Conserving Energy

MidWestHorse Archive on August 2, 2008, 16:01

I've gone back to using straw. Gerald baled it and the farmer sold it by the ton. His John Deere chops it up to pieces about 6" long. That makes it easy to spread and clean up. Wood shavings are between $4 to $6 a bag. The straw cost less then a dollar. I use 1 bale of straw in place of 2 bags of shavings. It absorbs as well if not better and cleans up just as easy. I have plenty of steel forks to use, some older then me. I'm lucky to get 2 years out of a plastic fork. They eventually start stress cracking and breaking off.

I close of the driveway and let the