|All that’s left after my burn last night.|
I went out to check on my fire. It was totally out. I spent about 45 minutes raking and piling the missed and half burnt wood into another pile. I tried to light it with a few newspapers but it did not go. It never wants to burn when you want it to. Annmarie told me the butcher would be a little late so I went in and had some breakfast. Coffee had come out with me in a travel mug so I was caffeinated already. The cows knew something was up but the two little girls only ate about 1/3 the feed these two pigs had been eating. When I went in for breakfast I grabbed some of the extra egg cartons I had lying around and used them to start my fire. They worked great! I had to feed the fire for about 15 minutes to get it to really take off but it was going good when I went inside.
The butcher was his usual efficient self. I am always amazed how quick and easy he makes it. We had a great conversation about life, work ethic, animal breeding, carcass grading and children. It is always a pleasure to see and visit with him. I saved the organs from the cows for a coworker’s dogs. He feeds them raw meat and I don’t want anything to go to waste that can be used. The truck did not want to go it was sliding on the surface of the snow and mud. I had to go get the tractor and put a scoop of gravel in front of each rear drive tire so he could get started and get on his way. Glad I had just gotten that gravel! One of the cows was a bull! Everyone gets TWO rubber bands on their gonads when they are banded. We had banded him and he had no scrotum. So I am not sure what really happened other than he was not castrated. Learning curves are steep for some things.