However, when we arrived to watch them weigh the truck, the lady told Garry that one of the heifers was limping and maybe we did not want to take her. After we had some tea, coffee and cookies, the truck arrived, so they weighed the truck empty and we went to see the heifers.
|Garry said the heifers were tied up in the winter milking barn when he choose|
them on Wednesday- see the gutter cleaner for manure behind him and the
small water trough in front near where the cows are tied all winter
|looking over the heifers|
|Da-Vie, Da-Vie, (go ,go) they would say as they urged them forward.|
|Look at those shoes... I mean plastic sandals... looks a little messy|
|they put a rope on the last couple and pulled and pushed to get them up|
|Last one is on the truck!|
|weighing the truck- the heifers were bigger than Garry expected|
|Going to the office to pay|
|Garry has a bag of money - he paid by the total kilograms|
|Then we followed the truck slowly through the city and beyond|
They decided it would work best to let the heifers off on level ground, so the trucker backed up to a pile of dirt. We had lots of help, all the boys that had been hired for the day to stack straw bales (including three Andrei- s) and did not have much trouble getting them in the corral with the other big heifers already there.
|help everywhere (and two shirtless Andrei-s)|
|who wants to get off the truck (easier than getting them on!)|
|making new friends|
|lots of running around inside the fence|
|discussing mileage with the trucker (he and Garry disagreed but|
Garry had set it on the car as we left and it had been 120 kms- x2)
|At noon, they had to fix the pile before the seven loads came. |
The mow will be full of hay, all the straw will be stacked outside.
There is a pile stored inside the barn (I don't know where is will go next year when there are cows there!) which is either for seed for next year, or to give some to the shareowners we rent land from, a few are paid in cash, but most of the 73 people we rent from get 3 tons of grain, along with a number of other things- like straw and a really big bag of sugar (Max has already bought and given some of that out, they wanted it for jam making.) This year Garry and Max decided on one ton of wheat and two tons of corn for our grain payment to the renters. It is easier to sell wheat, they tell me, and people will be happy with either for feeding their animals- and so far the corn looks good... but it would be nice to get some rain this week!