The Gates On Our Farm

The world is all gates,

all opportunities,

strings of tension

waiting to be strung.

     –Emerson

Let me show you a few of the gates we have constructed.

Newborn calves from nearby dairies have a sheltered spot under a roof extended from the garage.  The sliding latch is helpful when our hands are holding pots of warm milk.

Newborn calves from nearby dairies have a sheltered spot under a roof extended from the garage. The sliding latch is helpful when our hands are holding pots of warm milk.

A friend picked up these stainless steel hinges from a door he scrapped.

A friend picked up these stainless steel hinges from a door he scrapped.

We found this gate in a horse trailer we purchased our first year.

We found this gate in a horse trailer we purchased our first year.

Dave patched it up, painted it and added a wire for a latch.  The kids prefer to go over this one rather than through it.

Dave patched it up, painted it and added a wire for a latch. The kids prefer to go over this one rather than through it. The rope must be their addition.

A four strand electric fence keeps cows and pigs in this pasture while remaining easy to remove in order to bring in the tractor.

A four strand electric fence keeps cows and pigs in this pasture while remaining easy to remove in order to bring in the tractor.

Dave welded this gate that opens next to the whey tank in the winter pig area. I need to attach a sign above that says, "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."

Dave welded this gate that opens next to the whey tank in the winter pig area. I need to attach a sign above that says, “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”

The latch for the gate was made in Iowa.

The latch for this gate was made in Iowa.

I don't remember where we got this blue gate that separates the pigs and the calves within the greenhouse.

This blue gate that separates the pigs and the calves within the greenhouse came from a neighbor who gave us a portable pig house. Dave repaired it and welded on a hog panel.

When the sows are ready to farrow, we will bring them to this area. We used another crate to construct the gate.

When the sows are ready to farrow, we will bring them to this area. We used another pallet to construct the gate.

And here is the latch.  This is where we are keeping our newest calves while they are learning to drink from a fake nipple.

And here is the latch. Currently, we are keeping our newest calves here while they are learning to drink from a fake nipple.

Still round the corner there may wait

A new road or a secret gate.

    –JRRT

2 Comments on “The Gates On Our Farm

  1. I love seeing all your gates. Each one is unique, and it’s interesting to hear the story behind each one. So many stories of things being repurposed and given new life.

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