bending will be June 1-3 at the Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, SD. The barrels will have $2,250 added and the poles $200, plus it’s UBRA, BBR and WPRA approved. Call 612-384-6730 or e-mail email@example.com for more info.
There will be a team roping clinic at the Rockin S Arena, Bismarck, ND, May 31-June 2. A two-day school with 15 headers and 15 heelers will be May 31 and June 1 and will cost $485 per person. The Advanced school will have eight headers and eight heelers at $300 per person on June 2. Instructors are nine-time Wrangle National Finals Rodeo qualifier David Key, and eight- time World Champion Rich Skelton. Mail your $200 deposit to Rockin S Arena, 3749 136th Ave NW, Bismarck, ND 58503. Call Dale Sorge at 701-220-7510 for more info.
Well, we’ve ridden out the corners so I guess that winds us up for the week. Be sure and send me your upcoming events, results, and items of interest. I’m always glad to share them here.
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Calves on the ground eventually mean dollars in the pocket and steaks in the meat case. It’s the basics of the beef industry.