We are like every other farmer in Kentucky, waiting for dry weather so that we can start cutting hay. We have about 100 acres that needed laid down two weeks ago. So instead of making hay we have been staying busy with other tasks. Last week we sold two heifers that lost calves, and two cows that turned out to be open and didn’t calve. They were nice, young cows and sold good at the Owenton market.
One of the recent storms broke a barn door hanger on the equipment barn. The hay baler sits right behind this door, so it was pretty high priority to get it fixed before it dries up. After about seven trips back to the shop to get additional tools that we kept forgetting, we pulled the tractor up close to the door to keep it from falling over while we fixed the hanger. The bucket also turned out pretty handy as scaffolding.
As a side note, has anyone else noticed that the wasps are horrible this year? There were four nests on the back of this door alone, and two in the tract. I hate wasps! Let me say that again with more emphasis, I HATE WASP!!! But somehow, despite swatting them with my hat like I was dodging a missile strike while standing on a ladder, I avoided getting stung and I managed to not fall off the ladder. I consider that a major success in its self.
With the help of Greg on the ground handing me tools, washers and nuts that I dropped in the grass, we were able to get the door rehung. The new rollers worked very well making the old heavy door seem lighter and much more manageable.
I wish that it would stop raining, but at least now when it does dry up I will be able to get the baler out of the barn.
Hello, my name is Dan Miller and I work for the Kentucky Beef Network. KBN took over operation of the Eden Shale Farm in April of 2013. We are using the 961 acre farm as a demonstration and learning center for beef cattle producers. This blog serves as a place to document daily farm activity and host discussions about the demonstrations being implemented. I hope you find this information useful and that you come visit us at Eden Shale Farm.