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“Norwegian” Country Church just up the road from our place. Picked Lyle up and headed to town for another service (given by the same Pastor) at the Lutheran Church in Eureka, as Lyle and Hannah were singing with their Youth Group at that service. It was a lot of church for one morning… especially for young Henry… but it was likely good for all of us. Picked up fried chicken from the grocery store and headed home for lunch about noon before Amy and the kids went back to Eureka for their youth group hay ride. I stayed home, watered trees and did a little offi ce work. I then moved the squeeze chute from the Ladd to Headquarters, where I will freeze brand yearling heifers in the morning. Returned a few calls while I was setting the chute. Amy texted me on my way home to tell me one of the weaned heifer calves was out at the Braden fi eld. I drove over, got her back in at dusk. Got back home about 7:45, ate and read books to the kids at bedtime. Hit the hay about 10. MONDAY, OCTOBER 26 Up at 5:30 for the morning routine of coffee and breakfast. Headed 30 miles west to El Dorado to pick up dry ice for today’s freeze branding. Tom Perrier setting up an AI. I worked with Dad most of the day. Freeze branding is tedious, monotonous work, but it is one of the few times each season that Dad and I get to stand and chat. Some companies have strategic planning sessions, we have deep discussions over cold branding irons, 48 seconds at a time. Later, I went to the fall calving pasture and weighed/ID’ed four new baby calves. I hustled back home, changed jeans and headed to the kids’ parent/ teacher conferences for Lyle, Hannah and Henry. Amy took Hannah and Henry to dance class, so she missed conferences for the fi rst time ever. Got home, ate supper and put the kids to bed. Compiled a list of potential donor cows for an interested Lyle and Clay Perrier moving fall cows. customer, posted our bull sale catalog to our Facebook page and headed to bed shortly after 10. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27 This was an “industry service” day. I am president-elect of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA), and we had several meetings in southwest Kansas. Got home about 10, just in time to catch the Royals game go into extra innings. I made it till the 11th inning at 11:00, but gave it up and went to bed. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28 Up at 6, turned on news to fi nd out the Royals score (and the weather) and put on coffee. Royals won in 14 68 I WORKING RANCH I APRIL / MAY 2016


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