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Carla D-Great new adventures and an Amazing Life

Discussion in 'Member's "BackYardHerds" Journals' started by Carla D, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. Mar 15, 2019 at 1:31 PM
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    I can attest to the fact that they can and do.
     
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  2. Mar 15, 2019 at 4:41 PM
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    All our snow is melting as well and there is concern of the rivers flooding. Thankfully none of that will impact us and the animals in the barn have dry ground. I'm so sorry your flooding is affecting not only you but the animals. I really hope you don't lose any! :hugs
     
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  3. Mar 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM
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    We didn’t lose much. Basically a few bags of whey my husband got free from work. But he can always get more pretty much when ever he wants it. There might be a few nonessentials lost but we haven’t begun worrying about those at this time.
     
  4. Mar 15, 2019 at 5:50 PM
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    I don’t know if anyone remembers the two Nubian goats I had for a couple of days or not. We drive by the farm/homestead they were from every time we go to or from the farm. They lost their nice and big shed. I’m guessing the shed was 50’x70’ maybe longer than that. The roof caved in. They house ALL of their livestock in there at night. 3 cows, 8-10 goats, 5-6 pigs, rabbits, and chickens in there. Miraculously they only lost one or two chickens. They have most of thegoats in the garage and one doe in their basement that is scheduled to kid any day now. Their pigs were almost butcher size. The locker is coming out next week to process them for them. I’m not sure what the plan is with their rabbits. But someone is coming to take the chickens off their hands. They have 2 large brown cows, Jersey or Swiss possibly and one small Highland that they are working on finding temporary placement for. I guess they lost the shed on Tuesday. We must of had a whole lot on our minds this week. We didn’t even notice until today. I stopped to make sure everyone and everything was safe. She then told me she don’t know how she got so lucky and only lost a chicken or two. But, their insurance is going to replace the shed 100%. I’m learning that there are more people that are in their situation and their insurance WONT cover the repairs. This family relies on their animals to provide much of their food. It sounds like they will only be doing goats from now on. Odd considering they were liquidating their goats a few months ago.

    We have spent some time at the farm today. We got pigs moved into a more permanent spot. Then some snow was removed and after some digging we have at least some of the water draining away from the barn for now. We are supposed to have high terminology the 50’s all for an entire week. Not next week, but the following week. 7-8 days in a row. It will be nice to have the snow gone. But, I’m not sure we are, or anyone else for that matter are prepared for all of that water. Last night and today may have only been a light wake up call for the rapid thaw we have headed our way. I so hope we don’t see anymore snow until Halloween. That seems to be a popular date here to be getting our first really good snowfall for the season. I had spoke with two different gravel pits today. One of them, their equipment is in a shed with the doors frozen shut and snow up against them, not for long though. They don’t have the means to even sell us bucket loads of sand for us to haul. The other one, there is no way for them to be hauling anything out of their pit at this time. Too many road closures and restrictions for the big trucks. We could come with a trailer and they would happily load it for us. I don’t think we dare drive it down my SILs driveway. That’s taken a hit as well. It’s still passable at the moment. I’m not sure it will survive this thaw however. It’s a waiting game right now. At least the snow is melted off the roof of the barn now. At least we haven’t lost any structures or animals at this time.

    There are a couple of really rundown farms between our residence and the farm. I think the owners of at least one of them, the poorest one, relies on their farm for survival. I’m worried about him and his animals. They are pretty lightweight. Not starving yet, but light. I hope he can survive this spell. We’ve never stopped and visited with him. But he always has a worn out smile and a wave for us when we see him on our drives by.
     
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  5. Mar 16, 2019 at 12:59 AM
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    I think we are one of the LUCKIER ones in our area of the state and region this spring. It has been unbelievably stressful for our family this winter possibly into spring. We haven’t lost anything more than time and energy at this point. We are far from being out of the woods right now. We haven’t lost any life or structures yet. I’m not saying it couldn’t happen. But, if things were to go from really bad to complete devastation, we would be shattered. But, we are in a better position to start all over from the ground up than many people around us are. It would take at least a couple of years to replace what we could lose if we did lose everything. But honestly, we don’t rely on our animals, crops, machinery to support our livelihood. There are people in our area who have lost the roof of their primary structure, lost livestock and their insurance company isn’t going to replace them for one reason or another. I haven’t heard of this happening yet, but I know there are going to be people that lose their homes and farm families losing their entire farm to Mother Nature before things clear up and dry out in this area. If I had to guess I’d say only 5-8% of those people have flood insurance. I know everyone and everywhere is susceptible to natural disasters. Ellsworth is on the highest point of the county. This town was built on a rocky bluff in 1855. We were named after the first union officer was killed in the civil war. It became a significant point during the civil war. Anyways, most people don’t equate flooding and Ellsworth in the same equation. Therefore most people here don’t have flood insurance. There is going to be some significant devastation this spring. Even if we lost absolutely everything out at the farm replacing the stuff would equal close to what a brand new, plain Jane, no bells and whistles Dodge Ram 1500 does. It would sting really badly, but we wouldn’t bleed to death. So,with all of that said, we are one of the LUCKIER folks around here. It time to check on our neighbors and help where we can. The water rose a lot over the last 8-9 hours. Only daylight will tell us what needs to be taken care of next.
     
  6. Mar 16, 2019 at 8:01 AM
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    Oh my, the devastation. In hindsight is there anything that could have been done to save the shed? How old was it? It isn't uncommon here for people with old barns to be warned they need to rake or shovel :ep the roofs to keep them from collapsing under a predicted heavy snowfall. I guess none of us not in flood plains think about the possibility of flooding unless we are close to a river. I hope for the best for all those affected.
     
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  7. Mar 16, 2019 at 12:59 PM
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    I don’t know how old the shed was. It may have been 20 years old. I don’t really know.we were really worried about Becky’s she’d as well. Fortunately it is cleared now. But it had looked like this for a few weeks.
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    I’ll try to snap a picture of their shed when I drive by in a little bit. I’m pretty sure that clearing their roof of the snow load they could have saved theirs. I’m really glad their insurance plans on replacing theirs though. We’ve also had several fires, house and barn this last couple of weeks. They are also blaming them on the huge snowfall as well. That does make sense. Electricity and snow don’t mix very well. Many power lines have needed to be tightened. The electric company has been quite busy lately.
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    I wonder how our cabin is fairing right now. That is in a low spot.
     
  8. Mar 16, 2019 at 1:37 PM
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    You sure have a lot of drifted snow! Hard to tell from the pictures but it looks like the shed's roof pitch wasn't very steep. I've been lucky so far with my ancient barns. The pitch is pretty steep and the wind blows so hard that a lot of the time the snow mostly blows off the roof as it falls.
     
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  9. Mar 16, 2019 at 8:29 PM
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    Pitch around here is typically 4/12 or 6/12 around here. I have no clue if that’s considered steep or not. I’ve often thought that roofs here aren’t steep enough on pole sheds, not with our snowfall. Here’s a better picture of what’s left of their shed. The roof on the shed looks pretty steep though. Steeper than ours. I’m trying to figure out how long it is. If you look at the side of that shed. Parts of the roof poked through the sides. Could those be rafters or support beams? How far are those usually apart. They didn’t have a loft. Just open trusses.
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  10. Mar 18, 2019 at 4:29 PM
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    Oh my. Not sure what those boards are coming out so far down the building but they are all about the same level. Would be interesting to see the inside. MAYBE if they are prefab trusses it collapsed first to the side we can't see pulling the trusses down inside the top plates and then shifted down and out such that the trusses pierced the sheathing? Or maybe they pulled back just enough to come off the top plate (which they should have been fastened to) then slid down the side? It does look like there might be a "tear" above each one. Maybe there is a horizontal board running the length of the building that stopped the slide and that is why they are all about the same level.

    I'm guessing my barn roof is about an 8:12, maybe 7:12. Our old house was 14:12.