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Still Working

26 Jul

I haven’t taken a lot of pictures of the animals lately because I’ve just been busy working.  Scooping the buildings is still a priority.  I’m currently working on the buck pen.

I had to quit because Xerxes was in a panic over me being in there while he wanted to nap.  I didn’t complain because I’m old and can’t do the all day scooping like I used to.

Fionn and Xerxes

I was going to finish it today, but we had a rain overnight.  The rain is good.  We were horribly dry again, and this will also help the compost pile settle (picture before the rain).

We’ll see when it gets done now.  At least we still have cool weather in the forecast.  For the record, that really thick part is from the llamas’ poop pile.  I dearly wish they would make those piles outside.

The other thing I had to do this summer was empty the bulk bin.

For some reason, the corn seemed a little lower quality than I like to feed to the goats.  I’m not feeding corn this summer while they are fat from pasture, so I wanted to empty it, hose it down and let it air out.  I emptied it into buckets and took to my nephew for his cows.  Yes, I can get fifteen cat litter buckets in the Ranger.

The cows looked like they would prefer I just gave it directly to them.

When I got it emptied, I reached in, and it was gross.  This is what is plastered to the sides for quite a ways up.

And it really smells bad too.  And it draws flies like crazy.  Yuck.

I’m trying to figure out how to clean it (I’m thinking power washer), and then I have to figure out how the moisture got in it in the first place.  I can’t fill it just to let the corn rot again.

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A Walk in Pasture

2 Dec

Now that the cows have gone and the goats are shut on the front pasture, there’s not much to look at out in the Back Forty.  Although, I still think it’s beautiful.

The neighbor has cows on the corn field behind us.

I did see this.  I’m not sure what kind of den it is.  I’m okay with fox.  I will have a fit if it’s coyote.  I don’t know how to tell the difference.

There were a ton of doves that took off when I got close.

Not much out there right now.

Loading Out Cattle

25 Nov

It was time for my nephew’s cattle to leave the Back Forty and head to a harvested corn field so they could feast on corn stalks.  We thought about doing it the old fashioned way and walking them through town, but we figured people might not be happy if they meandered through their yards leaving pies along the way.  Instead, they brought their shiny new trailer this morning.

Then we headed out to pasture to bring the cattle up to the barnyard.  No pictures of my zooming around on the Ranger driving them up.  It was fun though.  It’s been a long time since I’ve herded cattle.  Luckily these were pretty cooperative.

When everyone else caught up (they were on foot), we ran them on into the barnyard.

After we got everyone into the barnyard and shut the gate to the lane, we ran the cattle into the barn.

Then the corral panel went across the opening to the barn.

Then we started walking them through the barn to get on the trailer.

It wasn’t too bad.  The bull, 2J80, did dig his front feet in and refuse to move for a few minutes, but then he loaded.

The naughty rump roasts don’t have a lot of experience with getting on trailers, so they did wander around and not want to cooperate.

Four of them escaped the barn, but we finally got everyone loaded and moved.