|The thing on the floor at front is the cream separator|
|Cows coming home- day one|
|That first one is the one I chased through the village two years ago!|
On Tuesday I brought lunch out to the field Garry and Maxim were working in spreading fertilizer. You may remember that a new fertilizer spreader was purchased this year, so they didn't have to borrow and try to get one working properly. The idea was to spread some fertilizer, then cultivate again, and the put the rest of the fertilizer on while planting on Friday and Saturday.
I thought I would drive the way I knew best, with the nice meat pie I had made them; but it turned out there were a few detours around a flooded part of the road- I got to drive uphill onto the edge of someone's wheat field, following someone's tracks, of course, and around some fallen trees. There were a number of water birds enjoying what used to be the road when I drove up, but they flew off across one of the ponds.
|The road is underwater by the pond|
|Birds landing on the other side|
|Garry and Maxim posing for a photo before lunch|
|Off with another 400 kilo to spread (with GPS too, no waste)|
New flail chopper delivery
Wednesday morning at 8 am the shiny new flail chopper (it will direct cut for feeding fresh, green-chopped feed for the cows, plus can be used to mow down hay) that was ordered from Kiev on Monday morning arrived at the farm. Here are some photos of the unloading. This is one of the things that they saw at the farm show in Kiev in February and had been talking to the company about buying. Cash on delivery, we didn't have to pay at the bank this time. The company will send someone out to assist the first time we use it- maybe next week, the alfalfa is a foot high already, and the corn silage is about gone (all fed).
|They pulled it behind this van from Kiev|
|Its Russian (they have a plant in Winnipeg)|
|Unloading it with the neighbor's loader|
Waiting for rain
Garry spent the day cultivating on Wednesday, he came in after 8 pm with his face black from dirt. He said the students helping with milking had laughed when he came in to breed a cow, and he knew why when he looked in the mirror. Victor had people on a Mennonite tour that had arrived that afternoon to stay at our "B and B" until Saturday, they got see a little farm life too. Thursday we went on a trip with Masha to buy semen to breed cows from a new place, I'll do a post about it soon. By Saturday everything was planted and now we can wait for rain so everything grows!
|Garry fixing up the planter on Friday morning|