I was settled in yesterday morning, coffee in hand, still in pj's, ready to build a fire when Bruce called with the news that we were supposed to get from 5 - 7 inches of snow and could I help clean cattle yards.
RATS! No lazing around, instead I donned my clothes, quickly fed the horses and went over to mount my trusty Mustang skid loader. My job was to clean the three bay loafing pens and even though I've done it for 20 years, I still duck when driving the skid loader inside, it seem so low.
My manure pile grows as I drag the dirty bedding out and push it into the alley.
Bruce is cleaning another yard, he drives by with a Big Load.
My pile grows as I finish with the third pen.
The challenge is to get this big bale of corn bedding into the yard and bed the pens without the cows coming in to 'help.'
Oh, Oh, Busted!
Luckily the cows were not overly hungry and left me alone.....
....I rolled out the bedding....
....and filled each pen. You would think the cows would appreciate a nice clean bed, wouldn't you?
But N-O-O-O-O, it takes an average of 2.7 seconds for the first cow to make a big, sloppy, smelly deposit. You would think they could do that outside.
Bruce brought more corn stalk bales in for the feeders.
My job is to cut and pull off the net wrap...
...before he dumps them in the feeder, this one was very fluffy and covered me with dust and shucks. I quickly covered my camera to protect it but my coat was not so lucky and I sneezed the rest of the day.
The girls weren't all that thrilled about getting corn stalks for dinner.
Murphy is intently watching for rabbits.
There has to be some rabbits in here somewhere!
After the cold and exercise, food and booze, I'm not sure we will make it though the Superbowl but I can always watch the commercials tomorrow on the internet.
That and the food is the only reason I do Superbowl.
What did you have for your party?