Monday, October 31, 2011

Family Farming

We have had an extremely  busy fall on our farm.  With the weather being so dry, we have gone from chopping silage to combining beans, then into combining corn and now doing tillage work. between all of that we have managed to clean pens and get ready for new calves to come in.  It is a crazy time of year, but we wouldn't trade it for anything else.

Roger made a trip to North Dakota last week Thursday to be there to load trucks with new calves on Friday morning.  We got in 2 loads of new calves on Friday night, 2 loads on Saturday morning, and 2 more loads on Monday morning.  There were a lot of little babies missing their the whole neighborhood could hear!  I think this is the first year that we have gotten in new calves that we haven't had cold weather or ice/snow to welcome them.

New babies!
Since corn harvest is all done for us, it has been time to bale cornstalks for bedding this winter, pick up those bales from the fields and do tillage work.  We never quite know when the weather is going to change so we all pitch in and work hard to get those jobs done.

Saturday, I made a parts run for Roger in the morning, and ran the disc ripper in the field on Saturday afternoon.  It wasn't too bad of a job to have for the afternoon.  The tractor has auto-steer in it.  So, I just had to lift the ripper on the ends and turn around.  Having me in the tractor freed up Roger to help Jacob pick up bales and haul manure.

It was actually a great day to be out in the field!  Since I have a full time job now, I don't get to help as much as I would like, but I pitch in whenever I can.  I was able to take a couple of pictures while I was disc ripping since I didn't have to steer through the field. 

We just have a couple of fields left to do tillage on, and we can wrap things up for the winter.  All of our manure is hauled for now, and as of today, the cornstalk bales are picked up and hauled home.

There are a never ending list of things to do on our farm every day.  But...we love that we can all pitch in and work together to get those things done!  I means that we get to spend our family time doing what we love....farming!