Today is supposed to reach record high temperatures for the Shenandoah Valley. Yesterday, the thermometer sat right at and a little above 100 degrees (F) all day. I know that those of you in Texas and other southern states reading this are chuckling right now.
It’s hot for here.
No one on the farm has AC so we have to find other ways to cool down. I start by closing my windows up first thing in the morning and hanging sheets and towels over them all (I don’t have full curtain on all my windows) to block out the sun.
We finished up all hay making last evening. Hurray!!
Yesterday, Daniel put ice cubes under his wide brim hat and let them gradually melt over his head, he has put them in the pockets of his light-weight long sleeved shirt. He said that it worked pretty well.
Of course, all of the cows get moved to shade and pigs are sprayed down with water. The field shelters are propped up in the back to allow for more ventilation and we remove all of the metal around the sides. Seems to really help them. Much of the day during extreme heat is spent checking on the animals and keeping them supplied with fresh water and shade.