It’s the time of year when the farm is on the way to being very busy, not only with cleaning up from winter and gardening a little but also for preparing for next winter.
There’s filling the wood house with enough firewood to last through the worst of winter’s even it doesn’t come to fruition.
You can never be sure! So, prepare, prepare, prepare!!
Mowing, raking and baling enough hay to keep the cattle fat and happy through a rough winter when they’re carrying prospective new babies.
We’re always mending and replacing fences and cleaning up line-fences (fences bordering neighbors). Gates get in disrepair and have to be changed. Fence posts after so many years will rot off at the top of the ground and they’ll need to be replaced. Did I mention deer running through the fences and making openings where none should be while a predator (coyote) is chasing them? These all need to be watched and corrected all year long to keep your cattle where they’re supposed to be and keep your neighbors happy.
Building fences, sheds, working pens and more can run into loads of money. One way that we are able to cut some of those costs is to go into our woodland and cut mature trees, saw into 8′, 10′ and 12′ logs, haul them out of the woods and have a neighbor with a portable sawmill come to the farm and saw our logs into lumber. Our woodland has lots of mature oak and pine perfect for the job and if you leave them in the woods they will fall and rot. We’re returning the logs to the farm in the way of lumber.
I’ve decided this post will go on forever so for time and adventure I will save the rest for several segments of “Work, work, work! Until then, look around your day to day life and re-evaluate the work you do for your family. When you break it down like this, it’ll be very gratifying but may make you tired too!!