Babies at the Barns

Maasdam Barns

Babies at the Barns, May 13, 2017
Co-sponsored by Iowa 4-H and the ISU Master Gardeners.

Baby animals were on display, including kittens, rabbits, pigs, goats and a two-month-old Clydesdale foal.
Plus a rope-making demonstration.

Many of the small animals were in the shade of an old tree
Baby animals.

The goats preferred the sun
Baby animals.

The Clydesdale mother and foal in our Stallion Barn
Horses.

The mother is ready to go home.
Horses.

The foal was anxious about stepping down, so she jumped.
Horses.

The foal is only 2-months old.
Horses.

Off they go to their trailer.
Horses.

Will the foal get this big?
Horses.

The foal is getting frisky again.
Horses.

Their trailer is in sight, time to go home.
Horses.

Learning how to make a rope using a rope machine, which was manufactured in Fairfield in 1911, to make hay ropes..
Making a rope.

First the cords must be attached to each end of the machine.
Making a rope.

Then a "strand separator" is put in place....
Making a rope.

Then the strand separator is moved to the other end, while the girl is shown how to turn the wheel on the machine to wind the rope.
Making a rope.

The strand separator is moved towards the wheel, so the cords twist evenly to make a good rope, as the wheel is turned.
Making a rope.

Almost done.
Making a rope.

Each end of the rope is taped and then cut from the machine.
Making a rope.

Photos by Jeff Fitz-Randolph, May 13, 2017

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Clydesdale foul leaving barn. Clydesdale foul

 

Co-sponsored by Iowa 4-H and the ISU Master Gardeners. Co-sponsored by Iowa 4-H and the ISU Master Gardeners.

 

Co-sponsored by Iowa 4-H and the ISU Master Gardeners.

 

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