Skip to main content

Barn Improvements

I've been putting off a much needed barn improvement project for a while in hopes of catching the necessary materials on sale. Specifically, high grade rubber mats for the stalls and aisle way.

image

The heavy stall mats I needed finally went on sale today so Seife & I headed into town. We will need to remove the old mats in the stalls and do some leveling of the clay floor before we put the new ones in place, as well as have some sand brought in to raise the floor level in the aisle way because we occasionally have flooding problems when it rains a lot.

Project benefits:

  • Reduce bedding costs (which are at an all time high) because rubber mats keep the bedding from being ground into the dirt/clay floor.

  • Reduce flooding problems by allowing us to raise the floor level and then protect it with the mats

  • Reduce dust issues... our barn is very, very old and the aisle way is made up of very, very old fine dusty dirt that gets on everything. This will also help keep our milking station cleaner.

  • Better footing for elderly horses and their arthritic legs.

  • A concrete aisle way isn't in the budget.


The old mats, which are actually recycled sorting machine belts from a local mine, will be moved to serve purpose in muddy areas (directly in front of and behind the barn, for example) so they will continue to be used.  The new mats are 4'x6' and can be cut as needed with a circular saw.

photo (1)

While I was there, I also got three new heated water buckets (two for the horses, one for the goats) that will hopefully encourage them to drink more water when it's freezing out. Our two horses are both retired and slacking off on water isn't good for them, and the goats need to stay hydrated to grow healthy babies in their bellies.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Team Greta

Friday, February 9th started off as a normal day in the barn, but as I was doing chores and feeding the horses and goats, I quickly suspected that Greta, one of our La Mancha goats, was showing early signs of labor. It was her due day, so I wasn't surprised.

I removed her from the herd and placed her into one of the three kidding stalls in our barn so that she could have some peace and quiet. Four hours later at 10:46am, she delivered two beautiful big twin boys. As per her normal (this is her third year with babies), she was quite proud of herself and insisted on showing them off to me nonstop.


The twins were up and wobbling around in no time and Greta was a busy mom fussing over them.

Saturday morning was uneventful and Greta and her twins were comfortable in their kidding stall, but by early afternoon, something wasn't right. Greta wasn't finishing her meals and she just seemed tired. I took her temperature at 3pm and it was normal -- 101.9 -- even though she felt a li…

Behind the scenes

If you haven't seen already, we have a YouTube channel that has been pretty active lately...











Don't forget you can subscribe to our YouTube channel and keep up with all of our new stuff and silly farm shenanigans!

2018 Goat Kids

Kidding season is here and if you are interested in a 2018 baby, this is where you will find the most up-to-date info aside from talking with us directly.

We do not sell babies to single goat homes. Goats are herd animals and need to be with at least one other goat. Buyers must already have a goat, be in the process of buying a second goat (baby or adult) or buy two of ours at once.

All of our babies are disbudded, CD&T vaccinated, and come from a CLOSED CAE NEGATIVE herd.

PLEASE NOTE: Expected wean dates listed below are approximate!

We take deposits for babies on a first come, first served basis. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for information pertaining to each dam and sire. If you have any questions, please email thefarm@beamansfork.com or call/text 252-349-0004

↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓


2018 Kidding Season$50 nonrefundable deposit to hold - Click photo to enlarge
DAM x SIREBREEDKIDDING DATEBOYSGIRLSMatilda x Tick100% Lamancha1-28-2018

(Expected wean date…