Grand Champion overall Female, Grand Champion Cow calf pair
Grand Champion junior female
Andre and his show crew are just finishing up this years Provinicial livestock Exibition held in Brandon. Andre brought an impressive show string and the judge agreed. Grand Champion junior female, Grand Champion cow calf pair and to top it off, Grand Champion overall Female. Quality animals came from all across the western prairies
with over 600 animals taking part in this weeks event, 100 Charolais animals registered to show.
Fitting the calves
Sandy and I pulled the kids from two days of school to take in the shows and spend some time in the barns watching it all work. It’s important for our kids to be involved with these important functions of our farm. Just being there is where it all starts.
I have my assistant chipping away at finishing up all my summer busy jobs before I lay her off for the season. Hiring a large summer work crew is great for harvesting honey but keeping them all going before hand and during slow times is a challenge. To manage this issue I try to have various projects “on the go” which allows me no only to make better use of slack time but also a place to drop guys in an instant if my attention is needed elsewhere. I have Frame, top, bottom building, cleaning projects, maintenance projects lined up during winter. Before my assistant leaves for the year I want all these projects done because I hate piles of unfinished stuff laying around.
The chill of this afternoons wind had me thinking of moving bees today. The forecast is pleasant for the weekend but I think as soon as the chill comes back next week I’ll start the move. I want to get the move done in lots of time so that I am not scrambling on a forecast of snow! Moving the hives in has been set up as a one man job.
A wall to wall winter cluster ready for winter. They are pretty slow on the combs today
We bought a few pumpkin carving knives from Walmart. It took the place of a sharp carving knife and allowed the kids to cut their own creations… and let Dad off the hook for the entire evening! Unfortunately I did not get off the hook for clean up… Pumpkin everywhere! Lol
I love this fall time tradition
Wintering room ready for bees
My wintering room ventilation controllers
Today we received a beautiful fall rain. A day perfect to spend in the honey house working on rain day projects. Piss around here, fiddle around there and now the wintering room is ready to take bees. The room is holding at 10 degreesC, too warm to start moving hives in but now it can be done at the drop of a hat. Actually looking forward to the final move. I’m going to spread the work out over a few days and make a week out of it.
Mid July laying queens, 2-3 lbs bulk bees
Mid August laying queens, 2-3 lbs bulk bees
I have been tracking mid season and late season nucs. They have all evened out in size as the fall grows long. In fact, salvage hives re queened middle of September with Kona queens have adjusted to cluster sizes exactly the same as my July laying queens. Even July nucs transferred into singles in July hold exactly the same sized cluster as July laying nucs held in 5 frame Nucs. The only difference is the July nucs made me one solid box of honey per pair under an excluder. For anyone that is expanding… thsts approximately $30 per nuc, which would cover most operating cost associated in building that nuc…. Hint hint 😉
What this all means is up to interpretation but one thing that is certain is that bees are cranky this time of year…just leave them alone!!!
The last load of honey has been delivered with a back haul of empty drums ready for next year. The other trailer is full of honey boxes and feeder pails. We are currently prepping the hot room for winter storage. All equipment storage and work projects need to be moved else where. Dry van trailers make for cheap easy storage space. I need to buy more of it !