Friday, December 13, 2013
Feeding Cattle Prickly Pear
I know I've posted this picture before but John is threatening to burn pear after the first of the year. I don't think he should, he is 79 years old. See the tank in the foreground? It is full of Propane. See the wand in his hand with a cone at the end lit with fire? There is a hose running from the tank to the wand. There have been times when a tank blows up and burns the person holding the wand. Sometime a rattlesnake lives in a pear bush (cactus plant). When that fire disturbs them Mr. Snake is not a happy camper and he slithers out ready to strike. If the pear burning man is alert he can burn the snake before it can strike. It is easy to trip over the hose and if a person is agile he can catch himself in time to not drop the burning apparatus. If he is not, he can fall into a pear bush and lose control of the pear burner. Having to pick out zillions of cactus thorns is not a picnic and getting burned can be bad. The cattle do love the cactus minus the thorns when the green grass is gone from the weather being too cold. The cactus (which we have plenty of) is a free feed other then the cost of the Propane but it is hot, hard work. This job does not harm the cactus, within a couple of years it will have grown back tall enough to use for feed again. I think at his age he should give it up.