The farmy has a sunny day ahead. Plus a high that may just tip us above freezing. My arms ache from carrying buckets of water for the cows so I hope we can get the hoses out today. Carrying water is hard work.
Over on the West side they have a plumbed water trough. The water comes across from the cottage there. It has a heater in the trough but it still freezes over, you have to smash the ice twice a day. But smashing ice is so much easier than carrying buckets – and a lot more satisfying. The rising temps will help with this too.
The cows and pigs and even the chickens will eat snow if their water gets frozen over. Wai finds actual chips of ice and crunches on those. I must remember that when it gets hot in the summer. If we ever see summer again.
It is hard to imagine summer when it is this cold and shiny snow white.
Tima snores. Loudly. I can hear her snoring while milking the cow. Too fat. But they need that fat for the winter. She always loses some again in the summer. And Tane being so thin needs a fat wife to keep him warm. I don’t know about this rooster warming his feet on the fat pig though – that seems a bit disrespectful but once he settles down I am sure his warmth is welcome. LuLu the cat usually creeps into the corner beside Tane.
Mr Flowers and his tail.
My first two round bales arrived last night so today we will roll the first one out. The round bales are for the herd across the way. I will see if we can get one in under the trees over there. At least it has a chance of staying dryer under there. There is talk of trying a round bale of silage too. John has found some. They call is balege here. I might buy one and slowly feed it out. If we like it and its system, the cows and I, then maybe we will do some silage instead of all dry hay. Especially in that first cut when the weather is still inclement.
To keep properly, sileage has to be airtight so it is wrapped in plastic and handled carefully so there are no holes in the plastic letting in air which allows rot. My biggest problem is what to do with the leftover plastic. I will think on it.
We have lost a lot of hay (and money) to rain. Silage we cut and bale when the hay is at its optimum protein. Ony needing a 24-hour window. If the hay is ready to be cut and the man and his machine is free and I get a clear two days, I can have it cut and baled fast.
Plus it stores in rows on the ground. No hauling as many heavy dry bales up into the barn.
My other problem is not having a tractor big enough to carry a big round bale of silage or a big round bale of hay. The round bales of hay is loaded at its source (where we buy it) onto our dump-truck and literally dumped then we place the feeder over it. Silage will need another system as it is not a free feed. You cannot just let the cows have at it, it gets fed out in portions.
Lots to think about.
I hope you have a lovely day.
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