If you've been following our journey for a while, you may remember the erosion issue we've been grappling with since we acquired the ranch. When we experience heavy rainfall, the water flowing over the spillway from our pond washes away tons of topsoil, which has been a source of frustration and concern. (Read more about our erosion issue in newsletters linked below)
I have taken several measures to try and control it, but all have failed. Seeking guidance, I reached out to the local Natural Resource and Soil Conservation (NRCS) team who recommended redirecting the water to the other side of the dam. To accomplish this, I will need to reduce the height of the dam by approximately 6 feet over a span of 30 yards, creating a gentle slope towards the creek bottom. Such a project requires heavy machinery. Sure, I could have hired this out, but on top of being tight fisted, I like challenges and learning new skills.
Additionally, there are several other projects that require a dozer that I’ve had on my list. We have a patch of mesquite trees that I’d like to thin out, an overgrown fence line that I’ve been patching together since we’ve been here that needs to be replaced, and several swales I’d like to install that will help hold water on the property and improve moisture retention. I’ve also been promising Molly that I’d build cascading ponds in the creek that flows through the front pasture. I’m sure it will be aesthetically pleasing, but I think it will also be a plus to the local wildlife and help with flood control downstream.
I purchased a 1977 Case 850B dozer which, despite its age, is in decent condition. However, with nearly half a century under its belt, it requires some much-needed TLC. Among its issues are several hydraulic cylinders that leak and numerous linkages that urgently need attention. When I get some time, the track pins will have to be replaced, too. It will take me a few years to complete all of my chores, so I want to get it in tip-top shape to ensure it lasts well beyond my needs.
Not only have we acquired a new dozer, but we've also been blessed with a multitude of adorable additions to the farm this week. With the arrival of several new calves, our count for the year has now reached 7. We’ve also welcomed 11 fluffy lambs into the fold over the past few weeks. Rest assured that there are more of these precious little ones on the way, so you'll have no shortage of cuteness to brighten your day when you join us for the Farm Tour next month. We look forward to introducing you to all of our animals and to share our passion for healing the land.
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