Last Friday was one of those days that has a domino effect for weeks following it. Originally, I was taking the kids to a livestock judging contest. Bill was going to sew some water ways where we just had some tile and terraces put in. But before we left to our activities, our well went dry. Change of plans. We had not had rain since the end of June. So everything was getting crispy. It turned out the cattle got up and all started to drink at the same time. Taking the water away faster than the well could recover. We had to move the cows to another waterer. Which meant that we had to take down part of a fence and add a gate to let them in and out. The ground was so hard that when we were digging the post holes we had to add a bucket of water to soften the dirt. I should add that the temperature was a toasty 104 deg.
Still, we were going to have to haul water. The water spicket in town was broke down. The only other available water for us to use is our irrigation rig 12 miles away. That was too far for us to take the water wagon. So I ran to the farm supply store to get a truck bed tank to put in our Ford 350. On our way to the irrigation rig, the guy from town called and said we could get water from the spout that day but not for a few days after. We filled the water wagon tank. Hauled it to the cattle tanks and our cistern. It took an hour to fill the truck bed tank at the irrigation rig. That was taken down to the well where we moved the cattle to as a back-up.
You might have guessed that since we had a water wagon, we have been dealing with water shortage issues for a while (long while). The well here is not as deep as it needs to be. And with 50+ head of cattle, we need a more reliable water supply. The last 3 or 4 years we have had plenty of rain for our water needs. But as our herd increases so does the water required for them. This week we are having a drilling company come out and look at where we can place a new well. With harvest staring up at the same time, things will be interesting around here. So goes the way of a farm life.