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Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Cowboy Christmas Ball, Buck & Ball, Wyoming brand renewal

We finally got our cows preg checked this week and we couldn't be happier with the results. By calving in late April, our cows are on green grass and on the gain shortly after they calve and are in the peak of condition when turnout time comes on July 13. It sure works for us. We kept the heifer calf pairs at home and will get them eating cake with the cows, then fence-line wean them. When the cows decide it's time to go back to winter pasture they'll quit the calves and go stand by the gate. Pretty simple deal.

I keep seeing news reports about "falling gas prices." Boy, I sure haven't seen them fall here. More like creep down like semi-frozen molasses on a tin roof. They're sure better than they were, though. At least $25 at the pump makes the needle move on the gauge again. Might even get a five gallon gas can full for less than $25!

The Black Hills Cowboy Christmas Ball, and old time concert and dance, will be Dec. 13 at the historic Homestake Opera House on Main Street in Lead, S.D. This is an extraordinary building in the midst of a renovation toward it's former glory and worth the drive just to see. The entertainment lineup looks excellent and should be a great time for everyone. The matinee is at 2 p.m., antiques auction at 4 p.m., evening show at 7 p.m. and a dance to follow. Tickets can be bought by calling 800-344-5122. They are $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

There will be a team sorting practice at the Event Center in Rapid City, South Dakota, on Dec. 14, at 10 a.m.

The annual New Year's Even Buck & Ball at the Camplex in Gillette, Wyoming has tickets available now. Since it has sold out the last several years, advance tickets are highly recommended. You can get them by calling 307-682-8801 or going to http://www.camplex.com, or stop at the Camplex office. The event is Dec. 31, and starts at 6:45 p.m. with introductions. There will be the usual lineup of invitation only bareback, saddle bronc, and bull riders, 20 per event.

The Wyoming Livestock Board wants to remind you that the biannual brand renewal deadline is Dec. 31. Notices have been sent out, but if you've moved or somehow changed mailing addresses, you might not have received yours. Be sure and contact them if you haven't gotten your notice (unless you just renewed, as brand renewals are staggered) by calling 307-777-7515. There is a 60 day grace period, but it would sure be a shame to lose your good brand because you forgot to renew it.

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The AQHA has extended the deadline for the Incentive Fund Stallion Nomination until Jan. 31, 2015. This would be for the 2015 breeding year.

The Eighth Annual Roper Apparel and Footwear Barrel Futurity has a new date! The 2015 event will be held Memorial Day weekend, May 22-24 at the Camplex in Gillette, Wyoming. First futurity payment is due March 1. Contact Lynn Kohr at 307-680-5271, or go to http://www.kohrquarterhorses.com.

I've been working on getting my Christmas shopping done ahead of time. It seems like December goes by awfully fast no matter what, so I vowed to start earlier this year. I have some homemade gifts to get done for the grandsons, but have a little more time as they won't be here for Christmas this year. I try to do as much of my buying in my own county and with local craftsmen as possible. I so appreciate having the stores we do here in my little town and in our county seat of Belle Fourche and want to support them as much as possible and have my sales tax go toward my own county. I know it's not much, but if we all do that, it adds up.

Well, that's my circle for the week. I'd better go unsaddle before it gets dark. Have a wonderful week. Be sure and send me any upcoming events and fundraisers that you'd like to have shared here.