It’s hard to believe that summer is nearly over. I don’t know about your ranch, but, at ours, things never seem to get dull.
We turned our bulls out on July 10, and it reminded me of some excitement we had last year at turnout time.
I had three bulls in separate compartments on my trailer. The first two drops went off without a problem. The last stop, however, created a little stress.
After pulling into the pasture, I opened the back door and walked into the trailer to open the front compartment door. We have a Wilson trailer with a slam latch on the back door. While I was inside, a gust of wind came along and caught the back door, slamming it shut. Finding myself inside the trailer with this 5-year-old bull wasn’t my idea of a good time.
I pulled the front door against myself and stood between the wall and the center gate. I reached for my phone, then remembered I had left it in the pickup. #%@@#&*! “What are you thinking?” I asked myself.
I figured I would just wait and he would eventually walk to the front of the trailer, but my front compartment is only four feet wide and Mr. Bull knew the exit to all kinds of fun was out the back. I thought I could probably get around the front gate when he wasn’t looking and lock myself in the front compartment, but realized I wasn’t as tall as our friend Trevor Graff and didn’t have his wingspan to reach the latch.
Well, to make a long story short, I learned patience that day, and, after about 15 minutes, a beautiful red cow walked toward the front of the trailer and Mr. Bull couldn’t help but walk to the front himself. I had my chance and pushed with all I had to get him locked back up in the front.
After saying, “Thank you, God,” I walked to the back, pushed the latch, walked outside to the front of the trailer, opened the front latch and let Mr. Bull into his pasture of cows.
We held our quarterly board meeting on July 7. The agenda was huge, with all sorts of things needing discussion.
One of the topics was the drought conditions of our state. We were fortunate to have Sen. John Hoeven attend our meeting to get our feedback about the need for additional Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for emergency haying and grazing and income tax deferral options for those who have had to sell livestock due to the drought. North Dakota Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring was also a guest at our board meeting seeking input on ways to ease the burden for drought victims.
I spent the following week in Denver, Colo., at the Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting. The North Dakota delegation attended numerous meetings, making sure the voice of North Dakota cattlemen and women was heard. Drought was also a hot topic there as well, with many of our friends in neighboring states searching for ways to help drought-stricken producers.
We were excited to hear that the impending electronic logging device (ELD) rules that I talked about at the Spring Roundups will be delayed for one full year for all livestock and insect haulers before the federal government will make its final decision. The language came about through the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill. The NDSA has been working hard on this issue over the last year. Rest assured, we will continue to fight for a full exemption because what it means for livestock producers, especially in places like North Dakota.
When Scott Ressler was in elementary school, his class was studying psychology.
The teacher asked everyone in the class, “If you think you are stupid, please stand up.” A few seconds went by before Scott stood up. His teacher asked if he thought he was stupid.
Scott replied, “No. I just didn’t want to leave you standing up all alone!”