Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2012 Remembrance

Happy New Year for 2013!!
I didn't have time for 2012 review/summary for breeding last month. One & Only big job I had was what I call "Kansas Job". Sometime in early June, I got a text from Select Sires rep Tim. "About 1200 heifers to breed in a day for 12 days". "Are you in?" Something like that.............."Yeah I'm in. Where at?".................On the night of June 19th, I was on the way to Garden City, KS, 1,000 miles one way from Livingston!!

Morning of June 20th. Somewhere in Wyoming and I was driving southward. Sun was up from East.... 
Tim assembled a crew of highly skilled & experienced breeders. We started with 5 breeders so you can do the math "how many head per breeder"........ First two or three days went OK enough but with some "learning" & "adjustment", things went much smoother later on. More crews came as days went by so we could rotate breeding-thawing-break.

We tried to get done before it became like this......
My thumb of "breeding hand" started to show some "change" in the middle......
It took until last fall to clean up! (it didn't really hurt though.)
Once in a while when a heifer didn't cooperate or facility went malfunctioning,
crews used age-old man-handling restraints!!
Team photo - scanned from SELECT SIRES - BEEF 2013 Calender.

Due to my guiding schedule in July, I had to leave on 29th after breeding = total 9 days. In those 9 days, I bred more than I usually do in a regular season.
It was an epic experience. This must be THE biggest breeding project in US!! At least one of. Then I don't know and I can't imagine if anyone/any crews can make this happen!? Not just Tim's crews but also people at feedlot worked very hard to keep everything flowing smoothly. I'm proud of myself to be in the team.

Sounds like we did good jobs for what I heard later on. If I will ever be called again, I'll be there.
Hopefully 2013 will be another greater breeding year!

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