posted on Jan, 26 2019 @ 10:17 PM
I had an old plumber one time tell me..."Water will always win". I took that to heart, because he was right.
I've talked here often about how hard water is to deal with, especially for the animals.
Well, we have been dealing with frozen "everything" the past 4 weeks. The temps at night have not been above 10F, and mostly in the negative range.
It's been so cold we haven't been able to get water to the animals (i.e. frozen hoses, frozen stock tanks and frozen everything).
So today was desperate measures. We'd hauled hundreds of feet of hoses inside the house. We'd strung large gauge (expensive) electrical cords
(700+ feet of them). it's just been flat-ass COLD, for a very, very, long time!! We've strung heaters; done just about everything imaginable to
battle the cold...and the cold is winning.
Let me tell you something...water will always win! It always will. Ice is the most miserable thing to deal with known to man. I honestly think lava
would be easier...than ice.
From our upper corrals to our lower corrals is a gradient of about 300' vertically. Hike up and down that hill, in the snow and ice a few hundred
times in a day and it will make a man TIRED. Slipping and sliding, trying to clear hoses...it's just endless!
I love raising cattle, always have. Howver, there's one thing I don't like, and that's dealing with water. I'll wade through cow-crap two feet
deep and love it, but water always SUCKS! It just always SUCKS! It's heavy, it's uncooperative, it leaks, it goes where you don't want it to.
Water is the single most important thing to humans and livestock, and it is the single most difficult and unpleasant thing to deal with.
That is all.