Mar 25, 2011

"Move 'em on, Head 'em out...!"
Part I

When this....
starts to melt away to this....
it's time to
'take out the cows'.
Moving out a tractor from
the main haybarn
this Spring.
Putting away the haywagon
in the extension wing of the haybarn
last Autumn.
The farm vehicles that were put "under roof" so carefully last Autumn must be rearranged. 
We have to make an outdoor pen for the animals that were housed for the winter in the ungdjursstall (young animals' barn).
This is done in preparation for the start of the calving season in late March,
when some of the young animal stalls are needed as "maternity wards" for the pregnant mothers approaching delivery.

Last year with Manny on his mission and Pappa away,  Gustav and I were on our own and had to borrow the metal gates to make the pen. 
The bulk of it fell to Gustav who loaded the gates up on the trailer,
hauled them home, unloaded them and set them up.

 It also goes without saying that he was the 'lucky winner' who got to struggle each one of the young heifers and bulls out until they were all safely corraled in their temporary apartment.
No wonder the picture was blurry!

But this year we had our own brand new set of gates to use
 Maxie and Pappa to help.
Good news for us!

First on the list was getting out the tractors and some of the other smaller implements.
Then the big combine had to be moved from one side to the other to make the end-of-season woodbags more accessible.
Pappa did the driving on that one.
Enlarge this and look at his face....
do you think he enjoyed it?

Maxie carried over two pallets, and step-by-step,
the Three Amigos moved this dry manure spreader sideways from one pallet to another, then repeated the process until it was lined up and in position,

and finally pushed the last few meters in using the forklift and a log. 
Such good work.

Just so you know how efficient these men of ours were that day..
I ran into the house to get new batteries for my camera,
ran back,
and the "Bovine Biltmore" was totally set up already.
The gates were connected, the feeder was erected and the bale was inserted.
Ready to go! 

No comments: