Yesterday morning we got out early to get some farm work done before the 110* temps we had later in the day. We've been feeding grain to the cattle in the corral now for quite some time, but the calves were crowded out by the larger cows, so we worked on setting up a space just for the calves.
We have a post driver attachment for the BobCat, otherwise it would have been impossible to set the posts in the hard, dry dirt. Popa put me on the BobCat to drive while he measured distances for the posts and held them in place for me to drive up to them. Of course there were those "hand signals" ! I don't mind helping, just always aware that farm accidents can happen so quickly.
With the posts all set, two Little Creepers were put inside and panels brought to enclose the area.
Since we were working close to the corral, the cows heard us and came, thinking they might get fed. The last part of the pen, a wooden entrance, with spaces only big enough for the calves to go through, was put in place.
Now the feeding pen is finished and Popa put feed in the creepers. It will take a while for the calves to start going inside, but as curious as they are, one day a calf will go in and eat and others will follow. This should help them grow; most of them have never had much green grass because the pastures are dried up for lack of rain.