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I’m going to ask for help from my readers. I need to come up with a name for the new barn. It is just too cumbersome to keep calling it the Replacement Structure For The Crooked Barn.

So put on your thinking caps and come up with a good name, I am just out of good ideas.

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Quite a while ago, I promised that I would post all the pictures of the new barn building. And finally I had time to sort through all the photos to actually put them onto the site.

Demise of the Crooked Barn

For the last few months I had been saying that you would see all the work done in tearing down the crooked barn and putting up the replacement structure.

This is the first of the posts to see that start-to-finish project.

This is what the barn looked like before we started the demolition process.

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We started with removing all the little fixes we had done just to keep this building staying upright for the last few years and took off all the easily removed bits first.

The equipment was moved out and any extra boards not holding the structure up were removed.

With equipment out, the tractor was used to help dismantle the manger and flooring where the hay was stored.

We tried to save as much of the usable wood as we could for use in the replacement structure.

Salvaged boards stacked for use in new barn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The boards were stacked by size and length, unless I was stacking. Then they just got put onto the pile.

With the bulk of the cumbersome walls gone, it was time to lower the structure before it decided to fall on its own.

With the right side of the barn on the ground, crowbars were used to pull the metal roof off one nail at a time.

The beams that were bug riddled or rotten were cut to be used for firewood.

All the nails were saved for scrap metal and all the roof was bent in half, flattened and set on pallets for removal to recycle at a later time.

The second side was dismantled just like the first. The area was swept several times with a strong magnet to make sure we had not left any metal pieces. The tractor and bulldozer were brought in to smooth the area in preparation for the replacement structure.

All this was done around all the other farm work and commitments that usually occur during the spring and summer. Definitely not a quick project.

 

 

 

 

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The new structure in the bull pen is the same footprint size as the crooked barn it replaces. It looks so much bigger than the old, sad building because the roof is quite a bit taller.

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The big red beast (our farm truck) would just barely fit into the old barn. We could not drive any loads into the barn that had bales above the racks of the truck. All loads of hay had to be un-stacked by hand and passed off to those who were putting the bales into the barn.

I had the unloading job because I am the shortest and was able to duck under the beams of the roof as I dismantled the bales in the truck. Usually.

This new structure is even tall enough to allow the farm truck with the bed lifted, if so desired. Ahhh, my life has gotten much more pleasant. I am looking forward to next summer and hay season.

A Matter of Truss

Finally!

A series of unrelated events had postponed the crooked barn replacement structure project since the early spring.

The work has begun in earnest now and soon the bare area will start to look like a barn again. The trusses arrived and are stacked neatly on-site so the roof can be put together quickly as soon as the time is right.

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June Update

June has been a busy month. The weather, lack of mountain snow pack and low rainfall has been in the forefront of all farm duties. Unseasonably dry weather has prompted us to start hay season early by almost three weeks. The forecast is calling for 90- 100 degree temps for the next week and the grass will loose it’s quality quickly. It’s all hands on deck while the sun shines. We are carrying fire extinguishers and shovels on our equipment, just in case.

The crooked barn is almost gone and the permits have been secured for the replacement structure. Beginning construction has been delayed until hay season is complete.

Just a few days after our attendance at the annual logging operator fire danger training, a fire broke out on State lands just a few miles from the farm.

I detected a whiff a smoke about mid-day. By 2pm I could see smoke billowing up over our hillside. Neighbors were scrambling to determine what was going on. Thanks to social media and an alert Niece of mine, we found out the the Oregon Department of Forestry had been notified of the smoke early in the day with a 911 call by an alert individual.

By they time we knew anything was going on, the ODF had trucks, helicopters, planes and ground crews battling the fire that was in an area of dry slash. The ground affected had been a logging operation completed in early spring. Someone was using the land for recreation when the fire broke out. The slash/residue left after the logging operation was dried out from the unseasonable warm spring and became a tinderbox for the fire to take off quickly. The fire spread up a canyon and threatened to keep going.

Because of the quick response from ODF and local fire departments from many regions, the fire was contained at 67 acres. It was way too close for me.

Our logging project for this summer has been postponed because of the fire danger. We are not willing to risk the danger. There are always many other tasks we can do on the farm to keep busy until the fall rains come.

 

 

May Update

We have 21 calves so far this season. The count is 9 heifers and 12 bulls. I’ve got the hardest part done, that is naming all those babies.

Our best bulls will be raised to be herd sires for other farms. Our best heifers will be raised to be mother cows for the next generation; some will stay here on the farm while others will be sold to be mother cows at other farms.

The bookkeeping part of a Registered Angus Herd is ongoing. The American Angus Association requires more than just the pedigree of the parents to register an animal. Birth weight, weaning weights, yearling weights, along with matching dates for all the measurements are meticulously kept and checked for accuracy.

 

Also continuing this month, is the demolition of the crooked barn. We are currently gutting out the inside and tearing apart the old manger. Since this barn was used to accommodate bulls from 900 lbs. to 2500 lbs., the manger was built to withstand the pressures of big animals as they pushed their big heads between the frame openings to eat hay. Posts made from power poles cut into 8 ft. lengths were sunk into the ground to secure 85 lb. railroad ties, in an effort to keep the bulls on the correct side of the manger. When tearing it apart we found several railroad spikes had been used to hold the corners together.

The manger in the picture is half-way demolished. Still a lot of work to do before it can be pulled out of the barn with a tractor. We are salvaging and re-using as much as we can from this structure. More posts about that process will be coming to this blog soon.