I made a couple of new purchases recently. The truck is a 98 Dodge with 4-wheel drive. I bought it specifically for hauling my animals to the butcher. It does have a cassette player though, so I found my old cassette tapes and have been rerocking the 90’s.
The haybine is a New Holland 488, made in the 80’s. A friend found it for me on Craig’s List. It’s in great shape.
I paid $8000 for the truck and $2400 for the haybine. The truck gets terrible mileage, less than ten miles per gallon when pulling the stock trailer.
Sixty miles round-trip to the butcher with about one load per week equals 3,000 miles, and maybe another 1,000 miles picking up supplies, means I may only drive it 4,000 miles per year. If I get eight miles per gallon, I’ll use 500 gallons of gas. At $4 per gallon I’ll spend $2000 annually on gas.
As much as I think grazing animals are part of the solution to global-warming, using this much fuel to get my animals to the butcher leads me to believe I’m not part of the solution. But alas, I’m part of a system.
I would love to keep all my animals in one herd, schedule a kill date at my butcher, then sort all the animals I want to cull and walk them to the butcher once per year. This isn’t the world I live in, though.