Monday, September 3, 2018

Use What You Have

You may have noticed that we seem to have a summer heat wave upon us. This summer, up until now, was pretty tolerable. Don't get me wrong, it was hot, but not unbearable so. We had an ample amount of rain throughout the summer. As well as cooling things down, with the rain comes with a number of overcast days that break the summer heat cycle. It has been a summer that all of our grazing animals have enjoyed. Cattle have gained weight better than normal. Pigs have enjoyed more mud wallows. Broiler chickens, laying Hens, and Turkeys have enjoyed more lush summer pasture. With all that said, here in the south we must be ready for the heat when it hits. In the picture you can see the turkeys lounging in the shade of a grain wagon. The grain wagons are not in use for hauling grain at the moment so we decided to place them in the pasture with the turkeys for added shade. As you can tell from the picture, they are using every bit of the shade. The great thing about this shade is its portability. As we rotate the turkeys to fresh pasture, the shade can be moved right along with them. Sometimes you just have to look around and use what you already have to solve a problem.