Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Once the girls became adults Rob thought that the gift giving could stop. But I like to spoil them and so they still usually get things for holidays. With Crystal living so far away we miss out on things like going for lunch or having a girls day. Stacy and I do get to do this once in a while. So I thought I would send her a treat for Valentines Day. This was her gift.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Rob's not really big on flowers either but there are signs that we both really must care about each other.
- Spaghetti or Mac n Cheese more than once in a week during calving season
- Baking consisting of a bag of Oreo cookies
Sunday, February 13, 2011
George Luker from his blog. .
Australia’s National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is adding more value and purpose beyond its original intent of tracking cattle diseases. Identifying cattle and livestock that have wandered off of farms is being done, quickly and efficiently since they are tagged with RFID ear tags.I know if something similar happened here in Canada. I would be able to eventually get my stock back, because of the RFID tags. Canada is one step ahead of our cattleman friends to the south by making this mandatory. Now all of our beef is identified by herd of origin and by age. This has started to open up new markets for us.
Cyclone Yasi that hit and went through north Queensland last week caused so much destruction in the small town and rural area. In the path of destruction are many farms, which have had fences and posts damaged by the cyclone. With the added damages all around, are wandering livestock in the streets and on properties of fellow farmers and neighbors.
The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is helping in the recovery of wandering and stranded livestock, which now roam freely along streets, fields, and farms. Since all livestock like cattle and sheep have mandatory RFID ear tags, it is making identification of individual animals that much easier, and livestock are being returned to their rightful owners and farm of origin.
RFID ear tags provide tamper proof identification, which cannot be manipulated, providing secure and reliable identification of livestock. Cattle and sheep have typical EID button tags, while horses have an implanted microchip for equine identification. All these different type of RFID tags provide the exact same purpose, unique identification.
With natural disasters like cyclone Yasi that has hit Australia, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology along with a national database is proof that the system works. Australian cattlemen begin to round up livestock after cyclone Yasi.
With the cattle recovery in process, this opens a Pandora’s Box on a possible animal disease epidemic. State veterinarians will be monitoring all livestock closely over the next few months for signs of diseases in cattle and sheep.
Although I do think everyone involved in the meat industry should have shared the initial costs. It is good to see our governments pitching in for the upgraded technology so that the costs are not just handed down to the producer.
Canadian beef producers are very fortunate that we have not been placed in a situation where large numbers of stock have to be identified and returned to their owners. I know that it was scary in the beginning with the Canadian Identification Agency being formed and who would own all of this information. But I think this is one mandatory program that is going to work out for the best.
Friday, February 4, 2011
If you have ever been invited to a gathering of my family (especially the Groeneveld side) then you will know how much we enjoy our food and how many great cooks we have in the family. The one who got us all started on down home comfort food cooking would be my Grandma Groeneveld. "Daisy" was known to always be cooking a meal or baking. I probably remember her the most for standing at the kitchen sink peeling potatoes. A few years ago My Aunt Betty published her own cookbook - "Hand Me Down Recipes - For the Joy of Cooking"
Now the only way to get one of these is to be family. It's almost worth it to marry into our crazy family to get the cookbook. Two of my favorite's are the Cinnamon Buns and the Corn Chowder.
|2011 Steak Challenge Champions at Camrose Bull Congress|
|The Alberta 4H Cookbooks|
4-H Potlucks are the best
|The Pioneer Women - A Christmas Gift in 2009 |
from Crystal - Great Chicken Fried Steak
|Cooking for the Rushed Series|
|Mini Cookbooks from the|
Beef Information Centre
Give me a heads up when you are in the area and I will find something special to serve.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Today is my mom and dad's 49th wedding anniversary and the 43rd wedding anniversary for my Aunt Gaylene and Uncle Jack. My dad and uncle farmed together for many years, with the support of their wife's. Now I know that marriage takes work for all couples and that their are lots of compromises along the way, but I don't know if it is the same for other wife's as it is for a wife of a farmer or rancher.
When you marry someone that works a regular 40 hour work week, whether it be shift work or a regular 9 - 5 there are things that you can pretty well count on.
|Chuck & Lorraine|
- There will be a regular income
- You will usually have evenings and weekends to spend together and socialize with your friends and family
- You will have at least two weeks each year where you can get away from things, maybe go on vacation.
- Your success will be determined by your efforts and hard work.
- There will be an income it just may be inconsistent at times
- Your socializing will be scheduled around calving, seeding, breeding, haying, harvest and weaning.
- You will get away from the farm but in all likeliness it will involve a farm show or livestock sale
- You will work hard and your successes will often be in knowing that, because there will be many things out of your control, like the weather and the markets.
|Jack & Gaylene|