I was telling my friend Julie about it - her family owns the hand truck company Magline. She thought it was interesting that the farmers were willing to give tours of their farms to other farmers - she said there was no way that her company would give a tour to another hand truck company.
The nice part about it is - it's not like we're in competition, because we all have somewhere to sell our milk. If we were competing for customers, it'd be a different. But because we're not, it's a sort of feeling like we're all in it together. As a result, farmers are always giving tours to other farmers! For example, the president of our local MMPA has made it a point to tour almost every farm in his district. People go to see each other's new barns and new setups. It's like giving someone a tour of your new home.
It may not be everyone's idea of a vacation, but for a group of young dairy farmers, it's great fun.
The guys have been carefully removing the floor of the haymow. Josh said it was interesting seeing how it was all put together - so long ago, by my great-grandpa Floyd Anderson. How did they get these giant boards up there? How did it all hold together with just two nails on one board? Where did they get these boards - from a mobile mill or from another town? So long ago. We're going to use the wood when we remodel ... someday. It's been good for 130 years and it'll be good for more!
|No ceiling - more room for bales|
|Changing the look and the use of the barn|