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Frost

No doubt fall is upon us now. We’ve had several heavy frosts. This week is modern gun season for deer in KY.. I decided not to hunt this year so I can stay on top of construction of the poultry houses. I’ve heard a lot less shots this year than in the past. The deer population has been hit with a disease spread by biting gnats. I’ve heard a lot are being found dead. Hopefully the frost and colder weather will send the gnats packing. Unfortunately it will do the same to all but the hardiest of flowers. The leaves are really falling now as the winds have picked up. Fall is strange with it’s temperatures varying. Yesterday the wind was out of the south and temps climbed up to 70. Today the wind is calm, but a few sprinkles and clouds have really kept the temps down. The forecast is for a cold front behind these sprinkles.

Construction continues on the poultry houses. It’s odd to see them rise from the ground. So far rain has not been a setback except for today. Really no rain to speak of, just enough to keep them from pouring concrete. So far the contractors have been very busy. Most of the time they are working form daylight until after dark. The kids have been thrilled by all the equipment that is around. Unfortunately BJ has not been so thrilled. Just something about concrete trucks at 6:40 am on Saturday she can’t come to grips with. We have talked to a contractor about moving the doublewide. I was amazed at what it costs to move one of those things. I bet we’ll spend pretty close to $10,000 by the time everything is unhooked, moved, and re-hooked. It seems that finding someone to remove the freon from the heat and air unit is going to hold us back.

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With no rain the grass has completely stopped growing. Which has meant feeding hay to the horses and goats. Right now they are getting a roll a week. Besides feeding the hay. I’ve used the loader on the 6000 this week for lots of dragging and moving. I’ve been tryin to level out some rough places in the pastures and keep water from getting inside the doors on the barns. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 truckloads of gravel have been spread so far. A lot of it was spread by the truck, but it still left some for me to get. I got my culvert in below the barn and started putting down gravel. At the moment I am out of gravel. I need to have a couple more loads delivered for driveways and heavy use areas. Overall though I have gotten quite a bit of cleanup done.

Well as always there is tons to do, so I better go do it. Be sure to check back soon and check out the pics I’ve added! Thanks for reading!

 


11 Responses to “Frost”

  1. Kevin Says:

    Hi Joel!
    Glad to hear that work is coming along nicely on the poultry houses! Hopefully you will be on schedule with what Cobb was wanting. I know that sometimes corporate schedules/proceedures don’t seem to work so well in the real world as what the office moguls think they should.
    The state sent me a letter asking for permission to come onto my property for survey and prelimenary evaluation for a road project. They have been working on this project for several years now, but seem to be much closer than they were. If they approve this phase they will probably buy the front half of my property, along with the house I grew up in. I’ll still have a few acres and the house I now live in, but not enough to keep much livestock, maybe a few goats or a litter of pigs, but I would still have to buy feed for them.
    Thinking of feed, have you heard anything about using Dried Distiller’s Grains as livestock feed? A couple of weeks ago there was a segment on it on the Ag Day TV show. It was about a Kentucky goat farmer who was using it to help feed out his Boers. He claimed it was giving him a better return on his feed dollar; lower cost/higher feed conversion. The story said the project was being done in conjuction with the state university ag department, might be worth checking out.
    Well, take care, and if we don’t hear anything new from you before then, have a Happy Thanksgiving!
    Kevin

  2. joelw Says:

    Kevin,
    Farmers here have been using distillers grain for a while. What I seem to have the easiest and cheapest time getting is corn gluten. We mix it 50/50 with crushed corn and feed it to goats and cows. Pretty good mix. BJs grandpa gave me his feed recipe and he uses distillers grain in it. He’s not very fond of gluten.
    Lots of folks here are getting displaced by projects. Be it road or building. Seems to only be 2 ways you can come out. Either you make twice what it’s worth or you get about half what it’s worth.
    Cobb has moved their bird date to Feb 1. However the builders are saying they should be done by January 1. That would be a whole month of pay without birds. That would make me smile. Hopefully they can get these things under roof before we get very much bad weather.

  3. joelw Says:

    Kevin,
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours too!

  4. Gladys Burns Says:

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING JOEL TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

    Gladys

  5. joelw Says:

    Gladys,
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well!

  6. Cyberhillbilly Says:

    Joel:

    Given your interest in farming and finding innovative ways to market what you do as well as the Appalachian region, you should look into the (University of KY) KY Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute.

    It\’s a great program that\’ll provide tons of insight into how entrepreneurship could help w/ what you do and help you help others in this area.

    There\’s not a lot of time left, but the application is fairly easy. It is a big committment but if you have the flexibility it\’s well worth the while.

    Here are some links:

    http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CLD/KECI/apply.html (application page)

    http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CLD/KECI/about.html (about KECI)

    http://www.ca.uky.edu/agc/video/ontheair/ (see the second video down… \”entrepreneur roundtable\”)

  7. Cyberhillbilly Says:

    Joel:

    Just a follow up… this is an all volunteer free institute to help train folks in the region on how to make differences in their community. You can look up a schedule online. It culminates in a trip to an Indian reservation out west. Your only expense would be a few meals and travel to and from (locally… the reservation would be paid for by them.)

  8. Cyberhillbilly Says:

    BTW…. cool blog.

    JG

  9. joelw Says:

    Cyberhillbilly,
    Thaks for the info. I’ll check it out! Glad you enjoy the site. Come back soon. Thanks for the comment!

  10. Cyberhillbilly Says:

    Joel:

    I’m on the run today, but I spoke to Ron Hustedde the director of the KY Coaches Institute. I gave him a powerful reccomendation of you based on your work on the blog and what you’re trying to do w/ farming now.

    They’re willing to extend the deadline if you’re interested in this and have the flexibility to participate. If you’re not able to, they want to speak to you sometime about the blog when they’re in McCreary County.

    My assistant, Jenny, is going to be calling you today to see if there’s anything she can do to help in this process. You should probably list me as a reference as I know several of the folks at the Center for Rural Dev. where the selection committee will come from.

    Hope you’re interested in this. Your blog really speaks volumes for your potential and I would love to see that channelled to helping E. KY.

    Thanks.

    Johnathan

  11. Taio Cruz Says:

    Hey, I go over all your articles, keep them coming.

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