Thursday, October 3, 2013

Barely treading water, but still breathing air.

I have not forgotten my closest friends or fortheloveofbeef readers.  However with the move and my new responsibilities at the feedyard I have taken a break from my nightly blog writing.

However I am checking in with an update from the yard.  Jake and I have been in Nebraska for just over 60 days.  Jake averages 14 hour days and hasn't taken a day off since we've got here.

He has been busy finishing our home that we were supposed to move into in June, but just got into a couple weeks ago.  It has been less than a pleasant experience building with "this" company.

Jake has been on the front lines of the EQIP project that will make 4+ Feeders DEQ permitted and meet all environmental standards by the end of the year. This will make our permit without condition for the first time since we purchased it and probably sometime before that.  There has been a lot of dirt moved and although Jake new what was involved with the project, I will say I was a bit naive about the entire thing.  Lately with all the rain we have been getting (that I have been quietly complaining about, away from the crop farmers, who are in the midst of a drought), we have found pumping water a hobby. Then it rains again and we pump more water.

Once it's dry again, they move more dirt.  Then it rains and the process continues.

The dirt should all be moved in two to three weeks, depending on the weather.

More recently we have started storing feed for the winter.  Last week we started taking high moisture corn, grinding, piling and packing what will hopefully be about 45,000 bushels into a pile.

The pile starts like this.  This is our Corgi Jag. He just waits by the corn pile for the next truck driver to pull up, because they pet him.

Then the pile grows and . . .

and grows.

We also are storing away some extra roughage in the form of cobs.

We spend most days moving cattle, corn, cobs, fence, water or dirt and sometimes all of the above.

Jake says he can't wait for spring.


  1. Wow! Lots of water... Wish you could send a little rain our way! :)

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