Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Caci Nance: The Farm Wife

I know it has been far to long since we have had a RWR Feature. I am slowly booking some great ladies, so hang in here with me. I have spent the best part of April and May doing floral work. This usually means lots of time standing alone to think. My hands are busy, so there is not much else to do. I’m telling you ladies this because my head is chalked full of RWR ideas. Don’t give up on me- I’ll have some down time soon. Until then……………….. I love the idea of “Teach Me Tuesday”. 

Ladies meet Caci Nance, The Farm Wife.

This post is chalked full of “learning experience”. Thanks Caci! ~ Kasse D.

Teach Me Tuesday: Sale Barns

So the last 2 weekends in our house have been spend at Chester Livestock Exchange for special sales. Really that isn't unusual for someone in our household to spend at least two days a week at the sale barn, since my husband is the barn manager there, however lil man & I don't typically hit up the sale barn during a normal week. Wyatt loves to go and watch his daddy sort cows, watch the auction and unfortunately try to bid on a few head while we are there. Since I know some of you may have never seen a sale barn at work I thought I would give you a little tour and explain something that you may or may not know.

Behind the sales ring is a maze of alleyways and pens. Pens are numbers and cows are sorted based on a variety of traits. Depending on the sale it could be type i.e. a steer (castrated male) a heifer (a young female ) cow (a female that has had a calf and bull (intact male) or it could be by weight, color, or seller. During a typical sale during the week cows are weighed as they enter the ring this allows the buyers (most who are purchasing cows to use as beef) to know how much cow they are buying...its kinda important because you are buying by the pound. So $1 doesn't sound like a lot but if it's a 1,600 lb cow that equals $1600 which could make quite a dent in your pocketbook.


The pens are used to hold the cattle until the are ready to be sold. Cows have access to water and hay prior to sale time. In the picture above William is sorting cows and calves. The goal is to get all the cows in one pen and the calves in another.

This is done to make it easier to match up the correct cow and calf prior to entering the ring. It's important when you are selling pairs (cow and calf together) to make sure you have the right calf and cow.

This is the side of the barn most people see...the sales ring. Cows come in one side and leave on the other. Wyatt likes to be as close as he can to the sales ring. According to him it gets him a better view of the cows and the auctioneer can see him better when he wants to bid! (FYI he's not allowed to bid but try to tell him that).

This is the crowd from Saturday's special sale. This sale was a good many cow/calf pairs, bred cows and heifers and some open cows/heifers. Open means that the cow isn't going to have a calf in the next 9 months. Most of the time these cows are sold for hamburger meat.

You can barely see the cow and her calf in the ring in this picture. But they enter the ring together on the one side of the ring and exit on the opposite. The guys working the ring do their best to keep the cows calm. The auctioneer assist them in getting the cows out of the ring quickly. The sales ring is a new place for the cows and some become agitated quickly. It is safer for the cows and the people for them to remain as calm as possible. An auctioneer that requires an animal to stay in the ring too long risk causing injury to the ring workers and the animal. Most livestock auctioneers do a great job of only allowing the animal in the right for a minute or two.

Wyatt is being a spy!

Cows and calves waiting in pens out back for their turn in the ring. That yellow box looking thing in the back ground is an automatic waterer. This allows the cows and calves to always have access to clean, fresh water. You can also see that the cows are laying in the remainder of the hay that they were fed. Pens at a sale barn are cleaned often to ensure the health of all the animals who enter them.

The newest calf...this calf was actually born at the sale barn the night prior to the sale.

Wyatt has spotted the newborn calf and realizes that it doesn't know the rule of the game yet.

Note that as Wyatt goes to pet the calf the other calf gets out of the way...he knows the drill

Wyatt spent a good 10 minutes petting the calf

Its amazing at 4 he has learned that you have to be slow and gentle with a calf if you want to touch it. Hollering and running won't help you get close to a calf or a cow. Wyatt has learned this by watching our family work cows. My husband is one of the calmest, quietest people I know. He learned early in life to "read" a cow and knows how to approach them to make them move. This method is much better for the cows because they remain calm and much safer for William because calm cows rarely attack. And yes cows will attack you!

I think he has a new friend.

This was Wyatt's favorite cow of the day...please note that this cow has ear...which means there is some Brahman influence in her. All of these cows are open which means they aren't going to have a calf.

Most all sale barns I have ever been to have a catwalk which allows buyers to walk over the top of the pens to view the cattle. During the weekly sale this is much safer option that the alleys. 

Santa Gerturdis Cow/calf pair in the ring

After the sale is complete the buyers bring their trucks to the loading area. The loading area has chutes and alleys to help move the cows calmly from pens to the trailers. The loading area also has a lift so that the cows walk up a gently incline to get on the trailer instead of having to jump up.

Loading alley

As each trailer pulls in the driver gives William a slip of paper called a load slip. This slip has information about who bought what cows. It is important that people get the cows they purchase. After all the cows are loaded on a trailer William compares the load slip to what's on the trailer just to double check everything is correct before letting the buyer leave.

I hope this gives you a better idea of what goes on behind the scenes at a livestock sale barn. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me or leave them in the comment section.

Until next time--


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mothers Day

Ladies, I was typing this to email to a friend tonight and thought I might share it with the rest of my friends. It comes from a little Devotional book called: God Calling. This was May 12th. I also wanted to add something I read on one of our members blog. Happy Mothers Day to all you wonderful rural women!! I’d love to know how you spent “your” day. We delivered the last of our Mothers Day flowers, went to church, ate with family, puttered, and went fishing. Perfect for me! What did you do?

This is worth sharing: From God Calling.

Turn out all thoughts of doubt and of trouble. Never tolerate them
for one second. Bar the windows and doors of your souls against them as you would bar your home against a thief who would steal in to take your treasures.
What greater treasures can you have than Peace and Rest and Joy? And these are all stolen from you by doubt and fear and despair.
Face each day with Love and Laughter. Face the Storm. Joy, Peace,
Love, My great gifts. Follow Me to find all three. I want you to
feel the thrill of protection and safety now. Any soul can feel this
in a harbor, but real joy and victory come to those alone who sense
these when they ride a storm. Say, " All is well." Say it not as a vain repetition. Use it as you use a healing balm for cut or wound, until the poison is drawn out; then, until the sore is healed; then, until All is well.

I stole this next wonderful reminder from Little House on the Horizon.   Katey says she has the following in her closet to read each morning. I think we should all put it there. It is one of the best things I’ve read in sometime to help us with our priorities as Mothers.
My first jobs are to be a wife and a mother.

Period, end of story, those come before all others. The next line says:

My faith and family come first.

With just those things I have a complete life!!!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Lord has Plans for You......................

I know it has been too long. April/May are busy flower shop months. Don’t say I didn’t warn you ladies about this from the beginning. Remember My Disclaimer???

We did a funeral, wedding, and prom in one week.  I finished graduation flowers and some funeral flowers Friday. Banquet flowers, Mothers Day, and Memorial Day are all still looming. Plus my own families activities- when I can get there.  The best part of moving my store home?  Most of this I was able to do at home.  I know I must seem like the phantom flower shop owner. There is no real evidence. I’m always about thirty minutes behind on remembering to capture life for RWR (photos). I will promise some wedding photos as someone other than me remembered to take them. Things should taper off in a couple of weeks. Until then, don’t hold your breath for me. I want to show my garden and some other fun stuff when I can make the time. Until then, I’d love for you ladies to share photos of your Spring on our FB page. Don’t be shy.

I have been thinking about this off and on for most of the week, so I wanted to share this with you ladies.

I was reading my Bible this week- no study, just working my way through some of the Old Testament. I have read this before, but I came across something I had not read before- make sense? It concerns us as women. I think you’ll like this. It both made me smile and think.

Okay let me lay some back drop. The Lord has just lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. If you want to get the full story, read from the beginning of Exodus. It won’t take long and it is really good. It’s the book of the Bible that tells the account of Moses leading the Israelites out of bondage from Egypt.

The Israelites and Egyptians had a front row seat to the magnificent power of our creator. They had seen the Lord deliver on promises: plagues, famines, and many other signs and wonders. They had been guided by the Lord in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. The grand finale takes place right before this: The Lord had just parted and dried the Red Sea for easy passage out of Egypt. The Israelites had just watched their captors swallowed as the water recessed just shortly after they were safe and sound. This account takes place as they realized their freedom. They have been delivered. They are safe.

Exodus 15:20

Miriam the prophetess Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing.

I was raised in a church were musical instruments, women, and certainly dancing had no place, so reading this for the first time really struck me. It has been in my mind almost the entire week.

The side note in my Bible says: What was Miriam’s role? As a prophetess, Miriam led the people in worship after the victory over the Egyptians. She also had authority because God spoke through her. Num. 12:1-6. God used both Miriam and Aaron as prophets, speaking to them in dreams and visions. Micah also reports that Miriam was sent by God to lead Israel Micah 6:4.

My first thought when reading this was the amazing picture in my mind of this woman and her sisters praising the Lord. Wish I was there. Then I happened upon my second thought: “Wait a minute, this goes against everything I’ve been taught”. So most certainly I read the passages in the side bar.

Note before you read on that things are going very well at the time of this passage in Exodus 15:20. When you come to this next little morsel of info, things aren’t going so well. You won’t regret reading Numbers 11 before reading on to Miriam’s next debut.

Numbers 12:1-6

Okay. Now this one is a bit longer so you’ll have to go look it up. Miriam went almost immediately from leading praise and worship to badmouthing Moses. Not necessarily a full blown slander, but raising question of character. I’ll just give you a little bit of the verse to wet your appetite.


Numbers 12:1

Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite.


My sidebar here reads: Why did Miriam and Aaron suddenly become opposed to Moses’ Cushite wife?

Miriam and Aaron became envious of Moses’ special position as God’s spokesperson (v.2) They camouflaged the core issue- their Jealousy of Moses by focusing the attention on his Cushite wife.

I think you will also see by reading chapter 11 that things weren’t going so well. We don’t always like God's plan or punishment.

Now after this second passage we can see that as women we can really get things going with praise and worship, but on the other hand, we also have the ability to get things going in another less favorable direction.

Read on……………………………….....The Lord overhears…………His anger burned against them. Miriam is punished- not Aaron. Why? My sidebar notes that most likely because Miriam instigated the whole affair, so she received the brunt of the punishment.

I see so much happening here. I think in this scripture we can realize our power to boost morale. We make wonderful praise and worship leaders, party throwers, and band wagon starters. We are wonderful at spreading the word, excitement, and cheer. Our spirits can be almost contagious. In all we do, we are either using our ability to delight or anger the Lord- EVERY time we open our mouths.

Another thing that surfaces again is our ability to influence. Miriam didn’t praise the Lord alone and she didn’t slander Moses alone either. It doesn’t matter who we are, if we are a breathing being, we are leading a group of women somewhere. You might not even know who is following your tambourine. This is a very real reminder that we have the ability to play the Lord's music or our own. Our procession line is either to heaven or to hell.

I also find the Lord's faithfulness to Moses comforting. Moses didn’t have to defend himself against the slander. The Lord did the defending.

The last passage Miriam appears is Micah 6:4. I think this shows the Lord's Mercy and our Hope in Him.  Miriam had to suffer the consequences of her actions. I‘m not going to tell you what it was- you have to go read for yourself. The good news was that it was temporary.

Micah 6:4

I brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you and also Aaron and Miriam.

The Lord did not forget Miriam. She was mentioned again in this final verse many books of the Bible later, not as a slanderer, but as a leader. We may have to suffer consequences for our actions, but the Lord forgives.  He knows for what we were truly designed.  He makes up for our short comings.   I know this might sound so over used, but God is so Good.  Get to know Him.  He has plans for you.

That's something to think about.


Have a wonderful week ladies.