Thursday, September 15, 2016

I Either Need To Relax, Or Buy A Smaller Fork!

Yesterday morning around 7:30 I had finished morning chores
and decided it was time to clean the front pasture.


With muck buckets and my favorite manure fork I drove the gator into the pasture...
my three trusty sidekicks with me.


I had already cleaned the upper pasture where the horses had spent their night.
I do that every morning after they come back to the barn for breakfast.


I am a fanatic about clean pastures.
Besides the fact that I hate to see manure lying around,
it is healthier (from a parasite standpoint) 
for all of the animals to not be grazing where they drop manure.


"I might be just a little crazy," I thought, as I cleaned up sheep and pig manure in the front pasture.


Does anyone else do this?

Now, granted, their manure is much smaller than the horses.
However, with a diet rich in grass, they leave piles much the same size as a large dog.


My rationale is this...
if it fits on a manure fork, I'm cleaning it up.
I might be the only human on the face of the earth doing this, however.


Please...tell me.... do you clean up your sheep or pig manure?
Or am I the only crazy one here?


Ok...don't tell anyone....but I have been known to also clean up piles of sheep-berries.
(I need to invent a smaller fork!)

Oooohhhh....I just had a thought....a pasture vacuum!  Hmmmmmm.

8 comments:

  1. Instead of the Roomba, the Zoomba (since you have so many animals)! Do you compost all that good stuff?

    Safe travels on your trip. Enjoy.

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  2. I bet you have the cleanest pastures in America! Maybe in the world!

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  3. We do compost all of our manure!!! I have the greatest fertilizer for gardens, hayfields, etc. We take our composting very seriously!

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  4. I agree . . .
    Bet you have America's cleanest pastures . . .

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  5. You have the cleanest pastors I have ever seen. I'm sure the animals appreciate it but really, do they care? It's nice that you do that . I would think it would keep the flies down as well. Tomorrow's the big day ..have fun and be safe. Much love

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  6. Such a workout before a long flight!!
    Buon viaggio e splendissime vacanze!

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  7. I don't pick up the manure in the horses' large pastures but I do in their yard. We regularly drag the large pastures to break it up. I also pick up the pig poop and even sweep up as many of the goat 'marbles' as I can in their yard. FYI check out Valley Vet, in the pet supplies they have what I call an apple picker junior - a mini manure fork! Works great for the dogs.

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  8. I will be thinking of you and praying for safe traveling for you and your hubby for your big trip. Have a wonderful time and I will try to check in on facebook to see how things are going! Enjoy!

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