Let’s Catch Up…

Happy New Year! I absolutely cannot believe it is 2012….shouldn’t it be around Labor Day 2011?!  I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year.  It’s been nearly a month since my last post – I apologize for the lull and shall try to do better as the year goes on.

Here’s a quick update on what’s been happening the last month or so…

I attended the RangeBeef Cow Symposium in Nebraska with a group of county agents from Montana. It was a great meeting with fabulous speakers. Traveling with county agents is somewhat like herding cats – whileI was telling a friend from Nebraska about some of the antics that occurred on the trip down, another friend walked up and hearing only part of the story, asked, “Did you bring some 4-H kids with you?”  Bah-ha-ha.  I earned the nickname “Mother Goose” during the trip, but its use lessened when I started calling them my goslings.

The MontanaStockgrowers Association Convention was in Billings in mid-December.  It was a whirlwind of activities, meetings, and family reunion-ish get togethers.  I was exhausted at the end but it was all worth it!  One of my favorite parts of convention every year is handing out the Top 5 Steer of Merit awards for the very best beef carcasses exhibited in our state during the fair season.  This program is a collaboration between MSGA and MSU Extension that dates back to 1967.  Here’s a picture that Lauren Chase with MSGA took of me with the winners in the contest’s carcass division.  You can see more photos from convention (and other great work from Lauren) on the Montana Stockgrowers Association Facebook page.
I continued to gain nicknames at convention in addition to those I already had…it’s starting to get a little hard to keep track of everything I’m supposed to answer to!  The nicknames include Red, Doc, DrE (pronounced “dray”), Dr. Feelgood (don’t ask), and Little Red Riding Hood.  Good grief.

I spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s at the ranch for a much-anticipated break.  It was wonderful to just do ranch girl things instead of Extension Specialist things for a few days!  The mild winter is much appreciated, and we are only feeding the young cows hay at this point.  Here are some of the girls enjoying their breakfast on Christmas morning.

We had a wonderful Christmas dinner consisting of things both home-grown (prime rib, peas, mashed potatoes) and homemade (cresent rolls, gravy).

I traveled back to Miles City to ring in the New Year and had a wonderful time with many great friends. Here’s hoping you’ve had a great start to 2012!  I’ll be kicking of some programming and winshield time soon, so stay tuned…

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