The snow must go on!

Welcome to Fridays in Farmland!

This week’s  four letter Farm word is  S-N-O-W.  While our neighbors in town enjoyed several snow days, the show must go on for cattlemen and road crews.

Boss Man woke me this morning in the four o’clock hour…at least that is what I think I heard him say..I mostly ignored what he was saying and rolled over for more sleep.  I did remember why he was up, the cattle needed to be brought in from the wheat pasture.

*wheat pasture : farm ground that is planted to wheat can be grazed for several months with minimal damage to crop yield if you remove the cattle soon enough…soon enough is an ambiguous time frame of the wheat plant’s stage of growth.

county road crews refueling at the co-op

This critical time period is predicted to arrive on our farm in the next few weeks…so the cattle must be moved off the ground…the two feet of melting snow-sloppy-muddy-ground. Wise Boss Man made a plan…start moving cattle before the ground thawed…AKA as soon as the sun is up…which is why he was up hours earlier than the girls and me….FYI: if he needed or wanted my help with two little ones in tow I would have jumped up with a smile on my face.

 

The only vehicles I encountered on my way to a play date the morning after the blizzard..until I made it to the US Highway.

Now, I wish I had pictures for you of this process but I had a meeting in town an hour after the moving was slated to begin…but being the dedicated farm wife I am….I called after the work was over and asked how the plan worked. A certain humorous cowboy seems to think I have a knack for this sort of timing.

Look at that smile…one more job that keeps the agriculture live moving..road crews! Farm to Fork food production requires roads!

Me:  “Hi, how did it go? The temperature is below freezing and the sun is hiding behind the clouds to keep your ground frozen. (Yes, I almost always follow-up my questions with statements before giving anybody a chance to answer…awkward, I know.)

Boss Man:  “Barton One did not freeze the panels were set out by the trees. The semi got stuck several times and we had to use the tractor. Then we moved the panels to Barton Six, it was frozen and just loaded the last steer in the truck”

Me: “OK, we will catch up with you later. Bye Handsome!”

Boss Man: “Bye Honey!”

Oil lease roads need to be cleared, too! One more industry strongly tied to agriculture.

I realize that his short story is full of visual images for me and blank stares from you…I will try to explain:

The cattle panels were set out yesterday on on quarter of ground near a shelter belt….and it was the shelter belt that created the problem…the ground did not freeze.

*Quarter: 1/4 section of ground:160 acres

*acre is roughly a football field minus the endzones

*Cattle Panels: a series of metal panels that make a corral and a loading chute

*Shelter belts: a row of trees (sometimes several trees deep) that provide a wind break and habitat for wild life and they some how keep the ground warmer over night.

The short story (I always get a short story on the phone from Boss Man and I on the other hand can take a one minute conversation and retell it in now shorter than five hundred words):  The semi truck was stuck multiple times….{Which means he fed the cattle at the feed lot…fed the cattle in the pastures…met with the rest of our team and met them at Barton One (a specific quarter of ground on our farm) which happens to be on a US Highway.  One of the guys drove a semit-truck with a cattle pot. }

*cattle pot: a semi-trailer used for hauling cattle or hogs

and rescued by the tractor each time…{someone had to drive back to the feedlot and return with a tractor…attach a chain and pull the semi out of the mud…multiple times.. I did not ask how many but from experience I know this meant more than desired.}

The cattle made it back to the feedlot and the panels were moved to the next pasture and the cattle were loaded with no problem as the ground was in the open and frozen.

The job is done and it is time to feed the cattle for a second time…and time for me to put the girls to nap.   Maybe one of these days I will have actually farm photography to accompany my story….in the mean time I have started a Farm Word Dictionary page here.

Talk to you soon!

Amber

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Krystal Kuykendall says:

    May I say, I am just loving fridays in framland!! :)

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