Despite our modern times, a farm still requires numerous repairs each spring after a long winter. Every dedicated farmer must walk around their property each spring to complete a thorough inspection to make vital repairs to machinery and buildings damaged by snow and rain. Early spring is an excellent time to complete these chores before the plowing and planting season begins as the weather improves.
Inspection One: Irrigation Systems
Many farms are located in arid climates that require working irrigation systems. Harsh winter weather can cause damage to irrigation parts located below and above ground. Making repairs to the pipes, valves, and sprayers early in the spring is essential to ensure there is adequate moisture when hot summer weather begins. By completing an inspection in the spring, a farmer can easily order parts necessary for repairs before summer.
Inspection Two: Leaking Roofs
Having a leaking roof on a farm is a disaster because it can lead to sick animals and moldy produce. Even small amounts of moisture can ruin bales of hay or sacks or feed, causing a major financial loss. Farmers must inspect their outbuildings carefully by climbing ladders after putting on safety gear to nail down loose shingles or apply sealants to avoid leaks during rainstorms.
Inspection Three: Machinery Repairs
There is a lot of complex machinery on a farm, including tractors, trucks, and automobiles that require maintenance, including oil changes each spring. Minit-Tune & Brake auto centres advice getting oil changes more frequently during the hot summer months. The spring is also a good time to check other fluids in vehicles while also adding air to tires and replacing worn windshield wiper blades. The last thing you want is to have a big machine break down during harvest and taking it to an north Vancouver auto repair last minute. Due to the large numbers of vehicles on a farm, it is often easier to make all the repairs at once.
Inspection Four: Mending Fences
Modern farmers must mend fences located on their property to prevent animals from escaping onto busy highways. While the fencing material may have changed over the years, the items can still develop holes or fall down in rough weather. Not only does repairing fencing and posts protect herds of animals, it stops wildlife such as coyotes or wolves from attacking horses and cattle.
In the past, a farmer rode a horse or large tractor around their farm to check on buildings, fences or animals, but today they often use all-terrain vehicles instead. An ATV is less expensive to use on an everyday basis while riding around a farm in addition to being able to access difficult to reach locations. Before you get down to the nitty-gritty parts of spring and summer farming make sure the post-winter inspections are done.