For some reason, farmers of old (and, sadly, probably some still) thought that throwing old metal farm implements, myriads of rolls of barbed wire or woven wire in ditches, along with old hedge posts would somehow magically make the ditch stop washing. Nothing could be further from the truth! However, it could be said that throwing trash in the ditch answers men’s idea of ‘cleaning’ sort of the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ that women simply cannot fathom. It’s still there for goodness sake!
Blessed with incredibly fine weather and a wee bit of time and some great help last week and after owning this property for about 26 years, this 50 foot stretch of ditch had the metal pulled out. Because of the junk, the water simply pools and won’t allow healing. Once I graze the pasture down this winter with my cows, I’ll burn all the wood trash and cut down as many rubbish trees as necessary to allow this ditch/draw to grass over and heal, so erosion will STOP!
What a surprise to find these fine implements stacked alongside the ditch – most are in decent working order, though too antiquated to be useful except as yard ornaments.
During the course of the year, we sell our calves as they reach a weight that is valuable in the marketplace – this may mean we’ll have 3 or 4 days which we sell groups of calves. Monday was such a day with 200 head going to market at North Missouri Livestock Auction in Milan, MO. (also find them on facebook)
The calves had already been sorted, so Monday morning just meant gouping into trailer load lots. The number in each lot varied by trailer size.
Our little stock trailers are 7ft by 24 ft, so we can haul about 25 head of the five weight calves. I was the first one to load out for the trip to Milan and would return for a second load. Roundtrip is about an hour and 15 minutes.
Now that my husband has sold some of his calves, he’s offered to buy me a new shirt. WHAT! Aint’ nuthin’ wrong with my shirt?! 😉