Just Another Day on the Farm

Saturday's around here are normally a little hectic. After the long week trying to juggle our outside jobs and the day to day chores around the farm we all look forward to "really" getting something done on Saturday. This Saturday was nothing different, except that we offered to host a FFA group to come and spend a few hours with us.

At first, it was about 15 students that had signed up to attend so we planned on gathering and washing eggs, bringing the lambs in for a foot trim and maybe do a little cleaning up. That should entertain about 15 students for a few hours. Well, we ended up standing in our driveway with over 40 students and several parents wondering what exciting things we had planned for them. Ok... change of plans. We all piled in to our vehicles and traveled a few miles up the road to our Ophir ranch where there is much more room and many more options to choose from.

With some anticipation of a truck and trailer load of hay coming some time soon to fill our barn for the winter, our son Matt showed some of them how to stack our unsightly stack of hay up right in the barn. The kids in shorts stood off on the side lines - pants are more suited for hay bucking. The rest of us wandered off to gather up the ewes in the front pasture. Checking the fence line on the way for any excape routes, the border collies spotted the sheep and they started to gather them in to a nice little group. The dogs do most of the work, but the kids were good about following behind them to make sure they went where we wanted them to.

Next was to gather them in to an area for a quick foot check. I have been bad about checking their feet lately due to lack of time, and this was a good time to catch them and do a good trim. We had a few members that handled the animals and got them in to the turn table. I forgot my head gate, so needed to rely on one of the kids to act as a linebacker and stop the animal from running all the way through. He did a wonderful job! Next we explained the foot trimming proceedure. Several kids jumped right in and helped, and some were a bit leary about hurting the sheep.

Once they watched and saw that it was nothing more than trimming their own nails, a few gave it a try and succeeded!

We didn't get them all trimmed up, but certainly put a dent in the day.

Next we were off to pick some pears. This ranch used to be a pear orchard before the cattle grazed it, and there are several old fruit trees that are still producing fruit. Picked a nice bucket of pears, and ate quite a few along the way. A nice way to end the day with a fresh pear in your hand.

Once we had everyone with their ride home, I went back to gather eggs and care for the chickens. Got about 200 eggs collected and received a phone call that Keith had been stung by bees an was all swollen. Poor guy - he is allergic to bees, so I hurried back to the ranch. While mowing, he hit a yellow jacket nest and they went after him full force.

Had stings on the back of his neck and all over his face. While swatting at the bees he broke his glasses, and I think he was more frustrated than anything. Got him taken care of then received a phone call that our hay was coming. Oh my!
Luckily the kids had moved most of the hay in the barn - only to have the delivery guy want to remove it and put it off to the side. At least it was in a nice pile! Had a heck of a time getting all of the hay in the barn, so we will be hand stacking those bales that wouldn't fit inside this week. Think we will wait until it cools off a bit. Weather forcast is calling for mid 90's most of the week, and it is simply uncomfortable stacking hay in the heat.

Another day at the farm!

4 comments (Add your own)

1. Sarahi wrote:
Nope Janice it is not a bad thing and by the weekend I will be with you winishg the same thing even more than I am now. At least you are not alone. The only bad thing which is actually pretty major is that it is going to be one heck of a teeny wait. And I know, those dang flowers stole the show, but they are cute all happy out there. I took that picture about 4 years ago and the barn kind of got lost waaaaaaaaaaaay back there Makes sense to love the flowers, you can see THEM!

Fri, May 4, 2012 @ 11:29 PM

2. Ikhsan wrote:
Kris - These pic's are incredible such dietal & clarity! Love every single one the flowers, beer on ice, tops of the wine, flag, signs you captured the entire feel of their magical day you can photograph anything and make it amazing!!!

Sat, May 5, 2012 @ 1:24 AM

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