Putting Away Tractors on the Ranch – Wyoming Winter Storage


Hi I’m Mike it’s a cold and gray Wyoming
Tuesday morning hunting season is almost over the
weather’s not supposed to get any better so it’s time to start cleaning out the
sales barn and get a bunch of equipment put away on the project list on our
Wyoming Life welcome back to the project list a
series that comes out every Tuesday please subscribe and follow along as we
tackle this list right here behind me it’s constantly growing and well I guess
that’s pretty much normal around here any time of the year but a big part of
the project list is being flexible and prioritizing some projects can wait
until we’re looking for something to do others need done right away but some are
very much weather dependent we’re pretty much done with fall all two weeks of it
we actually wondered if fall was even going to come as we had snow back in the
mitigating of October but eventually mother nature while she cooled her jets
and the weather is kind of straightened out for a bit over the past couple weeks
we’ve had temperatures averaging in the high 50s to low 60s that it looks like
is all done more snow is on the way we have nighttime lows into the 20s for the
next few days and temperatures only getting up into the 30s and 40s
if we’re lucky when it’s wintertime around here which apparently it is then
it’s time to start putting equipment away it’s kind of like putting your toys
away when you’re done playing with them and most of the stuff that we put away
for winter we’re not going to be using again until spring but some of it we
will with that in mind we just can’t throw all our toys in the closet and
hope that mom doesn’t find them some equipment will need access to and with a
lack of storage options around here we have to be pretty smart about how we do
it not only is this the project list behind me but this is also the sales
barn right through this door our largest story storage area for well stuff
for the last month or so it’s been used as a hunter processing and storage
facility but now we’re gonna take it back and we’re gonna jam it full of as
much stuff as we can and sometimes to go forward it feels like we’re going
backwards this barn used to be used for cattle
sales up until the 90s since then it’s been pretty much storage but before it
can be storage again we need to clean it up a little bit
everything’s set up for the hunters needs to be removed and put away a
carcass hanger is removed from the rafters and tables and chairs are put
away well maybe put away might be too strong
of a word let’s just say stash somewhere else
even our trusty scarecrow slim who’s here to supervise this entire project
gets a little bit of attention and we switch out his hat for the one we blew
up just a few weeks ago that looks better
trash mostly feed bags are removed and burned in the incinerator
then a few tons of feed that I’ve been storing in here has to be moved out to
make way for bigger equipment and make it more accessible when we need it
luckily the Bobcat is back up and running on all four tires and with it we
make short work of getting the 8 tons of cow cake out of the barn and set aside
for a while while we come up with a game plan anything we don’t need in here
right now we can get out like this insulation
which I need to put up in the garage we’re gonna move it where we need it and
the nice thing is that it’ll actually block in my Firebird so if I want to
drive it I have to get the insulation up and installed tarps are pulled up and
anything in the way is moved on to the side with that the sales barn is ready
for winter guests and first up is the baler with a lot of rubber the winter
Sun will wear off baler belts pretty fast so storing it inside only makes
sense getting it in though is a bit of a trick as our door doesn’t offer much
clearance and backing it in is like backing in a
small trailer small movements make a big change in the direction you’re going but
once it’s in place then we can disconnect it from the tractor when
we’re clear then it’s time to park the 4055 in here as well space is limited
and since we shouldn’t need the 4055 during the winter we can put it as far
back as we can of course slimmer than the way but that’s easily fixed and he
finds a new place to hang out out of the way but still with a good view next up is a 64 10 this tractor will
probably see some work this winter so we want to somewhere where you can still
get it out but by putting it in next we can ensure that it’s put away and still
accessible and we’re going to help it fit a bit better we’re gonna remove the
bucket and leave it outside this is a newer loader than we have on our feeding
tractor and disconnecting the bucket is pretty simple all you have to do is pull
one pin take off the hydraulics and back away our brooding box for chickens is in
the way but that can be moved we shouldn’t need it until next spring and
now we can bring in the tractor this is kind of like playing Tetris or if you
were like me dr. Mario I always liked that one better with our tractors in
place it’s time to start bringing our feedback in this will be fed up pretty
quickly after snow hits as the cows will receive about 300 pounds of it every
other day if I do need to get the tractor out before we feed it up well
then I’ll probably have to move it but for now this is the best place to put it
and I’m doing it now because I also want to do it with less equipment in here
less to back into as you can’t see much out of the back of the Bobcat next up or
four-wheelers I’m certain we’re going to need those this winter so they go in
next somewhere where we can get them out pretty quickly if we need them right up
the middle the 445 tractor with a lawn mower deck
is brought in it as well and a smaller lawn mower that we use for yards and
places where the chance of hitting rocks is much less the International 606 is gonna live an
ATAR this winter and it like normal it fires right up we get in and we put it
to bed last but not least the workhorse the Bobcat is wetter did maybe a little
crooked to make it fit the batteries for all this stuff is a
concern over the winter almost everything parked in here is going to
get a trickle charger to make sure that batteries are in tip-top shape when it
comes time to pull them out I have a heavy gauge extension cord that I think
my mother-in-law actually got for Christmas lights it’s been commandeered
by the ranch and is now used as a handy way to plug in all the chargers for
winter this court has an outlet every few feet and by stringing it all
throughout the area I can pretty much get an outlet by each vehicle each one
is plugged in and made sure to be working with all that the barn is full
tractors lawnmowers and four-wheelers are ready for hibernation however short
it may be we don’t have a lot of storage here
oddly enough I could use an equipment shed we still need to get the Model T
put away in the fire truck as well as all the wagons they’re gonna go across
the road in a much smaller barn over there and that’s when we really get to
squeeze in thanks for joining me for a few hours this morning you know it
doesn’t seem like much of a job but by making sure that all of our equipment is
taken care of and inside we have a better chance of not having problems in
the spring winters here can get a little bit rough and no one likes to see a
tractor sitting outside in the cold truth be told they don’t like it much
either now this is only the beginning of winter eyes around winter rising around
here we’re gonna get everything in fuel additives will be used as well as block
eaters but it’s this really gives us a good jumping-off point and it gets me
out of the cold when it comes to doing the more work autumn / winter we’ll have
a bunch of tractor maintenance to do and I hope you can join me for that as well
speaking of live stream it’s live stream week here and if you’ve never had a
chance to join us for a live stream I really encourage you to do so they’re a
lot of fun we get a chance to sit down with you and hang out for a little bit
we answer questions we get your advice and we show you more of what happens
behind the scenes around here and a bunch of stuff that never makes it into
a video that happens on Thursday night 7:00 p.m. mountain time and I hope to
see you there you won’t regret it I know we never do I’m gonna get some lunch I
think I just heard Aaron pull in from picking up Lincoln for preschool and
then it’s gonna be time to get back to work come back and hang out again and
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100 comments on “Putting Away Tractors on the Ranch – Wyoming Winter Storage”

  1. Jacob Forsmann says:

    The sale barn always seems bigger than it looks, at least to me. Good usable space. Never seen an extension cord like that one, pretty slick for hooking all the trickle chargers up!

  2. cammie Mck says:

    Halfway through this Video I got rejected by a girl

  3. Thaief Ahmed says:

    Yap. Have a good day.

  4. Brian Hubbard says:

    I built a battery rack with charging stations. It's a little more work but more convenient. I don't have a storage problem but I put my toys away for winter as well. I only leave the snow removing equipment easily accessible and ready to go.
    God bless.

  5. Caolan Murphy says:

    If only there was a hibernation period for farmers ☺ Thanks Mike

  6. Dennis Scott Brown says:

    Slim is like a useless ranch hand, doesn’t get anything done but always in the way. Really great idea with that multi plug heavy duty extension cord. Great idea with all the trickle charges. You sure did get a lot of equipment in that barn. It’s awesome to see the semi better weather you’re getting.

  7. Doc Pound 4 Pound says:

    Waiting for snow in WI send it here

  8. Jordan Roberts says:

    Perhaps it is an added chore on the project list, but couldn't you unhook the batteries from the 'winterized' equipment?

  9. Canadian cattle rancher says:

    Nice video mike what model is the John deere gator

  10. Chad Hazekamp says:

    Good one Mike . I like putting hay equipment away it means you made it through another year

  11. steve mondal says:

    Thank you Mike.

  12. carl dabelstein says:

    Mike i WANT 1 of THOSE HEREFORD signs please lol

  13. Bill The Tractor Man says:

    Great job Mike, we just did similar here at home with my garage. when we moved into town I went from a 40×40 shed to a 2 car garage. talk about a squeeze! I had to sell a few things to make it work. I noticed what looks like another tractor behind the 4055 through the door?

    Thanks for sharing Mike, Erin I really enjoy your videos.

  14. Outdoor Mudder says:

    Love the video

  15. joel mollenkopf says:

    Excellent

  16. William Hern says:

    How many tractors do you have

  17. leo l says:

    Love the video Mike keep thems comming .

  18. Cody Fransen says:

    Where do you get your dummies?

  19. Quin A says:

    It always bothered my father to drive by farms and ranches and see a million dollars worth of equipment rusting and rotting in the fields.

  20. M C says:

    I know you always quote “mountain time” but, unfortunately, many of us (Scottish viewer) don’t have the first clue what you mean. Some clarification would be useful.

  21. William Dunn says:

    Yep old man winter is finally here Mike. Oh just FYI. I don't know if your round baler takes a ball. But when we're moving trailers in hurry. We welded a hitch to our tractor bucket and hay fork attachments to make it easier. It's also alot safer to. Best of luck to yeah.

  22. Sarah Augustine says:

    It has been mid to upper 70's here in N Texas this week. Just a matter of time before winter smacks us all in the face. Glad to see you protecting your expensive equipment. Thanks for the share.

  23. matt phillips says:

    hope yall are having a great week stay warm

  24. kyle Buchmann says:

    See you in the next one Mike 🚜👍

  25. Two Farm Boys says:

    Awesome video! Winter is starting to show itself just a little bit here. The trees are still red and golden, but the temperature says otherwise! Hope all is well on the ranch! Have a great rest of the evening – Everett and Lachlan

  26. OffRoadBullDawg says:

    Do you keep the feeding tractor in the shop?

  27. C C says:

    Hi again! Good job Mike. You got it all fit in! If you put things to bed in good shape and ready to go spring is so much easier especially with so much to do then! Wise words. Hard to believe Fall was so short this year and was gone in a blink. Do hope winter will treat you kindly this year as I remember how tough things can get out your way. Hope to catcha Sunday. Thx as always…

  28. jay johana says:

    Hi Mike , I like the idea of the battery maintainers , over here in minnesota the farm equipment is going to the shed and the timber skidders are just getting tuned up for the winter season. have a good week.

  29. todd Brewer says:

    That fuel additive is a good idea. Where I am at we don't get cold enough to need it but we often go to the Mat-Su or Fairbanks and we are so glad we use it even when we don't think we need to. 2 years ago we where heading to a Basketball tournament up at Delta and ran into some -60. For those who live south of you #1 dsl will jell up at -60. Fuel additive saved our butts. Great video Keep up the good work.

  30. Heavens Gates Cherry Farm says:

    Love watching your channel you two sure got it together!!🍒🍒

  31. Masibulele Aphiwe says:

    Wow it's winter over there,,here in South Africa we're about to start Summer and it's hot,,

  32. Kenny Kortman says:

    Great video mike.

  33. Richard Allen says:

    Is the bucket ext left uncovered

  34. Denny's Country Life says:

    Your equipment looks clean! Bitter sweet, but it always feels good to have things put away clean and greased for the winter. Great video bud!

  35. Davina Shaffer says:

    Snow, I gotta say I can't wait til it hits here, luv winter, so much better then spring n.summer… thanks again for sharing

  36. KAREN RIGGLE says:

    Another YouTube channel from Wyoming is Fy Nyth

  37. matt smith says:

    Hey Mike great vid as usual I noticed you buy bagged cake for the cows I switched my feed program to cake/hay using a 2.5 ton Military truck 6×6 have a 2000# trip hop cake feeder on it/ plus bed space to haul 3 large square bales….. plus installed a 32 ton cake bin that gravity feeds into the truck feeder I have a good feeling it will be the cats meow……..I will let you know how it works out

  38. Sammy Patton says:

    Great video Mike. I enjoy seeing the small tasks that make everything happen around the yard

  39. Tim Smith says:

    Mike,
    Another great video,
    Thanks

  40. Fiona C says:

    ⭐️⭐️What about an episode featuring the Sale Barn itself? It’s history must be interesting. I used to do a lot of production sale work in the 90’s and early 2000’s. They are an interesting part of the cattle industry and your sale barn was part of that.

  41. Hit the ground running says:

    You sure could use a bigger shed!

  42. OJ Jenkins says:

    Nice to meet Slim 🙂 Happy Halloween. Your power bill must be a bit high with block and tank heaters 🙁

  43. Cliff Anders says:

    Thanks Mike I like to see a guy that takes care of his equipment. For me the equipment is a big part of my life too. Great job

  44. Humphrey Family Homestead says:

    I never knew an extension cord like that exists!! I need to get me one of those!!

  45. Laoboy 1 says:

    What kind of battery charger was that you was using to charge the batteries?

  46. Lorie Habel says:

    Getter done👍 I sure dont want it to happen yet, but sure enough its coming. Be safe till Thursday.

  47. moss pawz says:

    XD my dog is finally large enough for dog sledding. It's both of our first time so I can't wait.

  48. Brandon Gustafson says:

    I love that 4055 and the international thanks for the video

  49. Paul Frederick says:

    Seems like just yesterday you were doing this same thing. Hard to believe it's been a whole year.

  50. Jalen Hawthorne says:

    We've been getting high 80s and some 90s lol

  51. AgentPepsi1 says:

    Hi Mike,
    We don't get the cold weather you do in Wyoming. What we get is a lot of Fall / Winter hail storms. We have these giant carports, probably 15-20 feet tall, with 1/2 sides where we put the tractors out of the weather, and smaller ones for other vehicles. It does make sense with the trickle charges in that climate. After work today, I actually helped out a bit moving feed myself. We too have a bobcat, which I was operating… to the delight and laughter of one of our ranch hands, as I am downright dangerous with that thing. 😀

  52. nashguy207 says:

    Wow mike I really can't believe the weather difference its 9:20pm and its 65 degrees tomorrow its supposed to be 79 now these temps are warmer than we are normally this time of year but the normal here is no where near as cold as what it is out there at the moment. Do blow out or at least drain your irrigation system for the winter we will be winterizing irrigation systems next week here. The sales barn did fill up quick and I know it would be nice to have room to more stuff inside during your winters for sure. Did you put the BCS tiller and its attachments inside for the winter? Hope everything is going well this week out on the Ranch. are you going to be doing preg checks pretty soon? Have a great week God Bless!!!

  53. Mark Mortensen says:

    We don't have the winter's you do here in Oregon, but we still like to park it all out of the rain and possible snow. But I'm like you and don't have much storage. So the next best thing was an old two horse trailer to park a small Yanmar tractor on. Now with the door divider and horse divider plus the front end where the tack is stored the tractor wouldn't fit. But all it took was a cutting torch and now I have a place in the dry for the Yanmar‼️‼️ Thanks for showing the ranch and telling us what your up to. We think your a great family and a lot of fun so take care and we'll be waiting and watching❤️‼️‼️‼️

  54. Mańa a Štěpá Parkour says:

    Nice video keep it up

  55. extra _nos says:

    I am likely to be moving to Wyoming in the next few months. What can you share with me to know more about living in Wyoming? Are there other YouTubers that are from Wyoming that you know?

  56. Lynn Forresterf says:

    I thought you need a tractor in the winter to feed the cattle the round bales.

  57. Blue Cactus Dairy Goats says:

    Great video as always! But Tetris is better than Mario brothers!

  58. swccstar says:

    I saw that cat helping you out there a little too. Lol. Great video.

  59. Jeanette Waverly says:

    Good work, Mike! You squeezed a lot of equipment into that space. Even though it's still in the 70s and 80s here in the southern Sierra region of California, winter is icumen in (as the poet saith), and there are many things to do to prepare for it. See you and Erin this this Thursday (if the goats permit)!

  60. Peter Mavus says:

    A man with a plan I love organization it,s always neat!

  61. jee1shi says:

    What's the stuff that fell out when you were putting back the cow cakes? If they were cakes, better clean that up to prevent vermin!

  62. Patrick Carvill says:

    Why do you call it the sale barn

  63. Riley Stanley says:

    When are you preg checking??

  64. h says:

    Why don’t you have a dog?

  65. Henry A says:

    Have you thought of getting an attachment for the bobcat so you can tow your baler and stuff with its loader. Far easier for backing stuff

  66. snapstring says:

    Well if you ever get away from ranching you can always be a sardine packer

  67. detrol5 says:

    Hey Mike I have a question, is worth to put some bricks or something underneath the tractors or other things to lift off the wheels so they don't deform during that long time without any move ?

    Regards !!!

  68. Jerry Coon says:

    Looks like you could use another building about twice that size. You can never have enough storage. Regular garages don't cut it either. Those tractors are pretty tall!

  69. Kim Gilson says:

    Hello from Ohio, Love all of those Hereford signs in your sale barn. On our small Appalachian farm it's the only breed we've raised in five generations of farming. We still have leaves on the trees here. Some of them haven't even changed colors yet.

  70. CRT 2019 says:

    Thought u had 3 john deeres

  71. Kevin Strieter says:

    Nice video.

  72. Derrick Savage says:

    Who lives in the other house on your ranch? And who owns the house and barn across the road?

  73. Jacob braybrook says:

    Hi mike how are you today

  74. Jason Longie says:

    Hi from North Dakota

  75. Flex Maveric says:

    Im just wondering how u manage to find time to do these videos.

  76. Mary Hugon says:

    Mikes Quote: “Some projects can wait until I’m looking for something to do”…. I have a project list that states that also…..its 35 years old and still growing….

  77. Thomas Snyder says:

    How does a farmer know how many cows he has?
    He uses a cowculator.

  78. Michael Mac Tavish says:

    equipment away and tractors ready for snow clearing

  79. Searcher says:

    New subscriber here, love your videos

  80. Fz_MaKo says:

    Hi mike where can i buy your bacon? My dad is a really big bacon fan

  81. Rizay says:

    @our wyoming life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2XYLEliMhQ opnion on this way of feeding?

  82. Stoney Ridge Farmer says:

    Place is looking good brotha…need me a good Skid Steer !!

  83. Arguijo11 says:

    new subscriber..great job! Thanks for all you do to motor our country along. I've never been up this far north from Texas, its sure good to see the country side this way thanks to youtube and the internet.

  84. Brent and Natasha Derksen says:

    All snug in the barns. That kitty wanted your cords.

  85. Eric Chandler says:

    Greetings from Kentucky. I hope we get a few good snowy days this year.

  86. Stewart Campbell says:

    A-OK ! Carion Hanger Very "KOOL". Kid's may Enjoy MOOSE Tripod !? 50's & 60's Style . Intelligent Hunter's were Always Welcome & Became Family of Sort's . Many Childhood Friendship's Included City Sleep-Over's & Farm A-like. Swap'in Kid's gave Parent's a Break Fore Children ALWAYS Behaved at Their Best & Dwelled Too Impress When Faced With Intreg & an New Adventure !!! YYZ,Mohawk-Planker !

  87. Harry says:

    From the UK, i know absolutely nothing about farming/ranching, but i just can't stop watching your videos! You work damn hard and its so interesting for someone like me who sees mowing 30 square ft of grass in my garden an absolute chore XD. Keep up the good work.

  88. Amed Tajan says:

    Only a owner of expensive equipment knows how much effort takes to keep equipment running. Btw i subscribed to your channel

  89. joe doakes says:

    How many acres makeup this ranch ?

  90. Gerrald Farms says:

    I like that extension cord. Nice job fitting it all in the barn. Thanks for sharing

  91. Wapi Farang says:

    When you have the respect of your equipment, machines and animals you also save a lot of money and work and everything lasts has a longer and healthier life, (a proverb from my country says – when you have no respect for your things you do not even respect yourself -) beautiful video Good life to you 🙂

  92. Lost Nation says:

    Even on my smaller place it seems like I spend half of my life putting equipment away or getting it out ready to go…..

  93. Pat Madsen says:

    What do you use for plowing the snow? Do you get lots of snow down there in Wyoming? Do the cows stick closer to the ranch during winter?

  94. Nicole Hammons says:

    Love your show thanks

  95. Brendan Perry says:

    Nice to be able to put that equipment away; good job!

  96. Don Finley says:

    What an awesome life you all live.

  97. Kickstand Steve says:

    Dr. Mario was better indeed.

  98. TBA says:

    Хорошая техника, хорошая ферма.

  99. Steven Cable says:

    ya that first snow in october sucked

  100. dinesh kumar says:

    Not a crack on your phone screen… 😂😂😂

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