Every night while it’s cold, Hubby needs to make sure the tractor that he uses at the farm for feeding is plugged in. Over the weekend we were going out but did a quick swing into the farm to make sure he had remembered to plug it in.
For those of you who are farm or mechanical savvy, there is a heater on the tractor motor that is ran via electricity. In the really cold, the motor won’t start unless the tractor is warm. To warm the motor, the tractor has to be plugged in. Recently we’ve had a warmer stretch of weather but it’s still below freezing every night.
If the tractor doesn’t start, he can’t feed the cattle.
Anyway, we stopped by to make sure it was plugged in. While there I snapped a few photos and asked a few questions thinking I’d write a blog post about the farm.
Typically when I write about the bunker of silage, I write about it in the summer when they are filling it and Hubby is doing this…Packing down the silage during harvest.
I’ve never shown a picture of what the bunker looks like at this time of year. It’s emptying out.
There is more feed in the silo so there’s no worry that there isn’t enough feed for the cattle, but the bunker is emptying out.
Growing up on the farm, our kids loved an empty bunker. They would roller skate or play tennis against the high walls.
The cattle are doing pretty good. The struggle when temperatures fluctuate from going above freezing to below freezing. They actually do best when temperatures stay in the teens above zero. This batch will be going to market soon.
This is a pen that’s been at the farm about two months. I talked with Hubby about rate of gain and what they like to see. He said that they like to see them gain just over 3 pounds a day or at least 100 pounds a month. These came in as 300 pound calves and have worked their way up to about 500 pounds.
Cattle are ready for market at about 1300 pounds. Previously they liked higher weights…they’ve gotten so they like lighter weights now.
The majority of these will eventually end up at the packing house in Green Bay Wisconsin. That’s about the best place in the area for Holstein cattle for the best prices.
At this time of year, most of Hubby’s time is spent with the cattle. There is some time working on equipment and getting ready for spring planting but a lot of time is spent scraping manure and cleaning the pens.
I like this time of year…I see Hubby a whole lot more. I need to treasure this next six weeks because after that…He’ll be back to working lots of overtime again.
5 thoughts on “On the Farm”
i love reading your posts. I have learned so much about farm life, which is completely foreign to me. I grew up as an urban Canadian and now I live in California. Thanks for sharing your life.
Lots of cattle in Texas, but we don’t own any, so don’t know as much as you do about them!
The joys of farm life!! I’m glad we aren’t running cattle on the farm any more…just the occasional steer that ends up in our freezer. We just grow hay and sometimes wheat…enough work for my hubby by himself while also running a farm implement business. I know what you mean by enjoying now…when the farmers start planting hubby’s business goes crazy and he is working 12-16 hours a day 6-7 days a week from about April through September, then it goes back to 10 hours a day 5-6 days a week! Enjoy your next few weeks with your hubby and get out to an auction before he goes back to crazy time.
I enjoy reading about and learning of different life styles. My entire life has been spent living within the city limits. Both my parents worked in factories. Most of my working life has been in different offices with a short stint as a factory worker. Thanks for sharing
Hi Jo. I always enjoy your blogs about farm life. It gives me an appreciation for all the work others do so I have food for the table each night. Hats off to Hubby for his hard work!