The term 'manure lagoon' used to sound funny to me, because I associated the word lagoon with a super blue tropical body of water. Also that really creepy movie with Brooke Shields. I saw part of it on TV once a long time ago - the parents didn't know what to feed their infant and were trying to stuff fruit in its mouth until she figured out it wanted to nurse. I realize that they were shipwrecked and all, but these were the dumbest people I'd ever seen on television. That was long before reality shows featuring people named Honey Boo Boo.
The amount of work that goes into it is amazing. We're getting some clay from a pile in town. When we go to town, we see that excavator putting clay into trucks. The trucks come to our house. The excavators here dig all the time. The compactor (surprise!) compacts the clay. The bull dozer moves dirt. It is such a huge job - like every building site. But to see it from the start right here just makes me think about all the construction in the world and how for everyone who's doing it - it's a big deal.
Without it, we couldn't have more cattle, because more cattle produce more manure ... this lagoon isn't as classically beautiful as a tropical lagoon, no. But on a dairy farm, it's much more useful.
Something interesting - the cows were licking the clean, bare cement in the parlor today in the beginning of the milking. Kris talked to the nutritionist, and I researched on the internet why they might do that. The internet told me that there's no reason, sometimes one does it so the others copy, they often can't find any cause, and it goes away after awhile.
It also showed me lots of pictures of cows licking cats. Why a cow would want to do that is an even better question.