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Saturday, May 26, 2012


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Thursday, May 24, 2012

West Fence

Last Saturday we were able to put in the fence posts for the West Fence.  They are nearly all the way complete now.  We had 3 young men groups up there helping do the work and so it went fast.  One of the groups had a Brother bring an auger and we were able to get over 100 posts planted.  The auger began at about 8:45 and at 9:15 the boys were up on the trail working.  Kyle Weight helped lead the group and taught them how to plant the posts.  Some of them may be a little lose but, for novices, they did a pretty good job, Kyle was a great teacher as well.  We filled the bed of  a truck with posts and started driving down the fence line.  Several boys would unload the posts and pull the lose dirt out of the ground with post hole diggers.  They would set the post in the whole and then a group of 4 boys would come up and push the dirt around the post and 'tamp' it down tight.  We did this for nearly 1/2 mile of fencing and it worked out to be a pretty good system.  Now we just need to go back through and check all the posts and then put up the barb wire.  It is still a lot of work but it will be worth it when we are all done.  Hopefully the unwanted cattle will stay out of the property when we get this fence up.  It was an amazing Saturday and there were a lot of people from the family there, mainly from Jared and Eric's families.  Thank you to all who helped us get this work done.  Pictures will be posted in a couple weeks when we are able to get up there with a camera.

Monday, May 7, 2012

New Lock & Chain

There is a new chain and lock on the gate at the flat iron leading to the fields. Jared and part of his family went up tonight and chcked out the property and also put the chain and lock on that gate. The reason for the lock is to keep out trespassers and keep the asset safe and protected from vandelism (four wheelers and hunters have been driving through the fields without permission to be on the property). If you are going up to the property please contact Jared or Eric, they will both have several keys to that lock and it is possible to get a copy if requested. We saw a lot of deer and just had a nice family home evening drive. Cross our fingers that the grass seed planted this weekend will germinate within 2 weeks.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

New Grass Field

Saturday Jared, Trent (and his daughters Brinley & Colbie), Karlee, and Dustin went to the ranch early in the morning. Jared and Trent started plowing the old hay stack field while Karlee and Dustin went to the old west fence to pull the remaining T Posts there and also were able to collect two of the old barb wire lines to now move to the new fence we will be building May 18-19. The field was being plowed, disked, and prepared to plant grass. We were able to spread a "Tall Fiscue" blend of grass seed that is drought resistant. This grass should grow with little water and mowing needed. We are hoping the grass grows quickly so we can begin camping in tents on that field and also have a field for kids to use. Please stay off that field until we have the grass growing in thick! Valerie and Tricia brought Grandma & Grandpa up for an awesome lunch as well. All around, a great Saturday, just a little short but pretty productive for the few hours we were able to spend there.
Karlee and Jared with the Tractor
Some of the rocks gathered from the field
Grandma & Grandpa Weight hanging out at The Ranch