Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Weekend Work

We brought a new cow from a good friend a couple weeks ago.




Meet Rondell. She was shown as a yearling and did quite well. Jessie was impressed that she walked off the trailer nice and calm and Jason led her around, set her up and walked her before putting her in the pasture. I think she is campaining to show her this winter. But that is not an option - she is too old:)

But.....she is not bred, and we certainly don't want her being bred now - I'm not into having calves being born in August.



So the plan was to move the bull into his own little pasture - specifically so he would have the run in shed that the horses have used. But, it needed some work:



This picture was taken before we did anything - all those boards the horses have pushed off over the years. So we got some new rough cut boards from the Amish sawmill, and we got busy Saturday afternoon. Then I left to take the kids trick or treating and Todd kept working. By Sunday morning we were ready to put the siding back on with the new siding:




We also put kicker boards up inside that are 3 feet high on all 3 sides of the shed. This way, the bull and the horses cannot kick off the siding boards - the kicker boards are 2 1/2 inch thick oak boards.

Now we just have to put 1 fence up and the bull can live here quite comforatbly, once we bed it up with straw.

6 comments:

Shorty said...

I wouldn't mind hammering on a barn right now...

If you'll excuse me, I've got more boring reports to print. But I'll fantasize about your chores while I wait...

Thanks for the mental break, my friend! : )

Patty said...

I love the before and after!

Kristie said...

Nice looking cow! Looks like you all did a great job on the shed. We had to do some repair work on one of the horse stalls yesterday. Farm work is never done...
Kristie

Granny Lyn said...

Too bad Jessie can't show her, she has a perfect personality for it!!

your work on the farm goes on and on, doesn't it?

Gina said...

Love the cow. Good work on the shed. How did it manage to stand up on it's own in the before photo

Love and hugs Gina xxx

scrappy quilter said...

Beautiful cow. And what a difference from before and after. Great job!!