These pics and info are a little dated. (Sorry, Dennis) Our farm is expanding.
We've contracted a milking parlor, holding area, and walkway. Kenton is also planning a special needs barn that will be like our calf barn. He'll probably buy a kit and build it himself. In his free time. Hmm...Dennis, it should be about time for another furlough next spring, right?
This is the chosen site. The walkway is about 90 some feet angled down from the freestall barn. Part of the fence had to come out and the calf hutches were all moved.
My parents dropped everything and came out to help us start with excavation. Even though we've been talking about this for almost ten years, the decision to begin was sudden.
Here are Kenton's mom, my mom, and Kenton's dad watching the ground breaking.
My dad moved topsoil so that Kenton and Carl were free to chop corn, etc.
A lot of dirt needed to be moved to level the site out. A bunch of dirt is coming from our future manure pit spot. We hope to buy an acre or two from a neighbor and give us a bigger working area and give her a bit of distance from our manure pit. Right now we unload manure every day.
Drains going in
"Barney" at work
Kenton's hope is to get the frame up this fall and be able to work on the interior this winter himself during his slow time. I believe he is hoping to have everything up and running by next summer.