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Posted February 06, 2012 - 10:19 AM

Just gotta finish cleaning the last traces of silage from our 2nd large silage pit, then I'll begin building the new walls from the giant 2x2x6' concrete blocks. Here's the empty pit, and in the 2nd pic you can see 120 of the blocks stacked in the smallest pit waiting to be moved into place. This is enough block to do one side. Supposed to have 30 more delivered today.

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Here's a pic of the last pit near completion of the wall rebuild last year. At this point I just needed to finish the 5th layer of block & back filling.
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Posted February 06, 2012 - 10:28 AM

Looking good will be well worth the work.

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Posted February 06, 2012 - 10:34 AM

That should save you some feed. Bet you really enjoy the other one.

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Posted February 06, 2012 - 10:48 AM

Look's Good Daniel! Now that your an old pro at this are you planning to do all the neighbors pits too?

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Posted February 06, 2012 - 11:40 AM

Oboy, more block work! Glad to see you started on this. Have fun!

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Posted February 06, 2012 - 12:02 PM

That should save you some feed. Bet you really enjoy the other one.


Just opened up the refurbed pit Saturday, and yes, already enjoying it! The cows should too....no dirt or rocks in their feed now!

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Posted February 06, 2012 - 12:03 PM

Look's Good Daniel! Now that your an old pro at this are you planning to do all the neighbors pits too?


Not many dairies left these days. Only 3 other dairies in my entire county, and the nearest is almost 20 miles away.

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Posted February 06, 2012 - 12:12 PM

Look's Good Daniel! Now that your an old pro at this are you planning to do all the neighbors pits too?


Sounds like a good side business for you in all your spare time...

Daniel, that is looking like a great start & good news on using the other one.

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Posted February 06, 2012 - 03:53 PM

Glad the other one's working well for you Daniel and I bet the ladies are happy they're no longer biting down on rocks etc. Do you set the blocks on the ground next to the floor or do they set on the floor itself. I was just wondering if you had to pour a beam for them to set on, that's a lot of weight. With the cost of concrete these days That Ain't No Cheap Pit you're building. They're getting around $80 a yard here delivered and those block are just under a yard each if I'm figuring correctly.

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Posted February 06, 2012 - 04:09 PM

Tinner, you're not gonna believe what I'm getting those blocks for. I'm buying from 2 different concrete companies. One sells them to me for $15 each! The other I pay $20 each! Costs me about $10 each to get hauled here. Not bad at all! As to the layment, I put a slight angle on the dirt to get the wall to slant outward so I can end up with about 1' inward slant at the top, 10' up. The blocks are placed with their edge about 3 to 4" onto the concrete, the rest on dirt, or gravel fill when needed in soft spots. I lay one complete level at a time. After the bottom run is placed, I put gravel at at least halfway up the back to serve as a drainage line. From there on up, after each layer is placed, I backfill with dirt. Once both walls are completed, a new floor is poured. The floor is a special mix, with fly ash added from coal fired plants. This gives the concrete more acid resistance. It runs about $85/yd.

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Posted February 06, 2012 - 05:15 PM

Sounds like a good side business for you in all your spare time...

Daniel, that is looking like a great start & good news on using the other one.


Ah well that was a joke! While I've never farmed myself, there have been enough Dairy farmers in the family to know there is no spare time on the farm.

That is a good price on the blocks. Way under going rate per yard. But I suspect these are made from the tailend of the load. They already got the $80.00 per yard and this would be waste if not poured into forms. What I would call a Win-Win situation.

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Posted February 06, 2012 - 06:17 PM

At that price Daniel it's a steal, you couldn't form up and pour walls for that price. Lotta work but you'll have a couple of pits that'll be here when your grandson is milking.

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Posted February 06, 2012 - 06:29 PM

Looking like a good start Dan. Hope that all goes well with it!

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Posted February 06, 2012 - 06:54 PM

Yes, these are all made from tail end of loads, so already paid for. They just want more or less to break even on their costs of the man hours pouring & breaking the molds. But they do have $35 each posted for the blocks, but in the quantity we're buying, they are happy to lower the cost.
No block were delivered today, as my logger neighbor who hauls them for us had other things he had to attend to. We've prepaid for the 30 block though, so they are ours & James will get them here asap.

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Posted February 06, 2012 - 08:02 PM

Looks like you got your work cut out for you Daniel, but will be well worth it after you get it all done.




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