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February 1 8, 201 6 Golden Valley News Rodeos, plays, and bucking broncos Hat Tips By Dean Meyer Hello. I‘ve always enjoyed rodeos. I grew up attending the Y's Mens rodeo in Minot and the Blaisdell rodeo every year. I don‘t imagine I missed more than a handful of those rodeos the first thirty or forty years of my life. But one of my favorites was the NDRA rodeo finals in Wat- ford City. They not only put on a great rodeo with great stock. they always added a little extra. Be it the “wild ride" or a dedication to something special. I’ll never forget the program they put on following the attack on 9/11. One year they put on kind of one act play. Here is how it went. It was like an old time roundup. Cowboys sitting around a tire, talk- ing of great cowboys and great buck- ing horses. Old time cowboys probably didn't have “Strawberry Roan" playing in the background. but who knows. I wasn’t there. As the narrative wound down. the cowboys snubbed a bronc up, put a blind on, and just as we told the crowd to sit back and enjoy the rodeo. Nolan screwed himself into, the saddle, and they pulled the blind— fold off. They couldn‘t have done it any better in Hollywood. That bronc let out a squeal and blew up! He made about four good jumps, jumped straight in the air, and flipped himself over on top of Nolan! It was truly awesome! Well, I thought so. Nolan didn’t like it quite as well. But he did escape with only bruises. Then the bronc jumped up and bucked right through their campfire! Just like Charlie Russell painted it. It brought tears to my eyes. Reminded me of my younger days. I wasn’t a bronc rider. But. I got on some. The ground wasn’t near as hard forty years ago. And I wasn’t so top heavy. I was riding a horse named Frazer. Big. good looking palomino gelding. A mouth like a feather. But he was just a colt and was inclined to test you early in the morning. I was a hell of a lot more scared of him than I let Hal and Dennis see. We were going riding on the res.I thought I’d top Frazer off at home. so when he bucked me off. we would- n’t have to spend the morning look- ing for him. I crawled on him in front of the barn and let him stand there awhile. Then I started easing him around the corral. All of a sudden he jumped in the air and let out a beller. He crashed into the fence and I started grabbing ahold. I grabbed for leather, hair, anything... 1 just wanted something to hang on to. My levijacket hooked over the saddle horn and he kept jerking me down by his head. His head hit me in the face and loosened some teeth and gave me a bloody nose. I tell you what, those buttons on those old denim jackets don't tear out easy. It was like being welded to that saddle. After a few seconds. which seemed like a hell of a long time to me, Frazer stopped to catch his wind. Hal and Dennis were laughing their heads off. I didn’t think that was very nice. I didn’t find out till days later, that they had thrown a halter under Frazer to set him off that morning! Ah, to be young again. Now, this morning. I have a colt tied in the barn, and we are heading for the yearling gather over by Yates. And 1 am too scared to spit. It’s lucky Shirley is here, to top off Boa. Later. Dean State offers Zika virus guidance for travelers BISMARCK ~ The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) of- fers guidance for residents who are contemplating or planning to travel to areas of the world where the Zika virus is being transmitted. Zika virus has been of special con— cern to pregnant women. An up-to- date list of destinations with confirmed Zika transmission can be found at ease/Zika. People are encouraged to check this website frequently when they are planning travel because these areas are likely to change overtime. Pregnant women should postpone. if possible. any travel to Zika affected areas until after the pregnancy. Women who are trying to become pregnant and their male partners should talk with their health care provider about whether they should reconsider travel plans to Zika af- fected areas. "Most people who get infected with Zika virus either have no or only mild symptoms. However, there is a greater risk to a pregnant woman be— cause Zika virus can spreadtoherun» born baby. Due to" the potentially serious consequences of contracting Zika virus during pregnancy, diligent adherence to prevention measures is necessary," said Laura Cronquist. epi— demiologist with the NDDoH. Zika virus is primarily spread by tropical and subtropical mosquitoes. These mosquitoes also spread dis- eases like dengue and chikungunya. 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' Treated clothing remains protec- tive after multiple washings; see prod— uct information to learn how long the protection will last ' If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions carefully 0 Do NOT use permethrin products directly on skin; they are intended to treat clothing After returning from Zika affected areas, the N DDoH recommends: 0 Pregnant women should consult their health care provider and seek testing for Zika virus between two and 12 weeks after returning from a Zika affected area ' Men returning from Zika affected areas who have a sexual partner that is pregnant should either abstain from sexual activity or correctly and con— sistently use condoms for all sexual contact for the duration of the preg- nancy Men returning from Zika affected areas that have non—pregnant sexual partners should consider abstaining from or correctly and consistently using condoms for all sexual contact 0 All travelers should consult their health care provider if they develop illness. such as sudden onset of fever, rash. conjunctivitis (red eyes), joint pain. muscle soreness or pain, or headache, within 14 days of retuming from Zika affected areas Travelers should not use nons— teroidal anti—inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen - To help prevent others from get- ting sick. avoid getting additional bites from other mosquitos during the first week of illness More information regarding Zika virus can be found at www.nd- NEWSPAPERS: Yesterday, Today 8: Tomorrow Page 5 Using cowboy logic when you have twins SENTINEL BUTTE Despite the fact three generations had ranched there for over 70 years, hav— ing originally settled at that plateau in 1927, we nevertheless lost the ranch neighbor, thanks to a very dry 1980s. My parents had taken up ranching on upper Wannagan Creek in 193l, so I was extremely familiar with the nearby Brown’s Plateau Ranch, pri- marily because we had traded them ranch work all of our lives. New owners soon arrived from Underwood. by the Garrison Darn, near the center of North Dakota. over 150 miles to the east. They had farmed big there and rumor was they had a huge coal lease income and had to reinvest it to keep from giv- ing it all to the government. In reality, they were tired of hat~ tling muddy lots during spring calv- ing and were eager to ship their cattle out to the Badlands. I was the first neighbor to befriend them and the new neighbor. whose name was Dave Kjelstrup, saw an easy mark and talked me into running the ranch year around for a calf share. Along with his son Krist, they possessed one of the finest Red Angus herds in the country and pur— chased high quality Leland Red Angus bulls. I‘d calve out four to six sets of twins a year and had once read a study which indicated that 80 percent of the twin calves are born in the first 20 percent of your calving season. My own records showed that to be pretty true. The nice thing about twins is that you’ve got an extra calf to adopt onto a cow that loses one, if that should happen within a few days of Special Cowboy Moments By Bill Lowman the initial loss. It turned out that one spring a good young cow had twins on the 20 percent. In fact she was the very last one. “What are you going do with that twin?" said Dave. “We’ve got to get one off of her." I told him I would but I wanted to leave them both on fora little while to let them get off to a good start with their mother’s colostrum. A week later he was on me again. “Let's get one of those twins off.” he said. "I decided to let her raise both of them," I said. “She‘s got plenty of milk and they have bonded with each other and stay together. Plus she seems aware that she has twins to care for. I‘ve done this with my own cattle throughout the years." The key is that both calves must be the same sex. A heifer calf is usu— ally quicker to get up and travel to feed and water with its mother, where a new born bull calf mostly gets up, nurses and lays down again for the first couple of days. So if you have two sleepy—headed bull calves they will stay together and bond and the same is true for a pair of heifer calves, as they will both follow their mother. The trouble comes when you have one of each because then the “laggy” brill calf will be abandoned and the mother will not return for it, as she already has a nursing calf traveling with her and is satisfied. "Well. they’re never as good a cow with just one big calf," Dave said. I ducked his verbal blow and fired back another. “Dave,” they only have to be half as good," I said calmly as I looked him square in the eyes. His jaw dropped and he took a step backwards. Then his eyes worked me over from one side to the other and after a short pause. while forming a slight grin, he shook his head and turned away while saying. "I suppose that’s that damned cow— boy logic of yours." When we sold the calves that fall, the two lightweight twin calves dol- lared—out for way more than any one of the biggest calves of the bunch. And that’s saddle math at its best. (Bill Lowman is a rancher north of Sentinel Butte. and a nationally known cowboy poet, author and artist who authored this for the North Dakota Cowboy Association ‘5 Special Cowboy Moments.) Record number of Canada geese staying in ND. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department's annual midwinter was terfowl survey in early January indi— cated a record 222.890 Canada geese in the state. Andy Dinges. migratory game bird biologist. said an estimated 109.820 Canada geese were ob served on the Missouri River. and another 25,370 were scattered on Nelson Lake in Oliver County. Lake Sakakawea. which is typically iced- over in early January but had sub— stantial open water during this year’s survey, had 87,395 geese on the lake itself. Dinges said after summarizing the numbers, an additional 15.440 mallards were tallied statewide. “Little snow accumulation oc— curred up to the survey date and the availability of food should have been good." Dinges said. “Overall, win— tering conditions were excellent." The first large waves of migrat- ing waterfowl, according to Dinges, occurred during the first two weeks in November. Cold conditions dur— ing the third week of November pushed many waterfowl through the state. “After that short cold spell. mod— erate temperatures, with little snow accumulation, allowed birds to re— main in the state on the Missouri Please your local merchants OCAL NEWSPAPER every week! 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