We continued putting up feed this past week by getting our high moisture corn rolled and piled. The guys started with the corn last week and got postponed through the weekend due to a few showers that came through the area. Friday was a very damp day filled with misty drizzle, but Saturday we recieved a few showers that resulted in around a half inch of rain total.
Here are some pictures of rolling and piling the high moisture corn into the bunker!
The first few loads of corn going into the bunker
Checking the newly rolled corn to make sure the roller is adjusted right.
Dragging the rolled corn back into the bunker and moving it around to create a nice pile.
Once the pile gets a bit larger we switch to a larger auger and roller mill to deposit the corn farther into the bunker.
We pack the pile continuously to get as much air out as possible which reduces spoilage.
About 20,000 bushels into our 35,000 bushel goal we spread out the plastic sheeting along the side of the bunker.
We pushed corn onto the edge of the plastic sheeting to hold it into place and the remaining 15,000 bushel of corn against the sheeting will create an airtight seal.
Last Friday we moved our spring calving cows to pasture over on the Nature Conservancy where we rent some pastureland. We kept the cows close to headquarters after we weaned the calves. Through weaning the cows were able to come up close to the corrals which cuts down on cows crawling through the fences to get back to the corral. After a couple weeks of staying close the cows are ready to be moved back out to pasture.
Also on Friday we had a group of about 50 representatives from Accelerated Genetics stop by the ranch for a tour of our cowherd and the spring calves in the feedlot. After the tour everyone had some time to visit over lunch!