Wind doesn't have to be terrible.
But put them together, and they're a mess!
We think we're prepared for the cold and wind combination that is to arrive later today. It's only to last for a few days, thankfully, but water pipes freeze quickly, and animals need water!
A couple of years ago, we had a longer stretch of cold weather like this. Jim came up with a clever way to help insulate the west side of the barn. You can read about it here. He saved all of those pre-cut pieces of insulation, and we put them up again this morning...
In anticipation of the cold weather, along with the cows leaving this week, Jim has been thinking ahead about more ways to keep the water pipes in the soon-to-be-almost-empty barn from freezing. If it gets too cold we can turn the water off to the barn completely, from the house. We would like to keep running water in the milk house though, so we wrapped the water pipe where it comes into the barn with heating tape and insulation. There's a valve at the end of this section that we can turn off to the rest of the barn, but we'll still have water in the heated milk house...
The heifers that we are keeping can then be watered with a hose run from the milk house into a large water tub.
Life is changing quickly here, and we are filled with mixed emotions. It was our choice to make changes, but it's still hard. I'm heading off to a new job next week, and I'm looking forward to it! I'll be staying connected to the ag industry, and I hope I can learn quickly! I will have to do more planning ahead for meals and laundry, but lots of people do it! Jim will be busy for a while with hauling manure and some projects around the farm, but will also be pursuing other ventures.
In the mean time, here are a few pictures of the snow we had last night. It didn't amount to more than an inch or so, but it's pretty!
Stay warm, wherever you are!