Spring = Crazy

Early morning sun-dog

It has started.

Spring, with all of it’s craziness,  and never ending to-do lists, means late nights on top of  early mornings.

With the arrival of 17 Black Angus cows that I will be boarding for a local neighbor,  and the implementation of my Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) grazing plan, something I began in October 2010, I am spending hours managing our new “grass munchers”. This means moving lots of small, one acre paddocks, building loads of new fence, installing yards of waterline and lugging in 100-gallon water tubs. I have the Angus divided into 2 herds and they stay in each paddock for just a few days.

Watching for new calves seems to be a favorite pass-time. <insert calf video here>

The grass is also in “crazy” mode, growing fast and long, which means haying season will start any day now. My neighbor and friend Nate Smith, a top notch welder, spent an afternoon repairing my hay elevator and other welding jobs around the farm.

Nate welding the delicate steel of the hay elevator.

Nate welded a hook on the grapple of the log loader…to facilitate lifting.

I am adding gate hooks to posts in the barn….

These gates I can swing around to make pens or cattle chutes.

Between the on-farm sawing jobs like clapboards for the Birdsalls as well as lumber for the new farmstand and lumber shed, the sawmill has been busy with off-farm custom sawing jobs as well.

My man Stan, working the saw on the Hardwick/Cabot line on Coits Pond Rd

My man Stan, working the saw on the Hardwick/Cabot line on Coits Pond Rd

We also acquired a neighbor’s flock of layers, which will be in addition to the meat birds coming next month. I gave them the old garden space below the house which is filled with mint, grass, and dandelions and in return, we get a few good eggs everyday.  Their soft clucks have added to the soothing evening sounds of the chirping frogs, the clunking of the American Bittern, and the “woowoowoo” of the Woodcock…

…which my friend describes as sounding like Curly from The Three Stooges. Oh well.

View of the fields from the top of the road


One response to “Spring = Crazy

  1. Pingback: Flowerpot, Torque Wrench, and Timing….(more skill set improvement) | Catamount Aviation & Under Orion Farm·

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