A girl and her tractor...
We finally bit the bullet and bought a real tractor. Mind you, I'm pretty frugal. I don't spend money on something I can do by hand. I think long and hard about everything I buy.
The problem is, I can't do everything physically anymore.
I had surgery on my foot last year, with a screw placed in the arch of my left foot. My shoveling foot. So trying to strip out a 1,000 square foot sheep barn last summer, comprised of drying layers of hay and sheep crap every two weeks, had me frusterated beyond tears. By the end of the day, I was on the couch whimpering in pain, and in agony for days afterward.
I like farm work, but I've accepted I've got my limitations. And I can't have my animals living in filth because I can't physically do the job anymore.
My DH was just waiting for the "green light" to go shopping. After looking at everything used, we decided to get a new tractor, a Deere no less, that has a warranty and should last us the rest of our lives. 0% financing!
We've gone through some tractors in the past, none with buckets. Started with a 1940 Ford that broke down constantly, went through some others that were okay, and we were successful in trading them up eventually.
I should have done this years ago. I can scrape my sheep barn, mow the lawn and pastures, and till my vegetable garden! I moved a bunch of big rocks that last year I'd have been lifting and moving in a wheelbarrow. Scraped up the swamp monster of waste hay that accumulates in the sheep paddock every winter. No more renting Bobcats to do that, I have my own tractor and a big smile!
Almost throught with lambing, waiting on two more girls. I'm trilled with my lamb crop. The Dillon genetics has strengthened those rear ends and tightened up those tails.
Had our first every grey katmoget (badgerface) lamb, quite a suprise! Out of a white ewe, no less. She's staying! ;)