OK....now to come over to the dark side
I strip my barns down to dirt in Apirl, everyone is through kidding. The baby pens remain in shavings that get completely cleaned out about every 4 weeks, between times I add fresh shavings to freshen up the look for buyers
The main stalls which house milkers are dirt, I use a leaf rake and rake up berries and wet spots every few days. If I am swamped with customers, it may be done on the weekend...when I can't even do that I hire it out to one of my children who wants some money
I don't rebed the barns with shavings until Christmas...we don't freeze and it isn't really cold here. I do compltely clean and rebed the milkers barns before kidding the first of March.
My cleaning daily when the girls are in milk, until it's warm enough to pull out the shavings, is called "fluffing the barn" But running your pitch fork through the shavings to fluff them, it moves clean shavings to the top and the berries underneath where SARA can't see them
I don't have a manure spreader, I have a wheelbarrow and a compost pile.
North of Houston Texas
retail, wholesale and naked for you to wrap and resell.
For sale: Lonesome Doe herd name with ADGA, .com, logo, Facebook page etc.... contact me for details.