Had a lot of things on my to-do list, but a few were left undone since i discovered the kitchen sink was leaking. Loosened the lock nut, raised up the drain, rolled up a replacement bit of plumbers putty, and replaced that which had deteriorated. Tightened it all up and voila! it seems to be working now. However, i did notice the flat rubber (located between the lock nut and the bottom of the sink) is stretched out of shape – had better get a replacement on hand just in case.
I completely forgot to check and repair a water gap along Cotton Road which was in a paddock in which i had a young cow get out last time the mob was in this paddock. She was the only one to get out, thankfully. Anyway, despite having driven the 35 minutes and shifting the cows that morning, i had to go back in the evening to check the gap. Especially since it is adjacent to a cemetery. I thought i’d just run up in my pickup since it’s faster, but she was out and had taken a friend with her! Cotton Road is not passable by pick up, so i had to drive back home and get my Gator and some more tools.
The two escapees had drifted into the cemetery instead of continuing west down Cotton Road which made it MUCH easier and quicker to walk them back into the paddock. Very thankful they were not yet near the tombstones. I’ve had to pay for repairs in the past and i sure didn’t want another round of that!
Made it back up there before dark and drove a steel t-post and dropped this heavy section of an old hay feeder. About a week ago, i had cut down these hedge tree sprouts and they were laying nearby, so i dragged them to lay in there as well just to discourage any lounging. Hedge trees are covered with tiny thorns.
Next day, i needed to check to be certain my repairs had stopped the escapees and thankfully, they had.
Many people can really problem solve – oftentimes, problem solving happens using tools at hand and at the moment. May not be perfect, but the creativity involved in taking mental inventory of what tools you have with you and laying them in such an order no where close to what they are designed for illustrates the amazing thought processes of the human mind. Truly, that is not an accident but a purposeful design of our Creator.
Well, with that lead in, you’d think i would share something just truly amazing and complex, yet it’s not. Simply using junk we have around the barn fashioned in such manner to solve a problem i personally have. Our 3 compartment mineral pans are somewhat heavy and certainly cumbersome, so i choose to never pick it up to move it. Obviously, if there is kelp, salt, and phosphorus inside totally negates that proposition. I had made a previous drag design, but it would only last about 16 months. Hoping this new design will last much longer.
Although the mineral tubs empty are not super heavy, they are bulky and awkward to lift and load and if there is any product still inside, it’s virtually impossible for me to load it. So, years ago, i came up with a way to move it without lifting it instead by dragging. After about 3 years, i’ve given up with the first method i invented because it kept failing about once a year and i’d need to rebuild it, so, i came up with a new plan. Simpler and easier to replace or repair should the need arise.
- i purchase the salt from ……, the kelp from Welter Seed & Honey, and the Calcium-Phosphorus mix from Agri-Dynamics north Missouri representative Shan Christopher
Rafter C. Ranch, Distributor
Shan Christopher1441 SE Hwy 116
Polo, MO 64671
These supplemental protein/energy tubs for cattle are 200 lbs! Obviously, i can’t pick it up to move as i shift cattle to new paddocks. Here’s my solution using stuff found around the farm.
As i get older, i’m more aware of how much time and hard work a piece of property can be. Many years ago, my grandpa gave me a 160 acre piece of his land and i now realize that he was about my age now when he gave it. I was much younger and was thrilled, but now i can see that he was probably tired of managing and fixing all its problems. In fact, it is only about the east 80 acres of the farm i now have that incurs 80% of the work i do on the 520 acres i now own/manage. (it is a sad reflection of our time that in north Missouri that is no where near enough property to make a living on). At the same time, it’s the corner of that piece that is the best for working and loading out livestock. (interestingly, my daughter, at about age 11 made the comment, ‘i don’t like this farm, it is too much work!”)
Truth be told, if it was possible for me to control the land to the north of me and to the south, i could all but eliminate the massive erosion and washing problems which cause my little piece to be so much work. But i don’t, so difficult repairs are recurring. Controlling the ‘heads’ of the water by building ponds or dams would practically stop all but the worst rain events which cause such destruction. The biggest help would be to seed down the hills that are being farmed every year. There are no roots to hold any soil in place and increase water infiltration on acres and acres of slope.
So, a point i’m trying to make is – look to your future self when purchasing a property – is this property you are considering fixable? or will it be constant work? We actually looked at a property last year that was adjoining and for sale, but with all it’s deep ditches and no control of the head, it would be more work than what we wanted to take on now at retirement age. It is FAR too much asking price anyway. (It’s still for sale)
My fences are completely dead now with the lack of a tiny fuse. These photos are from the last time it needed changing. I’m going to ask the fellow who installed this if we can turn that panel upside down so that the fuse box is lower to the ground. This is just ridiculous how much work it is and equipment needed to change a fuse!
A couple weeks ago, i needed to take out some hay to my cows. So i did so 2 at a time since i was concerned that our hay trailer would be damaged by the road conditions. After a few trips, i thought of videotaping the last stretch on the gravel road.
A week or so after this video, the roads dried a bit and the road mender made a much needed pass. Much better now.
Although, the dangerous hole over the culvert on Cotton Road on the north side of my property was well repaired (i forgot to take a photo), the rest of the 1 mile stretch remains untouched. However, since it is mostly dry, i can carefully navigate it in my JD Gator.