Wow! It's Thanksgiving weekend. I can't believe that we have gone through 2016. Its been eventful at our home, not horrible events just a lot going on.
'The Farmer' had surgery in April, which went well but we would head out early 2 times a week to go to see his physiotherapist. He could go on his own after 6 weeks, but it was just as easy to drop him off and do a few groceries and pick him up. (It wasn't so great when he booked a few on a Monday morning, my day off!)
We had one little vacation, which got shortened when I popped a rib in my back, sending us home early and I spent a week visiting our Chiropractor to sort this out. (It was as painful as childbirth!) Every other opportunity to get away was spent dealing with something happening at home, day trips to find equipment, following big equipment when it moved from farm to farm.
The weather was a huge factor as crops suffered through the worst drought conditions we have ever seen. They did produce it's just that everything was early and ready all at once. Farmers in the area struggled to get enough hay to feed animals, we were fortunate to have had enough to sell to some, we could have sold much more if we had it.
The Farm also does Custom Work, they head off with the big equipment and fill silos, and fill bags with hay and corn. This year they had many more jobs as feed was scarce and some farmers faced cutting corn early as hay was not available.
Then one well went dry and this week the main well for the barn and the farm house is completely dry! Finding enough water daily to feed and clean the cows and the milking system is taking up much of everyone's time.
It's hard to describe why they choose this profession! When I questioned my 60 plus Farmer why he would take on another custom job his response was:
'If I don't do it John's cows won't have feed this winter!'
If we don't do it who will?