Last week we published a love story. Rancher meets manure; rancher gathers manure; rancher spreads manure. It gets me all choked up inside!
Ok, so maybe it’s not quite a love story. Nonetheless, the photos I found online to illustrate the manure saga, didn’t quite do justice to this part of ranch life. So last week’s post author, Jonita Sommers, sent me some images straight from their ranch in Sublette County, Wyo.
Animals are housed in corrals for various reasons and for varying lengths of time. So inevitably when you have animals, you have poop. These are just the facts, ma’am (name that TV show).
When this manure builds up, it must be removed, as Jonita’s brother, Albert, is so skillfully displaying in the above photo. It’s all about manure management, folks!
Now the sweet-smelling stuff needs to be disposed of. That’s where a manure spreader comes in.
Now let’s talk drags (just don’t be a drag). Dragging occurs at different times of the year depending on the ranch, but the purpose is always the same: to break up cow pies! These are not the kind of pies you eat al a mode. Or at all. Just don’t go there.
From RealPartner Liz Lauck – Wyoming Stock Growers Association
Photos from RealRancher Jonita Sommers – Pinedale, Wyo.