All living things must have water. Humans can live up to 10 days without food, but only 3 days without water! Early in February, we struggled with extreme cold temperatures and as good stewards of God’s creation (farmers and ranchers), we must under any condition care for the animals.
When water troughs and ponds freeze up we must do whatever is necessary to get our animals water. Most of the time this just includes “chopping ice” with an axe until we reach water. This is a daily occurrence.
Because of the extreme drought western Oklahoma has faced, we are using solar pumps to pump water from 50-year-old wells into troughs. The big concern with that is when it gets so cold outside the water in the wells freeze up. Then our only option is to “haul water” in trailers to cattle. So far we have been blessed to either move cattle to different pastures that had deeper wells or the ponds on a few places still had some water. Hope you enjoy the pictures of our family “chopping ice”. The kids really enjoy this time with dad!