I guess the old adage â€œtime flies when your having funâ€ is true. Hard to believe it has been so long since I last posted here. So much has happened I have no idea where to start. We are currently finishing up our second cleanout at Farm I. Farm IIâ€™s birds will be selling around the first of February. This time we havenâ€™t seen the little inconveniences pop up like the first go around. The nests are the big improvement. So far the bigger S hooks have made the difference. I replaced all the old hooks with larger, stronger S hooks. We seem to have developed a much better strategy for the litter removal too. Instead of piling it and moving it again, this time we put it directly on a truck or in the spreader and sent it where it needed to be. I will say we need to be a little more careful loading though. We just need to be sure all the litter is getting in the truck or spreader not on the ground. We have enough trouble keeping weeds and grass under control as it is so no need to fertilize them.
Fall is definitely upon us here in Kentucky. Seems only at night though. Most days have been in the 50s and 60s. Iâ€™ve heard a lot of talk about a bad winter this year, but things are going to have to change drastically. I started replying to folks saying this toward the beginning of this month with a â€œwe will seeâ€, but lately I have been saying â€œyou do realize this is the end of Novemberâ€. Heck itâ€™s December now and itâ€™s forecasted to be 50+ degrees. Not that I am complaining. Iâ€™ll do my complaining this summer when there are tons of bugs if it doesnâ€™t get cold enough to thin them out. At any rate we have a good stock pile of firewood and papaw John (my Dad) replaced all the fire brick in the old fisher stove. Papaw as we call him around here is always working on something. My mom tells me frequently Iâ€™m just like him, I always say â€œnothing wrong with thatâ€!
Weâ€™ve had a lot of firsts this year. The farm has paid itâ€™s way entirely; Garett has his first gun, and his first bow; Garett and I have taken our first hunting trip, we were featured in a national publication, and the list just keeps going. All the children are growing like weeds! Madison has become my little beauty queen all of a sudden. She was first runner up in the Winterfest pageant and won best dress. Kaylee is still cheering for the local high school team. She sure doesnâ€™t have time for much else. Katie is with me full time now. She only goes to visit her moms side of the family.
Bj is recovering from yet another back surgery. We thought everything was good from the car accident in January, but she was troubled by the hardware they had put in. The doctors x rayed and said all was good, she could have the hardware removed. 4 weeks after the surgery to remove the hardware she was in terrible pain and knew something was wrong. X rays revealed her back was still broken. So the last surgery was to fix yet another break. The doctors went all out this time, burring her spine to get the bone they removed from her hips to fuse to the break. Please let this be the last surgery!
We finally got around to getting an equipment shed built . We also made some big improvements in the old broiler house we use as a barn. Hopefully this summer I can either build stalls in the barn or build a shed type series of independent stalls for the horses. Unfortunately with all thatâ€™s been going on Madison and I havenâ€™t been riding off the farm a single time this year. We did pick up a new trailer. Although not what I really wanted for the animals I bought a new 16ft tandem axle utility trailer with stock racks. Atleast now Iâ€™m not depending on someone else to haul whatever I may want to buy. I still plan to pick up a 16 or 18 foot stock/horse combination gooseneck trailer as soon as I can afford it.
The tractors are all holding up fairly well. I say fairly well only because the 3316 HST developed a crack in the engine block. Mahindra was right there on the warranty though. They replaced the entire engine, not just the short block. While it was in the shop I had everything serviced on it. The 7010 cab has broken the loader cable and they donâ€™t sell just the cable. Luckily for me KMW is sending me the whole unit and my dealer had a used cable to get me through til then. That will mean Iâ€™ll have an extra cable. Looking at the future of the farm I just donâ€™t see how I will not be able to trade for a larger tractor soon. The 7010 is more of a compact tractor and itâ€™s just more than it can safely handle when you put 8 or 10 tons of litter or lime behind it and try to spread in this hilly landscape. Word is the 8560 cab will be available real soon. Iâ€™ll make the 7010 work until they get the new model blues worked through. The 6000 is still the â€œproverbial bull in the china shopâ€. Itâ€™s always there to do anything that needs done, but is just too big to be much help in the poultry houses.Â Â
Well as always there is tons to do here and Iâ€™m not getting it done sitting in front of the computer so Iâ€™ll close. Be sure to check out the pics I have added. Check back frequently, Iâ€™ll be adding more pics as time allows. Thanks for reading!