Today was full on. We arrived around 9:00 am and waited for the farmer to come up from milking. We chatted for a short while as he ate his breakfast and had his coffee, then drove down to the lower part of the farm to see what Owner wanted us to do. The plan for the day was what we were supposed to have started yesterday (it got postponed because of the broken farm equipment): building a drain out of old tires.
The property has several springs on it that burble out of the ground with fresh, clean water. This water is cleaner than the stuff that comes out of the pipes in the house. The problem is that at one point someone (clearly related to current Owner) put a concrete slab in, in an attempt to allow better drainage (or something). That concrete slab broke and plugged up the whole area and caused the water level to rise – turning several paddocks into swampland. The current Owner has devised a NEW plan (much better than the old plans). He has dug a trench (presumably with the tractor) and built a drain pipe out of old car tires that he gets for free or cheap from the tire shops in town. Our job today was to move tires around. We went with the farmer to pick up tires in the trailer, then put them on the ground near the trench, then handed appropriately sized ones down to Owner as he built the tube-o-tires. Once that pile of tires was used up (or all the good ones anyway), we were off again to another stash of tires to pick through and find the appropriate size (14″ and 15″ were the ones he wanted). Lather, rinse, repeat. We managed to snag 15 minutes for lunch while the truck was being gassed up, and then we were back to work. Before we knew it, it was time for the afternoon milking. We took a quick break to hydrate and sit, and then it was off to fetch the cows.
After milking we drafted off two of the more lame cows to keep in the lower paddock. The one we patched up yesterday, and another one who looked like she was coming lame (and is still a mega producer). The rest of the herd went up the hill and across the road to an upper paddock where the pasture is actually quite lush in spite of the summer long drought. Tomorrow we will be doing the morning milking again and working through the afternoon milking. Tomorrow will be a 12 hour day. Tomorrow I might not be able to post. However, the farmer told us that we get the weekend off, so I should be able to catch everyone up then. Now for sleep, to sleep perchance to dream…..