NOTE FROM JACE:
Here is a picture from July 4th. It’s a picture of the Honey and the Walter family. Wayne Walter built and installed for us an American flagpole. Yesterday was the ceremony and dedication in memory of Don Honey and Tom Walter. We are all very proud of this and the memory of two men that have been very important for the cattle business and the cattlemen. They believed in God, Family, & Country. How appropriate for this to all come together on July 4th. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do… the flag is 38 feet long and can be seen for miles. We would like to thank Wayne Walter for installing the flagpole site. La Junta Livestock gifted Tom’s La Junta Livestock pickup in exchange for the material and installation. Thanks Wayne! Well done!
It’s been very busy here at the sale barn. We’ve been changing out all of our sale day catch back pens and installing them in pipe. The days have been hot and the boys are working hard to get it done before fall. I had ACL and Meniscus surgery on my right knee 4 weeks ago. It’s getting better every day (but I’m going to milk it for as long as I can so I don’t have to tamp posts! LOL)
The latest talk is with the hot, dry days and what should I do with my cattle…. The difference between 2018 and 2002 is that in 2017, most of us had more than normal rainfall. We had old grass to get us through the winter. But, with no snow in the mountains and no rain in the spring, we are at a tipping point now (July) compared to April of 2002. The biggest difference is most of our calves weigh 300-400#. In my opinion, one of the things we can do is wean our calves in July, August, & September. We can put them in grow lots or just go ahead and sell them. That will take a lot of pressure off of the cows. That will let them flesh up and breed back and help with the feed situation. Next thing to go would be the older cows. Hopefully it rains in the next 2-3 weeks and we won’t have to worry about any of this, but this is just one idea of how to get through this dry summer. If you have any questions, feel free to call and we will do whatever we can to help you get thru these trying times.
PRAY FOR RAIN!
Back Row - Left to Right
Keo Honey, Brian Elder, Sheridan Honey, Tom Walter, Pat Walter, Todd Hillstad, Daniel Walter, Wayne Walter
Front Row - Left to Right
Lesli Honey, Cassie Elder, Janet Honey, Jace Honey, Glenna Walter, Carol Kerr, Laura Hillstad, Chelsea Applehunt, Tessa Yaste