Friday, March 11, 2011

Changes to the Hilltop

FabHub decided he needed to rearrange the top of the hill.
It was hard to get around with the hay and cattle trailers.
The loading chute was set up awkwardly.
The head chute didn't quite work.
The corral needed adjustment.
So we called in the heavy equipment.
This is where the old loading chute and corral were located.
Sorry, I missed that picture.
Now all of that dirt is gone and some trees were removed to make more turning space.

The bank where the loading chute was located just to the right of those branches.
Now it is all cut way back for the turn.
There should be plenty of room to move up here now.

From the bottom of the hill it used to look like this.
Sort of narrow and hard to navigate.
Now it is like an avenue through there.

That space by the garage used to be dirt bank out all across the front of the truck.
Now that it is open maybe FabHub's project stash won't collect there so much.
We can hope. At least now there is a better space to work on equipment.
I don't think that gate is going to reach across the road anymore.
The truck is parked in its normal space. It didn't used to be in the way of anything.

Across the top of the hill there was a path.
Now there is lots of space.

This was just a cow lounge.
It is not much different now, other than the pile of trees that need to be cleaned up.
The biggest changes here will be coming this summer.
The new corral /loading chute /head chute will be built here.
That should be interesting to watch grow.
Oh, and yes the equipment is stranded up there because of rain and snow.

This is the second of two gravel loads for the hill.
YES! No more sliding up and down the hill when it is wet.
I have been trying to get gravel on that hill for about 15 years.

Looks like a lot left in the bed as he gets to the top right?
It will disappear soon.
The road up is mostly shale bank where the gravel should settle in nicely,
 but here at the top there is lots of dirt that the gravel will sink into over time.
And then we buy more gravel.
We also got a load of smaller gravel for in front of the garage.
FabHub made it home just in time to see it getting packed around.

AND We had the contractor fix another road in the woods.

See the horizontal and angled lines with the cows on it in the woods?
FabHub started the lower part of that with a tractor a few years ago. 
It connects the front of the woods with the back of the woods.
Over time the guys discovered they needed a better and gateless connection between the two fields.
So we had the contractor cut that angle while he was here.

That is the project to date. 
Building the corral will be next.

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