Miles City Mania

Whew! It’s been crazy around here lately…here’s a recap of some of the latest happenings in Miles City.

The Miles City Mosquito Festival was on June 18 – yes, we will celebrate anything in this town.  There were a million things going on that day – a car show, a ranch rodeo, the Montana-North Dakota all-star football game, and of course a street dance.  I helped AI some heifers that morning, then took tickets at the ranch rodeo and settled in for a fantastic afternoon of great watching.  Congratulations to the crew who put together such a fun event – can’t wait for next year!

Two different wedding parties made an appearance downtown that night during the street dance.  I will describe my favorite group.  The bride was wearing a lovely strapless gown, with the train dragging in the beer-y street.  Her attendants tried to bustle it up, but eventually gave up and tucked it into the top of her dress in the back.  The groom was wearing a white shirt, black jeans that had seen the washing machine many times, and brown shoes.  Another man whose relationship to the bride and groom was not immediately clear was wearing a black leather vest whose buttons didn’t meet.  No big deal, except he wasn’t wearing a shirt, either.  The bride’s garter adorned his left bicep, and he was wearing a Jack Nicklaus-esque straw hat with a Hawaiian floral hatband.  Great fodder for people watching, for sure.

The Western Section, American Society of Animal Science meetings last week were just as busy and fun as I thought they’d be – what a great time!  I think some folks in the section were skeptical that we would be able to put on a quality academic quadrathlon contest because we weren’t a teaching facility.  But thanks to a bunch of help from many unselfish individuals, we had a good contest and a fantastic time.  And I got to torture some undergrads, which I haven’t gotten to do in quite a few years!  Congratulations to the University of Wyoming, New Mexico State University, and Colorado State University, who placed first, second, and third, respectively!  Oregon State University and BYU-Idaho also had teams competing in the contest.

The graduate student competition papers were the best I can remember in recent history, and the winner was Fernanda Abreu, who did her research at Fort Keogh.  My grad school alma mater, New Mexico State University, continues to have well-prepared students in the competition, and they brought home second and third place, as well as the institution award.  Congratulations to all, it was a great group of papers and presentations!

Around 100 folks attended the beef symposium tour of Fort Keogh, and it was fun to take a few minutes out from the lab practicum portion of the AQ contest to visit with them about some research about feedlot performance and carcass characteristics of cattle developed on different levels of feed post-weaning.  I also gave a paper about that research project later in the week and had a nice turnout with lots of good questions and discussion.
The New Mexico State University beer drinking team was out in full force.  As a former member and team captain, I was so proud.

I think I need a nap.  Hope you all have a great 4th of July weekend!

Yours in travel,

The Asphalt Cowgirl

“Now our windshield’s a painting that hangs in our room, It changes each mile like the radio tune” –Rodeo Moon, Chris Ledoux

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