I Love ROPS and Roll

I will not apologize for that title.

In the ten years I’ve been living at Kildegaard, I have never once actually operated the tractor. I do recognize the absurdity of this. I may be at risk of losing my farm girl license. It’s terrible.

Here’s the thing, though. Our old Yanmar has a pretty narrow wheelbase, and between the steep hills, old furrows, sinkholes, gigantic anthills, hidden logs, and other interesting topographical features that add so much to Kildegaard’s particular charm, there was a real risk that the tractor would roll over and squish somebody. So dad never let us kids ride on the thing.

That was then.

This is now.

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We won this Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) in a drawing at the GrassWorks Grazing Conference last January, and now it’s all installed and ready to go. This is thanks to The National Farm Medicine Center’s ROPS Rebate Program. The ROPS program reimburses farmers for up to 70% of the cost of setting up rollover protection. It’s a really excellent program, and you can learn more about it at www.ropsr4u.com. The Dunn County News interviewed Dad for a story about the program, which you can find here.

Anyway, we think it’s pretty cool.

Now I just have to learn how to drive the thing…

Stay safe out there, friends!

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