The long fall ended with a storm on November 18th that bowed the bushes over under the snow weight and sent the farm into power outage from noon until ten the next day. Somehow, on this kind of farm, we are never quite ready for the end of season even though we know we are pushing it. Always there are two or three things that really should be done first and so it goes. So the storm interrupted Josh and Cindy's first wintertime convention in the Twin Cities, making them late as they pushed to keep animals reasonably warm and watered by use of the stand by generator.
So we have a few things yet to do. Today the cattle went into winter lots and the hay feeding rings until we can get the last of the bedding bales home next week, allowing them access to what they can find of the crop residues. Meanwhile pigs are being weaned today and moved out from farrowing so that can be cleaned for the next batch of sows. Tomorrow we must turn off the pasture water at the curb stops. And, we get to throw the switch turning on the array of solar panels, at long last. We eagerly look forward to it!
Around here, you could often be tired, but never bored! We wish you all a Merry Christmas and much good time with family and friends!