The stall barn was an uninsulated tin pole shed with three rooms of stalls, one central isle, and a narrow alley way along one side, which provided access to the third row of stalls and the water hydrant. Each morning the crew arrived between 5:30-6 a.m., and after a few minutes of struggle, managed to slide open the door wide enough to run a wheel barrow through. I usually got the job watering.
We carried five gallon buckets from the drip tank under the hydrant to each stall. There must have been about 8 or 10 buckets, so by the time I got one in each stall, I could go back and retrieve the first two, dump out what was left, refill with the dip bucket, and carry them back to the next two stalls.
The thing I liked most about it, was the frost hanging in the cob webs. On some mornings, there were four or five foot long impossibly thin strands of white crystals. Thanks to our generous alumni there are many new facilities at the lab farms now, including a heated stall barn with automatic waterers in each stall!
-Submitted by Dr. Peter Rayne (Professor of Animal Science and UWRF Alumnus, Class of 1984)