Since my husband and I inherited his dad’s big dairy farm operation last year, we’ve learned several things.
First of all, farming is hard.
Of course, most people already know that. It’s a dirty, hot, and sweaty job in the summertime. We have to be careful when it comes to cooling the animals off in the summer. When the temperature gets too hot, you can lose some animals due to the heat. That always worries me, because I know that if you have animals die from overheating, your farm business is really going to suffer as a result. We have learned another thing, and that’s that trying to plan for heating and air conditioning in farm buildings is a very difficult thing to do. First of all, you never really know what the weather is going to be around here. Sometimes you need to run the furnaces and heating units in the barns early in the mornings, but then by the middle of the day, the temperature heats up in a big way. Of course, when the temperature outside gets way too hot, that’s also bad for the animals. Not only is it bad for the animals when the temperature is too hot, but it’s bad for us too. We hate working outside on days when it’s super cold in the mornings and super hot in the afternoons. It’s pretty confusing when you have to use the furnace and the A/C on the exact same day. Not only that, but it makes you have a really expensive heating and air conditioning bill!