We acquired a "new to us" trailer that will work out perfectly for hauling hogs and our cattle, as well as myriad other things (kids, pumpkins, hay, wood).
Our plan is to move two of the cattle to the new pasture this afternoon. If all goes according to plan, there may be some interesting photos up here this evening. I still have some work to do on the trailer--right now both wheels are off, as is the hitch, and I'm in the midst of re-wiring the whole thing. It should be ready this afternoon, though. Yesterday the kids and I went out to the farm store twice. The first time we purchased some nice, shiny new wheels (tires and rims) for the trailer. They measured (in theory, apparantly) to be the right size. The bolts holes were 4 1/2 on center, etc, etc. We got them home. No luck. One bolt hole was off by less than 1/16" of an inch on each wheel. Either we have some funky sized hubs on the trailer, or they are selling seriously flawed rims at the farm store. So, back we went. Which was good because I needed to buy about 12 more things for the trailer anyways.
We ended up going to a local tire store and they popped on two "seasoned" tires onto the original rims, which still have plenty of life left in them, for $80 including the labor and balancing. Not a bad deal. I'm planning to take the red truck up there soon now that I know they do that sort of thing.
Here are some photos of the new pasture being prepped for the cattle. I'll be putting up a gate this morning, finishing the trailer, and then working on loading the trailer with one of the cattle. We'll see how that goes...
The grasses (and weeds) are really tall! The cattle will start working on that this afternoon, hopefully.
Violet will have one last chance to pick wild flowers before the cattle get to them.
The tools needed to string up field fence. (Anyone look up "rod" yet?) There is my trusty homemade fence-puller (the F.T. 2000) leaning up against the tailgate. Yes, it does resemble some 2 x 4's and some bolts. I also figured out an easier way to move around those heavy rolls of fencing using the tractor and some bungees.
The grass is almost up to the kids' heads! We could use this as a hay field if we had the equipment, but for now we'll put the animals to work on it. I'd love to bring down 50 turkeys, but I would worry that predators would get to them at night.