Thursday, March 15, 2012

working boy

Ben finished turning out bulls with the momma cows last week. We are enjoying pretty wonderful weather lately and are really only feeding a few groups of cows now. Grass is green and there is a lot of it for mid-March. Bart is in high gear cleaning out litter from chicken houses and getting it spread on pastures and hayfields.
Believe it or not, as of yesterday we still did not have our yard repaired from the tornadoes on April 27, last year! We lost about 1,000 years worth of trees in one morning. So, today was the day to clean up stump holes, sow grass, and move part of an old fence. I had to post some pictures of my hardworking kids -
How about those winter tans?! We were dragging the newly tilled yard. Going VERY slowly with LK on board. The rest of the pictures are of Jack helping Ben pull up posts from an old fence (btw, he is 4!).
He stood at the fence and was yelling at the cows - "What are you doing Jack?"
"Trying to scare the cows." *YELL*
"O YEAH, that sounds scary, I think they are scared."
"No they are not, they're not shivering."
Well, I guess that's something we can work on. <

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

road trip

We took a road trip this week in search of one of these -
We'll use it to apply fertilizer and crop protection products to corn, soybeans, wheat, and pastures. We found just what we were looking for in Dale, Illinois. Ben had found several sprayers on TractorHouse that we were prepared to travel and look at. Luckily, we found this one at our second stop. Jack liked our first stop because it had a basketball goal. These were his rules, "You start on first base and I will be at second base, then I say go and kick it and then you chase me and then tackle me." So I guess he was glad there was a basketball, nevermind the goal.
Notice the Dixon Farms truck behind him! Our second stop was a great family farm about 70 miles into Illinois. Jack met Weston who's grandpa sold us the sprayer. They had a great time. Apparently Illinois farmboys play just about like Alabama farmboys - hammer and nails, rock piles, mud, etc. So, we found a good sprayer, just what Ben was looking for. Now we just have to get it home... Wish we could have picked this up too -