Posted 6/10/2021 20:55 (#9052355 - in reply to #9052226) Subject: RE: Old timers drought stories
We also cut down trees to feed the cows here in the 70's/ One had to be quick as often the cows would get under the tree before it fell. We also baled cornstalks and bean stubble for feed. That was the first it was done here.
Some of the more rural guys turned the cows out in the road. That caused some friction. It was funny to hear one neighbor tell how bad his neighbor was for doing that but the one complaining was just upset his cows did get that grass.
We also dug out the bottom of the springs that fed the creek. Lots of shovel work but better ( cheaper) than hauling water.
One of my landlords talked about how in the 30's they cut the tumbleweeds out of the ditches to feed the animals. That was all the feed they raised. FWI. The ditches they talked about have water running in them most years, at least for the 40 years I have farmed it.