The pigs are here! Tyson will take 4-H hogs again this year. Lon and Tyson arrived home with a couple more than I expected, but that's okay. Guess what you guys get to eat when you come this fall? :) Tyson will not only show them at the fair but he has to keep daily feed records, feed them, work with them, and just all around take care of them and learn how to raise them. After getting home he went up to the grainery and ground barley and corn. He ground up about 700 pounds of feed which then he mixes into a ration that has bags of protein he gets from the Coop in it. Swine have a relatively simple digestive system, similar to humans. Therefore, pig rations are made up primarily of farm-grown grains, plus a protein supplement that includes vitamins and minerals. When Tyson gets done with the mix he then hauls it to the feeder where he will show them how to eat out of it. Pigs are really smart so he really only needs to show them a couple times before they get it. So he also needs to keep track how much he puts in the feeder and his ration and analyze it so he knows how much his pigs will gain, or should gain per day until fair time.
I'll tell you upfront and right now, not a fan! This might be repetitious for those that I've already email and/or texted today but here is more of a step-by-step into the new system...I think. This is new for me too, but I've tried to poke around in it and see what I could make of it.
During the last month of license sales Outfitters and their clients experienced an unprecedented change in how client information could be accessed. The Department Licensing section, in response to some legal advice related to ID theft, created the “New” MyFWP, a convenient and secure way for individuals to view license, bonus points, preference points, drawing information and results, Hunt roster sign up and your placement on the roster, submit mandatory reporting, and manage your email subscriptions. Unfortunately, MyFWP was not designed with the Outfitter/Client relationship in mind. Now, after the roll out, we are working with FWP staff to see if we can incorporate key functionality that will help you provide the type of client service they expect/need in a simple manner.
In the meantime, while we wait for government.... You guys will have to be responsible for checking your drawing status because we can not see it anymore. Please, please, please, especially if your in a group, tell your friends so everyone knows to check!!!
Step 1: Go to: https://myfwp.mt.gov/fwpExtPortal/login/login.jsp
Step 2: Create a new user.
Step 3-4: Enter all the information on this dialog screen. If you don't know what your ALS# is you can look it up. The state assigns you one the first time you apply for a license in Montana.
Step 5: You will then get a confirmation email link that you will need to click on and use within 24 hours to get into the system. Go out to your email and click the link to activate your account.
Step 6: Once you've created an account you can log into myfwp website.
Step 7: Click on the "My FWP Information" on the left menu. It will expand a dropdown menu click on "View My Information".
Step 8: Click on the words "Draw Results" bar to expand it.
For screen shots to help you through the steps click on the file below to open a .pdf document.
This is the best I can do everyone from my end this is what I see... I won't comment anymore what I think of the system but just know I don't have much faith, and I think the picture says it all this time!
(Side note giving credit to the picture cause it's not mine here.)
I got the shed all cleaned and fixed up again for Lon. There's just something about getting the fresh straw put down for the next mom's to be and nice warm beds for their baby... wait a minute I know what it is! It's that clean smell! It's kind of like cleaning your house with bleach. The shed gets aired out cause you know, fhewy, it starts to get a little deep in here too! When Lon's checking all the cows there's not a lot of time for the little things, that's where I come in, until I get recruited to do a one of the big things when I get home from work. Takes me a little longer when I'm by myself, but I gotter' done! The cow in the pen on the left isn't exactly thrilled with my straw pitching abilities but she'll shake it off! ha ha get it she'll shake the straw off! Okay it's been a long day my humor is getting a little dry, signing off, good night!
Tyson is my helper of the day as we try to make room for more mud. We've had quiet a winter so far, yes I do believe it isn't over yet even though it's "spring". So the pen that I am in however is not all mud... But some how and some way Tyson and I are going to try to make some sense of this mess and put this in a pile so the cows and us can at least walk to where we need to be. We knew at some point the snow drifts would have to go, and yes we knew it would be a mucky mess too! So wish us luck in accomplishing this task so we can move more again later!
Occasionally, a cow loses a calf at birth or a calf loses its mother, and you need to graft the orphan or a substitute calf onto another cow to raise it. In this unfortunate circumstance this heifer lost her calf for one reason or another something wasn't quiet right. We didn't have a "bum" or extra calf available in our herd we had to go out and find someone who had one. Most of the time I don't try this hard, but this is a nice little heifer and she really wants to be a mamma, and it's Tyson's only cow. So I call a couple dozen people looking around for a calf. Talk about the typical story of I call a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy that might have a calf. That's how it went down this morning and by this afternoon I had this little sweetheart back home! Now the cow is in the head catch for a couple reasons. One we wanted to make sure that the calf sucked for the first time on this cow without her interfering at all. See sometimes they smell the calf and they immediately don't like them cause the calf is not their own, they can tell. Secondly, while I was on the road bringing the new calf home, Lon was home skinning the dead one. I know it kind of sounds morbid but it works most of the time. We will use it's hide and put it on the new calf so we can try to trick the mother cow into thinking that it's hers. In a few days, once the calf has drank her milk and she starts to realize that it's hers to take care of, we will turn her back outside in the pen. They do manufacture products that you can use to put on the calf for smell, we have worse luck with those then to just do it this way. (There is lots of reading out there on all the tips and tricks ranchers have used to graft a calf, see the link above.) We appreciate the help of a rancher down by Three Forks that had a set of twins and was willing to sell us one, so we could let her be a first time mom! So far so good, but it is only day one.
So look at this picture very closely...what can you see? You see the four-wheeler, you see Lon, and maybe he's hooking the winch up to the suburban. You might be able to tell that the four-wheeler is stuck in a ditch or a snowbank too. You notice that I'm taking the picture from the inside of the truck. This picture isn't out of the ordinary. Ya, it seems like I'm always pulling Lon out. You may ask why I'm in my suburban? Well, I was on my way up to the house when Lon called me, and it was an emergency that I get to him quick. Luckily, he was close to the house. Well then you may ask, why didn't he just walk to the house and get a truck. Sometimes it's not just what the picture shows, but what is outside of the picture that you can't see that is apart of this story. You see (or don't see) the mad mamma cow to my left outside my door on the other side of the ditch! Note to self: not a good idea to try to get away from a mad mamma cow that's trying to protect her baby and get stuck in a ditch while out running her. This made for a very awkward situation. About every other second Lon would look up and use my suburban as a wall from her. Every time she moved, stomped, snarled, mooed, or shook her head, he'd jump behind the suburban. Finally, she took her baby down the fence line and away from us, so we could get him the rest of the way pulled out. That's why I'm inside and that's why you don't know the whole story of a picture until you've heard the story to go with it!
Julie Hanson married Lon in 1996. She is a Montana native, grew up on a ranch, lives and works on a ranch,and is a partner in Anchor P Outfitters. See more on the About Us page.