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The Cows Approve
November 13, 2017, 7:46 pm
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November 13, 2017

Today, as I watched out the window, our son Don finished the east side fence of the new feedlot. He worked in the rain some as he drove nails and cut boards, but he stayed at it. The fence job was all complete by the end of the day. The last thing he did was open the gate and turn the cows into the new space. They all approved and promptly christened the area with fresh manure!

It’s tough for me to watch other people do my work. In this case I could see from the window as I held on to my walker. My knee healing well, but still plenty sore, reminded me that it was a good day for watching! I can honestly say, that I approve too! Thanks Donnie

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Gated Community
March 23, 2017, 6:11 pm
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March 23, 2017

After 18 years of using makeshift gates on my hog pens, we installed these new ones. They were made and installed by Ed Struna, Hickory Nut Fence company. I have known Ed for almost his whole life. I recommend his work highly. He installed most of the fencing around my farm as well.

These are “hog high” and “piglet tight”. I look forward to using them. So far, they work great. The latches are easy to operate. The hinges, latches and the gates themselves are heavy duty, but good looking. I am pleased with the purchase that I made. If you’d like fencing, gates or just more information, call Ed at Hickory Nut Fence Company 440-645-3889.



Fall Clean Up
November 2, 2016, 9:12 pm
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November 2, 2016

Last week and this past Monday, my fencing contractor was here. We changed a couple things in our fence. We added a gate in a spot that I had thought I’d never need. I was wrong. It’s all fixed now. He also replaced the section of fence that got crushed by the big tree. In his equipment line up, he has a brush hog that mounts to the front of his skidsteer.

His machine is a tracked machine, so his footprint is very light. I had him mow a few problem spots that had gotten away from me. They were wet areas that seem to never dry out. The marshy areas make perfect growing conditions for red brush and brambles. The next thing you know it is an impassable pain in the neck! Ed made short work of those areas. I will work to add drainage in the future, but having the vegetation cleared out will help them dry out on their own.

I continue to pick corn. It is going very well. I expect to finish by the weekend. The horses get better with every load. My helpers continue to show up and lend a hand and I am very grateful. We picked 24 rows today. The crib is filling fast and I am finding all sorts of aches and pains….but the fall clean up continues as we clean up the harvest and few problem spots as well.