Life on a family farm
in the wilds of
Upstate New York
Sunday, January 05, 2014
It was supposed to get to twenty plus yesterday. Didn't. Below zero again last night, with a nice, bright, crisp, cold as heck morning again today. I dread to hear the barn report on this my morning off....at least in theory and at least so far. Last night just heaped disaster upon disaster. The whole family was here, which was nice, in laws, out laws, future daughter-in-law, lots of lovable folks eager to help.
And a darned good thing. First I went out to the milkhouse to turn the compressor on to cool the milk. Tanker picked up yesterday. I don't turn it on until there is some milk in there so it doesn't freeze the milk. There was this awful gurgling sound and the receiving jar was full of wildly sloshing milk. Transfer pump had stb. Called men, who spelunked around and found some fuses blown. Boss got a heck of a shock, but they got it fixed. Then one of the new heifers got down in her stall and had to be helped out from under the divider and a pallet installed to keep her where she belongs. Alan got pinned by another heifer during the installation. And that was how it was all night. Couldn't wait to get to the house, but eventually we did, and had a nice evening watching a movie together.
Freezing rain next on the agenda, or so they say. Stay warm.