This unseasonably warm weather is a blessing. Not only to sit on top of the wrapped round bales or on the ground leaning against a toasty cow soaking up the sunshine and warmth, but also to finish up those last few tasks to get ready for winter.
Okay, maybe more than a few tasks…. But we’ve made more progress.
The poultry processing buckets, tubs, and cages have been cleaned and put away.
The golf cart is in its shed and up on blocks.
The last three hoses have been drained, rolled up and hung in the barn.
The bale grabbers have been removed from the tractor and the bucket put back on (for snow removal).
The remaining plastic wrap from last winter’s round bales is gone.
The new round bale feeder is put together and the old one is repaired.
The barn windows are back in their frames.
We have most of the sawdust we’ll need for cow bedding to get through the next few months.
Numerous trips to the dump have reduced the accumulated cardboard, chicken grain bags and recyclables.
The haying equipment is tucked in for the winter.
The manure is spread.
The automatic float has been taken off the water tank and the water heater is again plugged in.
Only a few dozen tasks to go!
Randy Robar, co-owner of Kiss the Cow Farm