Rollover auction, cowboy reunion, SDHSRA dues by Nov. 1, thrush, grass founder
October 26, 2014
We've sure been having some beautiful fall weather. It makes for nice conditions for pre-conditioning calves, shipping yearlings and all the other fall work that happens whether it's nice or not. My little grandsons and I went to the sale last week and saw calves bringing more money than I ever imagined possible. Everyone thinks the market's so high, and it is, but it's in keeping with the cost of production. Have you priced a new pickup or trailer lately? How about a tractor and baler? Yep, the market's great, but it's what it ought to be for what it has cost us to stay in the business all these years. I'm sure happy for everyone who is showing a nice return this year. After last year, it is well earned.
There will be a benefit roll-over auction at the Belle Fourche Livestock Exchange for long time sale barn cafe' cook, Toni Bronsin-Hill on Oct. 16, 12 noon. There will be a silent auction from 12-3 as well. Toni is battling cancer and has undergone two surgeries with more to come, plus treatments. She has been in the hospital since Sept. 18. An account has also been set up in her name at First Interstate Bank for donations. For more information about the auction, call Anita Pepin at 605-641-0634 or McKinzi McInerney at 605-569-0106.
On Oct. 18, at the First Gold in Deadwood, S.D., will be the eighth annual Cowboy Reunion. Happy hour starts at 5 p.m. with supper at 6 p.m. Bull sessions will follow until well into the night. For more information, call Johnny Holloway at 605-964-3088.
The SDSU Barrel Racing Fundraiser will be Oct. 18 at Brookings, S.D. Signup will start at 9 a.m., exhibitions 10-11:45, peewees at 11:45 and open to follow peewees. It will be in the barn behind Swiftel and will be SDBRA sanctioned. For info call McKenzie at 605-630-9327 or Kate at 605-864-8294.
Don't forget the WRCHA Ranch Horse Competition on Oct. 19 at the Camplex, Gillette, Wyo. You can pre-enter by 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18. There will be prizes paid out to fifth place in all four divisions. Call Kara Jo Webster at 605-440-0663 for information. You can download an entry form at http://www.wrcha.net/cathycolemanpage.html.
South Dakota high school rodeo kids need to have their memberships in by Nov.1. They can still join after that but it will cost substantially more. There's a lot of paperwork to fill out and plenty of signatures necessary, so don't wait until the last day to do this. Your moms will be much less crabby about it if you do it early.
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Green Valley Cowhorses Cattle Classic Ranch Sorting will be Nov. 15, 8:30 a.m., at the Valley County fairgrounds, Ord, Neb. There will be added money plus buckles and saddles awarded. Multiple classes for all skill levels will be offered, so it will be fun for everyone. Call Scott Beck at 402-649-2562 or Ryan Bodyfield at 308-750-8152 for info. You can also email them at email@example.com.
All the rain this year has lead to some folks having a little trouble with thrush in their horses' hooves. If your horses run in muddy conditions, be sure and clean those feet out and check them once in a while. It's nasty stuff but not that terribly hard to get healed up if you catch it before it gets into all the deep fissures in the hoof.
I'm also hearing of some horses grass foundering on all the bright green grass that's growing after the rain. If you have an obese horse, pony, burro or mule, keep them off that green grass until it freezes back and quits growing. The cool mornings make that green grass especially problematic for foundered or prone to founder horses. An ounce of prevention is worth way more than a pound of cure in this situation.
Well, that's my circle for this week. Be sure an send me any events, benefits, news items that you think should be in this column and I'll be happy to share them. I really appreciate you folks that let me know several weeks in advance of an event so there's plenty of time to get it in the paper. Have a wonderful week!