Building a Barn

31 May

If you follow MFW on Facebook (hint, hint), you’ve probably noticed that we are currently in the process of expanding one of our barns.

As that pesky Dairy Man keeps saying: if you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward. He’s constantly trying to grow the dairy, create efficiencies, or find a new way to till a field. It’s all about forward motion.

So it makes sense that we’re building a barn. Over the next few months, our bovine ladies will gain a bunch of  new mooing friends thanks to the extra space.

We’ll talk about the intricacies of this shiny new facility soon, but for today I wanted to bring you up to speed.

When I get home from work each day, I drive up the hill to check out the barn progress. Over the weeks, I’ve amassed quite a collection of iPhone photos taken from the safety of my Jeep (I don’t want to get my shoes dirty, after all) or while wearing boots and walking Jersey the dog.

I’m sure you are dying to know about things like concrete flooring, water tanks, and big fans, but for now, enjoy this photo retrospective of a few weeks in barn building:

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I never could have predicted that I’d be so enamored with a barn, but this is my life now. I can’t wait to fill the new digs with cows and watch the dairy grow.

Jersey the dog, however, will be very sad to lose the beach…

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7 Responses to “Building a Barn”

  1. Amy Smits Sterk 05/31/2013 at 9:53 am #

    Very smart…taking pictures from the car. Because WE know that the dairy rule is: If you wear nice clothes to the barn, manure will find a way to attack you!

    • the Modern Farm Wife 06/03/2013 at 9:29 am #

      I know EXACTLY what you mean. I once visited DM in the milking parlor after work (still wearing my wool dress jacket) and a nearby cow chose that exact moment to lift her tail and let loose! Needless to say, my manure-spattered coat had to take a trip to the dry cleaners. Lesson learned. :)

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