Jan Swan Wood: Badlands circuit finals, another injury, WNV, bye bye big bad wolf
Another Labor Day weekend is in the books. It was a busy one at our place and we took in a lot of activities held in our little town. The grandsons were here with their Dad and we had fun every day with them. Horses were ridden, dogs were played with, kitties were petted, and there were lots of giggling, hugs and kisses, so I count the weekend as a complete success.
The Badlands Circuit Finals Steer Roping was held at Deadwood’s Days of 76 arena on Aug. 31. The five round event was won by Wayne Barber, Chadron, Neb., who was also the only roper to have a qualified run on all five head. Wayne had taken a 23-year hiatus from the arena, but obviously, came back strong when he bought his card this year. Congrats to him.
Brian Garr, Belle Fourche, S.D., is the year-end winner in the Badlands Circuit steer roping. Congrats to you too Brian. Brian, along with Coy Thompson, Whitewood, S.D., and Curt LaDuke, Gillette, Wyo., is qualified for the National Finals Steer Roping in Torrington, Wyo., in April 2014.
Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D., will be sitting out the rest of the prorodeo season after sustaining an injury to his neck at the Okotoks, Alberta prorodeo Aug. 30. He underwent surgery in Calgary on Sept. 1 to repair his C6 and C7 vertebrae and is up and walking around. Schmidt, 25, landed on his neck when he came off his saddle bronc during the rodeo. His traveling partner, Cole Elshere, stayed with him in Calgary to see him through the surgery and until Chuck’s folks could get there.
The dreaded West Nile Virus is thriving in some areas and mosquitos in eight Montana counties have tested positive for the disease. WNV has sickened or killed six horses in Cascade, Blaine, Hill, Lewis and Clark, Prairie, Sheridan, Phillips, and Teton counties. Montana had seven cases of WNV in 2012 and none reported since 2009 before that. It’s good to keep on the lookout no matter where you are though. Vaccination is still your best bet as about one-third of the unvaccinated horses will die if they contract WNV.
If you have put up hay in the highway right of ways in South Dakota, you have until Oct. 1 to get it out of there. If you have more than you can handle, I’d be happy to come with a flatbed if you can provide a tractor to load. I’ll store it here at our place for you.
The wolves that caused the death of 176 sheep on the Siddoway Ranch, St. Anthony, Idaho, have been dealt with pretty thoroughly. Thirteen more wolves from the Pine Creek pack have been killed since that attack. Another 12 had been killed prior to the attack, due to depredation. There are still two adult wolves in the pack and they will rebuild the pack of course. In 2012 there were six in the pack, so reproductive efficiency is not a problem for the wolves. The pack roams the south end of Idaho’s Teton Valley with forays into the Teton Pass area in Wyoming. The Siddoway ranch says it’s lost about 250 head of livestock to wolf, bear and coyote since June. Guard dogs and horses have also been killed.
There will be Les Vogt Horsemanship Clinics running this fall at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Neb. The two day clinics combine lecture, demonstration and practice drills, plus show simulating. Vogt has won 15 World Champion reining and working cowhorse titles, along with many other championships. Call Roy Cole at 308-367-5285, or email email@example.com for more information.
If you have some 2013 stud colts that you are planning to geld, you could be making an appointment for later in September for them to be done at your place by your vet. We’ve gelded the colts on their mothers always, and it’s a lot less stressful for the younger colt and their mother is there for them when they come out of the anesthetic. We also brand the little guys and if they have any little bridle teeth showing, remove them too. They don’t act like a thing has happened to them the next day and run and buck when turned back out. Waiting until they are older is no different than waiting until a calf is older, it’s just harder on them the bigger they are. If you geld them now, they’ll grow up bigger, have less attitude, and if you sell them, someone isn’t going to be breeding a stud that you didn’t feel had that potential. After a fly killing frost and a couple weeks before weaning is the ideal time.
Well, that’s my circle for this week. Be sure and send me any info you’d like shared here and I’ll be happy to do it for you. F