Monthly Archives: November 2013

November 24,2013

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I have treated myself with four foot alleyways, lots of room for winter room work

Its been a few weeks since I lasts checked on the hives.  I have not installed a red light yet so I toured the isles with a flashlight.  The hives look good, with most every colony showing a large cluster along the frame bottoms.  The fans are mixing the air perfectly and my ventilation has maintained a fresh smelling room while being able to maintain 5 degrees C through out this cold week of weather.  This morning I was standing in the wintering room by the vents and realized that I have a natural air flow through my wintering room.  With the natural air movement through my yard, it has created an air flow through my air intake and exhaust vents.  The air exchange was more than what my fans were pulling out.  This is good as I can tap into this natural air flow at times I need it but it also means I will need to restrict the vents so that I`m able to control the air exchange at all times.  If I can maintain the correct air flows through out the winter, I will be able to maintain the shed temps without any supplemental heat.  Also, air flows need to be maintained as humidity becomes a concern.  I don’t want to suck the moisture right out of the bees themselves!IMG_0390

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November 19, 2013

We are building an on farm animal clinic.  After this building is complete, the only reason we will go to the Vet clinic is to buy medications.  All medical Veterinarian attention will be on farm.

whistling while we work

Today I got a call from a lady from Victoria BC who stumbled upon my blog and was interested in some of my ramblings on the “open boarder” debate.  I get a lot of feedback from my Bee Blog and Beesource comments and because I tend to hash out both sides of the issue I get feedback from both sides of the spectrum.  She has spent a lot of time making up a Summary of Risk Assessment to the latest Honeybeepackages from USA_Oct21_2013 and I thought Id make it available here for anyone interested.

November 14, 2013

photo (37)Steppler Ms 14A, Canadian Western Agribition Charolais sale consignment
Sold today to Dillion Grieve for $5250.  We thank you Dillion for supporting our breeding program.

Today we watched the Canadian Western Agribition Charolais auction sale live on the Cattle In Motion web page. The connection was fantasticCanadian Western Agribition and it was as if we were sitting in the stands. Quite amazing. Andre looked sharp and so did the heifer.
Here are a couple of video links, one link of Steppler Ms 14A taken the day before the sale in Regina and the other link of the Canadian Western Agribition Charolais sales catalog, which was available on the Cattle In Motion web page for customer viewing.
http://www.cattleinmotion.com/lot/131114Charolais/578

http://www.cattleinmotion.com/issuu/canadian-western-agribition-charolais-sale-0

Friday is show day, Andre will be in the ring with our show bulls at 1:00.   I have not gotten conformation yet, but I think some of the shows will be on a live feed on Cattle In Motion .  Stay tuned for more information on the shows and their times…

View of our show string at Agribition in Regina.  Andre to the side talking business with a local cattle producer

View of our show string at Agribition in Regina. Andre is to the side talking business with a local cattle producer.  115 Charolais cattle registered for the Charolais shows this year with roughly 1000 animals all together showing at Agribition.

 

Click here >> Charolais Show – 115 Charolais << to view the Charolais Show Program.

Class 10 – Bull PB born 2013

Split 3_____3272 STEPPLER ORCH 103A – Exhibited By: Steppler Farms Ltd. Miami, MB
Split 5_____ 3275 STEPPLER PRINCE GEORGE 43A – Exhibited By: Steppler Farms Ltd. Miami,
Split 6_____ 3276 STEPPLER INTUITION 4A – Exhibited By: Steppler Farms Ltd. Miami, MB

***Note***
Class 13 – Bull PB born 2012

_____ 3326 STEPPLER DILIGENCE 113Z – Exhibited By: Mutrie Farms Glenavon, SK

Class 19 – Breeder´s Herd 

_____ 3273 Breeder´s Herd – Exhibited By: Steppler Farms Ltd. Miami, MB

November 11, 2013

Day of Remembrance

Private Lane Watkins, Clearwater Manitoba.

Private Lane Watkins, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry

Killed in action near Kandahar, Afghanistan, July 4, 2007.

Lane enlisted into the CF in 2005 and volunteered for deployment to Afghanistan Feburary 18, 2007.  July 4, 2007 Lane along with 5 other CF members and one Afghan interpreter was killed when the vehicle they were traveling in struck an improvised explosive device, approximately 20km south-west of Kandahar City.  Lane believed in the fight and faught for our freedom, feeling his presence made a difference and paid the ultimate price.  Since his death our Remembrance has changed from Celebrating and remembering our Grandfathers (who is attending today`s ceremony at a young 95 years of age) amazing efforts in WWII to a very sad day remembering our cousins heroic efforts and the ultimate sacrifice he has made for himself and his country.  This day brings terrible sadness for our family, but it also brings a sense of pride comparable to none else.

Lane, thank you… we will remember you.

The veteran being weighted down will all his war metals frount row, thrid from the left is my 95 year old Grandfather, Edward Orchard. My kids proudly watched Grandpa walk in for the service held this morning at the Manitou Opera house

The veteran being weighted down will all his war metals frount row, thrid from the left is my 95 year old Grandfather, Edward Orchard. My kids proudly watched Grandpa walk in for the service held this morning at the Manitou Opera house

November 7, 2013

Finally got the bees tucked away for winter.  Here they will sit undisterbed lWhen I turn off the ventilation and ceiling fans to get silence, I hear a low buzzy roar from my 20,000,000 babies

Finally got the bees tucked away for winter. Its a bit of a surreal feeling as this brings the season to a close.  Before I left the shed I turned off the ventilation and ceiling fans to get a moment of silence, to hear the low buzzy roar from my 20,000,000 babies!

November 6, 2013

It had warmed to minus 5 by the time I had this yard loaded this morning.  As you can see, the bees did not appreciate the disturbance, shaking their fists at me from the hives entrance

It had warmed to minus 5 by the time I had this yard loaded this morning. As you can see, the bees did not appreciate the disturbance, shaking their fists at me from the hives entrance is about all I got out of them!!