Sunday, June 5, 2011

Projects, and the results of a large wind.

Hi all,
  We have been busy around here, but I guess that's nothing new!

 Wednesday morning we got all of the cows and calves into the corral, then after allowing the cows to go back out of the pens, we tagged all of the calves that we hadn't got tagged earlier. After letting the bigger calves back out with the cows, and putting the small ones in a trailer, we opened the fence and started walking the herd up to the pasture.  First the cows thought they had to stop in the alfalfa field and have their breakfast, but we did manage to get them moving after a couple of minutes...  We did get them up to the pasture without too much trouble, except for getting three different "vehicles" stuck... (One of the four wheelers, Jacob's dirt bike, and some friends who were helping us got their Polaris Ranger stuck too...) Unfortunately, we don't have any pictures, as we were too busy chasing cows to take time to take pictures...

 We have also recently gotten around to bagging up some of our wheat for sale, both in 50 Lb bags, and in 10 Lb bags...

Now I need to work on updating our farm's website, to reflect the availability of our wheat. Anybody need some wheat?

 Here is a picture of another of my recent projects:

The engine finally went out on my John Deere garden tractor sometime last fall, so I decided to put in a remanufactured engine. Here you can see me working up the garden with it:

I am still working on breaking in the engine, so haven't put the hood back on yet. :-)

Here is a picture of me and a lamp that was given to us because it wasn't working... Dad and I took it apart, and I was able to get it working again. It only needed a little bit of soldering on a circuit board inside, as one of the solder connections was bad...

I was going to post some pictures of the damage after a large thunderstorm/windstorm that came tearing through the Kintyre area early Friday morning, but I guess that will have to wait till I get more time. Right now I need to go help dad work on an old plow that we are going to use to plant a bunch of potatoes in the field this afternoon...

 Andrew B.


Patrick said...

Hi Andrew,Thanks for your ideas on the chainsaw, it's just a cheap Poulin Pro, so who knows what could be wrong with it. It started giving us trouble the day after we got it:(
Does your tiller run off a PTO on that little garden tractor? That must be a handy way of doing it!

Anonymous said...

Hey Andrew,

You guys seems like you have been really busy on your farm lately. I'm glad you got your tractor up and running (where's the mower deck! :) ). I also glad to hear that your farm wasn't badly damaged in the windstorm you had recently. This has certainly been a strange year for storms.

Hope you and your family are doing well. By the way, I think I read somewhere on your blog (or maybe it was your sisters blog, I'm not sure) that you have an ipod touch. Perhaps we could chat sometime (I have one too). I know this is a very busy time of year, but let me know what you think.

God Bless,

Unknown said...

Thanks for the comments! It is always fun to hear from my readers. :-)
Patrick, the tiller is belt driven from a pulley on the back of the tractor; it's called a PTO, but not in the sense used with larger tractors... :-)
Josh, I leave the mower deck off while I am tilling in the garden, or else it drags in the dirt... ;-) Se my next post for a picture of it all put back together with the deck on...
Actually there are a couple of iTouches around here... I have one, my brother has one, and my Mom has one. :-) Leave me a comment with your e-mail address (I won't post it), then I can write you that way... ;-)
Andrew B.