14 January 2010
Great excitement at the farm today - the faucet and water hose unfroze and we were able to fill the water trough for the cows. Goodbye 5 gallon buckets, goodbye aching shoulders, goodbye, goodbye. Cows drink a lot. On a normal (ie. above freezing) day we stick the hose in the trough and fill that while we fork out the hay, serve up the minerals and treats, collect eggs from the hen house, and fill the chicken feeders. It's simple, quick and only needs done once a day. When the hose is frozen we have to carry out several 5 gallon buckets multiple times a day and each cow has to drink their fill before the water freezes again.