Sunday, August 9, 2009
For the past two days, it has been extremely hot and dry with temperatures in the mid ninety's. We have not had any measurable rain for weeks. The grass is dying and the animals are beginning to eat the white clover instead of the fescue grass. For the past two evenings, we have been hooking up our irrigation pump to water out of Buffalo Creek for the front pastures. It hasn't been used since last year; and, the hoses are full of grass that bugs packed into the ends. Most of the sprinkler towers were working once the water began to flow but a few sprinklers were either broken or missing from the towers. The Boer goats are hard on them because they like to rub their horns on the towers. By dark tonight, we had all the towers working. We can use one gallon of gas to pump water for about 2-1/2 hours to fourteen sprinklers. We could run more, but the creek is too low where we need to pump out of. Maybe at the end of the week we'll get some rain.