The E. brothers, Dave, Mike, and Terry, as well as their dad, "Grandpa" E., were out checking on the cattle this week. On Friday Rover and Rufus started barking at the farm machinery coming down the road. It is all too common for them to bark so I thought nothing of it, until I looked out in the field to see Mike on the large John Deere with a "soil finisher" attachment on it.
|a beautiful, finished field|
|our family prefers "red" to "green"|
This attachment has a trio of tools that help prepare the soil for planting. The discs are first, which turn the soil over, then comes the second piece-- it looks like an arrow with its head bent back toward the tractor. This part works a bit like a plow, slicing through the dirt, cutting up any chunks the disc left behind. The final piece is the rake, which levels out any high places, kind of the way a comb goes through your hair.
|the soil finisher attachment|
This morning Dave and Terry came up the drive with a trailer behind, which means more cattle. Sure enough, another cow and calf have come to "summer" with us. The mother high-tailed it for the barn when she was unloaded, leaving her calf behind to fend for himself. He even tried to follow Terry out of the gate when he went to close it.
After a couple minutes Dave and Terry decided to "encourage" the mother to find her calf. Terry went into the barn and shooed the cows and calves out and within moments the new mother was calling to her calf.
|cleaned and ready for ducks|
|we put the dog kennel across the back of the truck|
and moved it over to the chicken coop
Enjoy the pictures... sending love and spring kisses from the farm.
|nestling into their new home.|
|Our family has always had chickens...|
it's even part of our farm logo