A Day in The Farm Life
The weather has been great here lately for growing and for the hay harvest. What a relief!
Biggest chore of the past week was getting the cattle rounded up and corralled. Then working them all thru the chute. Took two days of hard work. A good rain shower happened to get us wet but settled the dust nicely. About half way through one cow went crazy and actually tore down the alley to the chute and knocked me down. Kicked me hard in the stomach and badly injured my right hand. I was in pain and worried that I might be injured severely enough not to continue work! Turns out a bulky stomach has some value as after the pain passed I only suffered a short while and all that's left is some bruises. The kick to my right hip is still a little painful. My hand swelling has gone down but is still tender though healing. By the time we got the chute straightened and reassembled, which took half the day, I was able to continue the job.
Also got the 5 ton load of feed grain for the hogs done but breakdowns of the grinder mixer and the unloading auger caused a two hour job to turn into two days. Then I finally got a chance to load up some hay from the fields and the tractor loader broke a steel pin at a fulcrum spot making it unusable. By that time I no longer had much patience for breakdowns and was pretty stressed. My wife took a break from her gardening work and decided to help me cope by changing the work and helping me fix some fence and move the cattle onto new pasture with access to the woods for shade. They were spread out over a large area and resisted the move at first so our new dog was a great help. Also my wife was a great help with the chores and changing my attitude. Later I found a way to repair the tractor loader and did another load of hay.
The tractor I purchased has still not been made available. Seems after all the agreed repairs the computerized dash malfunctioned and had to be sent to a repair shop in Canada. Somehow it was confused by Canadian Border Police as a possible bomb which delayed things for about a week. In all my 35 years of farming I have never had so many equipment problems all in one season!
Had a couple schedule mix ups because of the break for the July 4th Holiday but things should work out. Even had one more cooler returned. More fresh produce items starting to be ready. Lets take a look at what were planning to deliver this week:
Micro Greens, Lettuce Salad Mix, Kale, Collard Greens, Chard, Fresh Green Onions and Leeks, Red Globe Radishes, Winter Squash, Summer squash, Garlic Chives, Napa Cabbage, Radish Greens, Herb-Parsley, Sesame leaves, Cucumbers, Rhubarb, Kohlrabi and Eggs
Variety of Meat:
Chicken, Ground Beef, Beef Steak Cutlets, Beef Roast, Ham Steak, Pork Chops, Ground Pork Sausage.
See You All Soon,
Gary and So