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NellieBelle Posted - Sep 06 2014 : 09:26:03 AM
Tried to glam up the milking area a little bit. Floor drying out after the flooding but much better than it was.
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Ron Posted - Sep 06 2014 : 7:41:16 PM
The skeeters just got real bad. Have been staying the cows at least 2 times a day with that herbal mixture Eco Phyte, supposed the be approved for organic I production. Sort of keeps things at bay for a while but not 100% . Looked at the cows up the lane today and the poor things were huddled together just covered in a cloud of them, I felt really bad for them
NellieBelle Posted - Sep 06 2014 : 7:13:05 PM
Not bad here. Hope we don't get anything like that. Flies are even fewer. :)
Ron Posted - Sep 06 2014 : 6:28:12 PM
Biting insects a problem by you guys. We had an outbreak this week and they are terrible all of a sudden.
NellieBelle Posted - Sep 06 2014 : 5:39:02 PM
I run fans when the heat gets up into the 80's + This summer has been a hum dinger. It was so bad some days I took the water hose and sprayed the sides and roof of the barn to help cool it off. (I told you, I'm a bit eccentric). Right now the horses are in a pasture down by the pond. Water is good and lots of pasture. Only feed hay in the winter. We bring them up towards the barn in case weather gets bad. Plus the pond freezes up in winter of course. It's nice to have them home in the winter.
Ron Posted - Sep 06 2014 : 2:41:38 PM
Horses as well. Now there is work for sure and hay consumption.
My barn is currently a converted equipment shed. No electric no water. I ran a power wire out there for a large fan, it keeps the cows a little cooler and the biting fly insects seem to stay out of the wind also. The place will have to suffice till I either buy a place with a barn or build one. In my spare time of course.
NellieBelle Posted - Sep 06 2014 : 1:55:43 PM
Boy, mother nature can turn out some bad ones sometimes. It's good to be able to get them to the barn. Last winter we had a blizzard hit here. It came so quick and the snow was so heavy the heifers couldn't find there way to the barn. I was scared but I walked out in the pasture and kept hollering their names and they followed me to the barn. That was scary enough for me. You don't know whats coming. It's a good thing the horses and heifers get along. Gets a bit crowded but they manage somehow. We can open up both sliding barn doors to make more room if we need to. We did last year when the weather was bad.
Ron Posted - Sep 06 2014 : 12:24:52 PM
Always concerned for the critters. The storm last year dumped three feet of snow and wind then article air. We had neighbors who lost milk cows standing in the barnyard. The wind blew the wet snow so hard it packed the nostrils full and then froze. Beef cattle driven through fences and into Doug outs and dams. Many adjoining ranches lost hundreds of cows, there were cows on the highway , it was a mess. My old lean to barn had heavy wet snow on it but came through it fine. All the cows rode it out high and dry. I was so thankful yet felt so bad at the same time for all the lose around me.
NellieBelle Posted - Sep 06 2014 : 11:49:32 AM
Ron Posted - Sep 06 2014 : 11:25:34 AM
We live where there has been tornados activity as well. I guess as long as the living things make it everything else can get repaired.
NellieBelle Posted - Sep 06 2014 : 11:05:12 AM
It's not grandpa's cool old wood barn, but I'm thankful to have an area to milk my girls. Tornado tore the roof off a few years back and we had to put a new roof back on. Things can change in a heartbeat. On the up side, it missed the house. :)
Ron Posted - Sep 06 2014 : 09:59:30 AM
Super nice!