New Milking Parlor
When we started our dairy herd in the spring of 2013, we were using an old milking parlor that came with the farm. It had been constructed on a shoe-string budget, hadn't ever had much maintenance done, and had been sitting unused for 5 years. While it served well enough to get us started, we soon realized that we needed to either do some major upgrades, or totally rebuild. The boys were optimistic and enthusiastic about taking on a building project. Kinley was thinking it would be a great opportunity to bring the milking herd to the home farm, since they boys have been driving to milk at a farm three miles away. The lone dissenting voice came from me, with my usual question of "How are we going to pay for this?", and my concern about making a 10 year plan with boys who are 21, 19, and 17. The boys were quick to reassure me that they aren't intending to leave anytime soon, and Kinley pointed out that having capacity to graze and milk 60 cows instead of 30 would help to pay for the project.
So, here are Jason (on the skidloader) and Jacob (with the laser transit) digging the trench for the footer for a 24'x48' milking parlor. Suddenly, all the conversations in our home are about trenches, trusses and headers; and any time I'm out on an errand I can expect a call asking me to pick up a box of nails or some Quikrete :).
Yesterday, Jared and Jason nailed the first header in place, and by tomorrow they hope to have the trusses set. They boys are looking forward to completing the project by spring, and milking in a shiny, organized parlor, where everything works the way it is supposed to.