I feel like I am living in a construction zone. Everywhere you look on the ranch right now something is in the process of being built. This is the slab the guys poured yesterday in front of the cattle squeeze.
In this cement pour they also did the base for another heated water trough stand. We are really trying to avoid hauling water to the animals this winter.
Those trough stands get lots of rebar reinforcements so they can hold up to the rough treatment the cattle will give them. Bovines seem to think anything in their reach is a rubbing post – and an 1,100 pound critter can tear up something flimsy pretty quickly. So we really try to build things strong and sturdy. Our goal when we build something is that it lasts for 30 years – we figure after that it is someone else’s problem!
The roofers started putting a new roof on our little mobile home today. The old one was only 18 years old and had moss growing on it – but they said it was time for a new one anyway. Why is it roofers never wear shirts?? Do they not know about skin cancer?
There are stacks of building materials in every pasture just waiting for someone to get to them.
Some big stacks and some small, depending on the project they are intended for.
Here are the two support posts for the next covered cattle feeder. When it is raining and / or snowing this winter we want the cows to still have nice dry hay available.
And we are still working on putting water and electric lines in to the pastures too. Some of the ditches are done and covered, and now they have moved on to the new locations. We really are making progress though it sometimes doesn’t seem that way when all you can see are ditches and more ditches.
All of these projects have one thing in common – they need to be finished before winter. So far, the weather is cooperating and the days have been warm, sunny and beautiful.
But the vine maples are beginning to show their fall colors and when I walked down the gravel road out to the pasture yesterday I saw leaves already fallen.
It was 34 degrees last night, so we need to keep moving along, because winter will come whether we are ready or not. And we want to be ready!