Monthly Archives: March 2014

March 31 2014

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Eighth wheel barrel of dead bees,

Whom ever started the saying “in like a Lion, out like a Lamb” needs to have their head stuck into a snow bank…  That wind today sucked all that spring time happy feeling out of me and replaced it with winter hating bone chilling ear ache madness…

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A few hives have started spotting. The endurance is too just too much for some hives. Five months and still hanging on.  I’m starting to look towards this coming weekend.  Might be starting to set bees out Friday night.

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My spin float and heat exchanger came in today. I’m as excited as a kid on Christmas day!!! Boy oh boy cant wait to put it together!!

March 29 2014

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A hint of spring came upon us today, but it came on a brisk south wind actually making the day feel cold!  Both fans ran today to keep the temperature down and kept the bees holding patiently.  The outdoor temp got up to 5 degrees C this afternoon for about an hour, then dropped back down to 0 again.  The fans kept the shed temp nicely at 6-7 degrees C all day long.  The forecast looks promising with nice weather IMG_1277near the end of next week.  BeeMaid called and my order is ready to be picked up.  I’ll make a trip in to Winnipeg this week so that I have everything on hand ready for the season to start again.

ipping into the metal shop every chance I get to complete my metal working projects. This next project is construction of four escape board crates. As soon as I get these crates finished, I’m burning that bungee web netting!

I have been slipping into the metal shop every chance I get to complete my metal working projects.  Three metal projects left. The next project I’m working on is the construction of four escape board crates. As soon as I get these crates finished, I’m burning that bungee web netting! 

Barn Burner of a Bull Sale

IMG_1246The third annual Steppler Farms Bull Sale was a barn burner!  Not a chair in the house, standing room only!  Before the sale Andre had interest from 32 purebred cattle producers jockeying over our elite bulls, 18 of them came to the sale and fought over the top end of the bull pen.  To start the sale we had half the sales staff on cell phones with out of Provence/country bidders who WANTED these bulls.  The first bull in the ring, lot #6 sold to Beck Farms, Milestone SK. for $28,000, the second bull in the ring, lot #4 sold to Lane Bina, North Dakota for $28,500, Lot #3 sold to Wrangler Charolais for $17,000.  In an hour and ten minutes we put through 63 bulls selling them at an average of $5850, third highest grossing Charolais sale in Canada so far.  The auctioneer said as the last bull left the ring “bring me another bull to sell Dan… IMG_1225bring me another bull to sell!”  A complement to Andre and Dad for their hard work selling these bulls and to the breeding program they have established.   Exciting, exciting, exciting is all I can say about the sale yesterday!  While working the load out after the sale I chatted to our customers and the best way I could describe them was excited and hyper!

 

 

Steppler Farms 3rd Annual Bull Sale Publicly available sales results;

45 Yearling bulls         –     $275,850     –    $6130                                                              

18 Two year old bulls  –    $91,950      –    $5108                                                               

63 Lots                             $367,800          $5838

Lot 4 - Steppler Liberator 48A Lane Bina, North Dakota $28,500

Lot 4 – Steppler Liberator 48A
Lane Bina, North Dakota
$28,500

Lot 6 - Steppler Orch 103A Beck Farms, Milestone SK $28,000
Lot 6 – Steppler Orch 103A
Beck Farms, Milestone SK
$28,000

Lot 3 - Steppler Prince George 43A Wrangler Charolais, Wade Meakin, Westlock, AB $17,000

Lot 3 – Steppler Prince George 43A
Wrangler Charolais, Wade Meakin, Westlock, AB
$17,000

Bull Sale Day!

Feel free to stop by, enjoy or complementary barn lunch, ... and buy a BULL !  lol

Feel free to stop by, enjoy our complementary barn lunch … and buy a BULL ! lol

Early this morning our auctioneer flew in and our sales management arrived preparing for the day.  The bulls are being sorted as I type this, and Andre hasn’t got off the phone since who knows when.  My brothers and I have done all we can in yard prep to help out, the rest lies in Andre’s and Dad’s hands now.  Looks like we have been blessed with a Honey of a Day and cool, but our barn heater has been running since yesterday.  I’m off to the cattle yards now, looking forward to a great day!

Ready for the Bull Sale

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Today we invited over our entire operating sales staff and ran the bull through the bull sales facility.  During the process we tagged all the animals with their sales tag number.  The mock run was successful and once again proved its importance.  While moving the bulls through we noticed three or four gate arrangements which caused the bulls to turn.  After changing a few gates and adding a few more, we had the bulls walking up to the sales facility without any trouble.  It is best to find these glitches before the sale day when we have the time to address the issues.  The rest of the day was spent clearing snow and fussing over details.  The forecast looks cold but clear and sunny, so we brought in the BIG diesel barn heater to keep our customers comfortable through the sale.  To my kids surprise I booked a day off school on Tuesday so they can attend the sale.

March 23 2014

I have been sneaking away into the welding shop when ever I can to g
I have been sneaking away into the welding shop every chance I get, trying to get these metal working projects completed before the bees are let out.  By the looks of the forecast I might have some time.

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One of my projects is a honey tank stand.  The tank stand is designed to raise the tank so that a barrel can be placed under the tap.  Within the stand I built in storage space to help manage the clutter around the barrel filling site. I built the stand with two forklift guides which will allow for easy movement of the tank.  To sheet the stand I used sheet metal which was used to crate the Ezyloader during shipment.  The stand is made from 3/8″ by 2″ by 2″ tubing left over from another farm project and I bought the aluminium door for $50.  Estimated cost of construction is roughly $250 all in.  Time well spent.

Ready to bolt the stand ontop

Ready to bolt the stand ontop

March 21 2014

Clearing snow from the farm yard.  I just about started to think about clearing bee yards earlier this week... this forecast pushes ALL those thought out at least for another week.

Clearing snow from the farm yard. I just about started to think about clearing bee yards earlier this week… this forecast pushes ALL those thought out at least for another week.

March 19 2014

Getting the sale penning ready for the sale.

Getting the sale penning ready for the sale.

This is the third year we have put on this sale, putting the sales facility together has become routine.  Instead of a week putting the pieces together, it took us two days.  The best thing about having two sales under our belt is that we are able to  identify and address logistical problems.  Tweak here and a change there to make the sale run smoothly.
This is our third annual bull sale, putting the sales facility together has become routine. Instead of taking us over a week to put the pieces together, this year has taken us two days. The best thing about having two bull sales under our belt is that we are able to identify logistical problems and address them. A tweak here and a change there will make the sale run smoothly.  Experience is an asset.

 

March 16 2014

Wheat heading south.  Adam spent the last week sweeping bin bottoms, emptying out our on field storage bins and brought it all to the main yard filling one of our "BIG" bins.  Yesterday the American elevator, being so hungry for our wheat, sent a string of semis and cleaned everything we have out!

Wheat heading south. Adam spent the last week sweeping bin bottoms, emptying out our on field storage bins and brought it all to the main yard filling one of our “BIG” bins. Yesterday the American elevator, being so hungry for our wheat, sent a string of semis and cleaned everything we have out!