There is always something that needs to be done. Everything is in a state of constant repair, many areas have not had any work done on them since they were built. On top of the repairs, we are trying to add new spaces that work better, not only for the animals we have but also to make space for new arrivals!
Project 1. Barn Roof
This is our 1st major project going into the new year. The roof on this section of barn is rotting away. There are holes in a few places where the plywood has disintegrated and the sky shows through (as does the rain & snow). Its about 100' long and approximately 40' wide. Originally set up for dairy cows, we want to convert it into stalls for new arrivals, as well as and isolation area and a vet stall where sick/injured animals can be examined in a clean environment. Current estimates to replace this roof are between $36-40K (ugh).
Scroll through the pictures to see what we are dealing with.
Project 2. Fencing
We have a ton of fencing that still needs to be either installed or replaced. Much of what's here in the larger pastures is barbed wire, which is dangerous, since animals can get caught and badly injured in it. We have upgraded some of the 3 board fencing with new wood, but there is so much more to do. We are currently using electrified rope, but it is not escape proof and needs to be replaced.