Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Ice and wind, get-togethers at stock show, processing fight to continue, upcoming clinics and series | TSLN.com

Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Ice and wind, get-togethers at stock show, processing fight to continue, upcoming clinics and series

This ever present wind is beginning to grow on me I think. I'm noticing that one leg seems to be getting longer though, so must remember to walk the other direction more so they stay even. It's just been a booger, hasn't it? With all the ice I believe that livestock could just slide clear out of the country if not for the fences.

I'm thankful for many things every day, but I'm most thankful to not be calving. Between the ice and the wind, I don't know how a little calf could ever get on his feet. One of my neighbors bought some ewes that were supposed to lamb in April and some of them are lambing now, so they're enjoying that a lot. January is just a raw time for a baby anything to arrive. I'm not much more keen on February and March either. One more cold April and we'll be calving in June!

At least a great deal of the snow is cleared off. Of course, that's where all the ice came from, but the cows are able to graze again. As long as they don't fall in the creek, which is about 2/3 full, they'll be fine.

I saw a stock dam along the highway the was about half opened up. That's pretty scary if there's livestock around it, which there was. I hope those steers go to the open side from the bank and not from over the ice for their drinks. Folks along the rivers have been having a time of it crossing stock over too. With a foot of water running on top of the ice, livestock are just too smart to want to go off into that.

The AQHA and SDQHA will be hosting an AQHA Breeder reception on Jan. 31, 6:30 to 8:30 pm after the BHSS horse sale in Rapid City, S.D. It will be at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn Dakota Ballroom and will be an evening of fellowship plus a discussion about the October blizzard and subsequent losses by horse breeders.

Also at the Holiday Inn Dakota Ballroom during the stock show, there will be a Stock Show Reunion Fellowship on Sunday, Feb. 2, 9:30 a.m. Join them for great music and a message.

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Don't give up yet on the fight to restore humane processing of horses in the U.S. The Ag Appropriations portion of the Omnibus bill once again attached annual riders that prohibit USDA from putting inspectors in the plant, but this bill will expire Sept. 30. Senator Inhofe of Oklahoma is putting a bill together to restore this, so get on the phone with your congressmen and senators, plus the ag appropriation committee members, and tell them to please get the inspectors back on track so horse processing can resume.

I've heard some talk that the Las Vegas group and the PRCA are at least talking to one another again and are working toward reaching a deal to continue with the WNFR at Vegas. No word on how this would effect the prorodeo hands that have started their own group. I'll try to find out more by next week.

The 22nd Annual Breakaway clinics at Golliher Arena south of Belle Fourche, S.D., will be March 7-9 and April 17-19, with deadlines for deposits March 1 and April 10, respectively. Instructors will be Jerry Golliher, Carole Hollers and Zeann Golliher and tuition is $350. These great clinics fill fast, so get ahold of them right away to reserve your spot. Contact Carole at 605-391-9702, email carole.hollers@gmail.com, or call Gollihers at 605-642-5363.

Spring is almost in the air! The Spring 2014 Barrel Series dates at Golliher Arena have been set. They are March 16, 22, 30; April 6, 12; finals on May 4; makeup date May 3. For more info, call them at 605-642-5363 or email them at zgolliher@hotmail.com.

All of the Wyoming brands that weren't renewed by the Dec. 31, 2013, deadline are now considered abandoned brands and are available. The list of these brands was released Jan. 13. Also, the new Wyoming brand book will be available on a first come basis for $35 plus $5 shipping. A CD of the brand book is $22. Contact the Wyoming Livestock Board in Cheyenne for details at 307-777-7515. The web site is http://www.wlsb.state.wy.us.

That's my circle for the week. Keep some big rocks in your pockets so the wind doesn't blow you away! Hopefully I'll get to see you at the stock show. I'd love to visit with you there.