Since the last update the summer pigs went off to the butcher and I cleaned up their fencing in the woods. Then we got a new (old) tractor. It's a 1976 John Deere 2240. It's newer, bigger and more powerful than our old tractor. It also won't start so I need to fix the alternator. I can get it going with a jump start from the truck so I used it to clean out the moveable brooder hoophouse. Then I pulled the hoophouse over to its winter home next to the barn. One of our laying flocks is already at home in that hoophouse staying warm and dry. I finished the last eggmobile for the year and trained the layers to roost in it. They'll go into another hoophouse soon.
The latest project was getting the barn ready for the cows. The gutter on the barn was leaking so I fixed that by moving the gutter further out and increased the slope so the water drains quicker. I also built a new cattle hay feeder out of pole timber from our woods and 2x4s. The feeder has angled slots for the cows to put their heads in but it keeps them from pulling hay out of the feeder and wasting it on the ground. There is also a cow calf divider which is a board that sits 3'-4' off the ground. Just enough room for a calf to squeeze under and get away from the bigger cattle. Lastly we got a new batch of pigs that I'll be raising over the winter. These will be our rototillers in the spring and will till up the bedding turning it into compost.
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