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Things that come up in the daily operation of a ranch.
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We've got water on our place that flows all winter into the creek It's only a couple inches deep but I have only chopped ice about 10 days per winter as it freezes up another spot opens up.
If your dreams don't scare you there not big enough!
Two winters ago we had a bunch in a circle of corn stalks. Forecast got nasty and the director called a neighbor across the road about an 80 with trees just over the fence. He and I spent the next day in the fog fencing, must of put 500 staples in. Swam a single barb wire across a slough on the uphill end. Wound up feeding there til calving. Took a chainsaw twice a week to keep the ice where you could chop it. When it had been turbo cold for about 10 days the cows quit worrying about my axe. I found a clear hole in the ice about 2 feet across. Just upstream was an ice bridge that looked a foot thick. Never tried it with the bale bed, but sure held a 4 wheeler and a lot of heavy cows. Best thing about my whole winter. I would guess it ran 40 gallons, but I bet that's low, because I never broke ice on it above minus 10. Water just boiled up there then went on down and heaved ice.