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!
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.
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 fantastic 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.
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…
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
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
Day of Remembrance
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.