Last week we attended the Knox County Fair. Isaac and Walker each took a market beef feeder and a Miniature Hereford heifer.
Fair week is always busy and exhausting. The last several years have been so hot, that we spend most of our energy just trying to keep people and animals from having heat strokes. Fortunately, the weather this year was much more mild and comfortable.
We woke up last Saturday morning to the pound of rain on the roof and the weather warning radio going off. There were severe thunderstorm warnings and even some tornado warnings in the area. It wasn't until the 60 mph wind and hail warning came across that Daniel bounded out of bed. The truck and trailer were all hooked up to haul animals in to the fair. He ran up to the barn to unhook the truck and put it in the barn.
He got the truck unhooked and backed into the barn, but not before the deluge of rain began. By the time he made it back to the house, he was dripping all over the floor, but he still had a smile on his face, It was going to be the start of an interesting day.
Summer may be full of balmy temperatures, but it never fails that fair week brings to most intense heat of the summer.
Last year the heat was almost unbearable. The barn was full of animals, but you were hard pressed to find a human under that hot roof.
As farmer's, it is our responsibility to make sure that our animals are as comfortable as possible.
With barn temperatures over 100 degrees, we were getting desperate. If we were hot and sweaty, can you imagine how hot a large hairy animal is?
We offered water at least once an hour, but we knew we needed to do something more.
Daniel came up with an easy and affordable solution.
He made his very own hillbilly misting fan.
Fifteen years ago, yesterday, Daniel and I became parents.
In some ways it seems like just yesterday, and in other ways it feels like I have been a mom for forever.
As I did with Walker just a few weeks ago, I decided to ask Isaac a few questions about life.
Insert teenage attitude (he really isn't that bad...just has his moments)...
The middle of July...
How did that happen?
The summer has gone so quickly...
And it will be over before we know it.
All lot has been accomplished.
Hello! I am Heather... the city girl turned mom to manure loving country boys. My husband and I both grew up in the city, but spent weekends visiting grandparents in the country. We are first generation farmers who learn best by almost always doing things the hard way. I hope you enjoy following along with our adventures down on the farm.