So long old friend, Khadafy Skoal, call those reps, CNFR and steer roping |

So long old friend, Khadafy Skoal, call those reps, CNFR and steer roping

Our calves did well at the sale. Our steer calves weighed 595 pounds and brought $1.77/lb, so no complaints here. The first calf heifers’ steers were in that bunch too, so very pleased with them. We calve the end of April and through May, so I think they fit in well with the March and April calves sold that same day. One has to appreciate the good treatment by the salebarn and the management too. We’d sure be in trouble if we didn’t have a place to market our cattle this close to home.

We haven’t preg checked the cows yet. We usually do it when we pre-condition the calves, but that was a rather quick deal that day so we didn’t take the time. We’ll probably wean the heifer calves the day we do it so will wait a while. I want them to learn to drink out of a hole in the ice with mama before we do that.

I received the sad news that my friend Clarence Krogman passed away Nov. 10. He was 103 and only recently had moved to a nursing home in Winner. Up until then, he was on his beloved ranch near White River, S.D., where he raised his family. Clarence was absolutely a gem to me. He was one of the most accomplished flirts I have ever known and we did a lot of yucking it up every time we were together. I know I wasn’t his only “girl” either, but he always made ladies feel like ladies and like they were his favorite one. I so enjoyed when he would get to talking about his horses, the ranch, the kids and the cattle. They were his everything, though not necessarily in that order. I will miss his smile, humor, flirting and hugs. His obituary is elsewhere in this paper.

Powder River Rodeo lost their great horse Khadafy Skoal Nov. 10. Hank and Lori Franzen give him credit for putting them on the stock contractor map in the PRCA, as the great gelding was named PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year three times, and appeared at the WNFR 16 consecutive years. He was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2012 and appeared with the Franzen family at the presentation, at halter and gentle as can be. Khadafy Skoal was a registered Quarter Horse and had a nice set of papers, but he had early aspirations of being a bucking horse so was sold to Franzens and never looked back. Khadafy was retired a few years ago and had spent his last years on the ranch near Riverton, Wyo., looking after the youngsters on pasture. He was 30 years old.

It’s time to get on the phone, email, or letter and stamp to your reps in D.C. Tell them to vote NO on the Whitfield Amendment on HR 1518/S 1406. It will end the horse business as we know it if it passes and horses won’t be allowed to be transported for slaughter anywhere, thus shutting down processing in the U.S. for good. When they shut that down, it’s a foot in the door for the transport of horses to anything, then they’ll start on other livestock. Don’t think it can’t happen, folks, they’ve got the powerful HSUS lawyers working on this. Whitfield, who introduced the amendment, is married to an HSUS employee. Does anyone else smell conflict of interest?

The Canadian National Finals Rodeo was Nov. 6-10, at Edmonton, AB. Winning the barrels for the second time in a row was Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. and her great horse Louie. She’s now won the CNFR four times! Fifth was Nikki Steffes, Vale, S.D. on Sky High Guy. In the saddle broncs fourth place went to Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., and fifth to Chet Johnson, Douglas, Wyo. In the tie down roping Justin Schaffer of Broadus, Mont., was seventh. Congrats to all!

At the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping Nov. 8-9 in Guthrie, Okla., Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D., placed in four rounds besides winning the 10th round. He also roped the second fastest steer at the finals and placed fourth in the average. Trevor Brazile won the year end.

There will be a jackpot barrel race in conjunction with the NRCA finals on Sunday, Nov. 1 at the Event Center, Rapid City, S.D. Entries open at 7:15 a.m., exhibitions are at 8 a.m., and there will be a youth 3D if there’s enough interest. Entries are $35.

The 4th Annual Deadwood Christmas Ball will be on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Deadwood Mountain Grand. The matinee will be at noon (Santa’s even coming!), with the evening show at 5 pm. Auction proceeds will go to benefit Deadwood History, Inc., and the Rancher Relief Fund. The entertainment lineup is great. Call 1-800-344-8826 for tickets and info.

That’s my circle for this week. Send me your events and tidbits of news. I’m always tickled to share them here.

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