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Posted February 13, 2012 - 08:10 PM

What are your winters ushually like there Dan.In the picture i dont see any snow,or is the weather just cooperating for you.


Been just 2 very light dustings of snow all winter so far. Been a strange warm winter till the last couple days. Been in the teens F the last 2-3 days. Before that, we had 60's here! Usually we've had at least a few inches of snow by the end of December!

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Posted February 14, 2012 - 10:38 AM

A load of 15 giant Lego blocks just rolled in! Gotta go unload them.

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Posted February 14, 2012 - 10:53 AM

Be careful playing with your LEGOS Daniel !!!

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Posted February 14, 2012 - 11:09 AM

Weather has been crazy this winter. Quite a bit warmer than usual.

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Posted February 14, 2012 - 11:13 AM

Weather has been crazy this winter. Quite a bit warmer than usual.

very odd winter, bugs are going to be bad this summer

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Posted February 14, 2012 - 11:55 AM

Unloaded the 15 blocks, and have 8 of them stacked into the wall. 15 more coming after dinner. Once I get this 3rd run set, then I need to back-fill some dirt behind them. At the rear of the logging trailer is James (logger neighbor) on the right, and my son Josh on the left.

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Posted February 14, 2012 - 11:57 AM

very odd winter, bugs are going to be bad this summer


Yep, evening motorcycles rides may be out. Those large buggers sure can hurt!

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Posted February 14, 2012 - 12:04 PM

Nice to see things going well for you. Do you cover your silage with plastic. Some here do and others do not. Kind of gives me the willies watching those guys drive big 4 wheel drive tractors on top of the soft silage.

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Posted February 14, 2012 - 12:20 PM

Nice to see things going well for you. Do you cover your silage with plastic. Some here do and others do not. Kind of gives me the willies watching those guys drive big 4 wheel drive tractors on top of the soft silage.


Yes, always covered. Too wet/humid here to go without cover. Even with plastic we can have a few inches of spoilage. I'd say we'd lose 2' without any cover, maybe more. No problem in a pit to drive on really. But open stacks is another matter. We tried it one year, and "willies" is an understatement for how it made me feel packing it! I was on a MF175 without ROPS! I was "one & done" with open stacks!

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Posted February 14, 2012 - 03:15 PM

No additional pics, but took delivery of 15 more blocks. Got the 3rd layer stacked & back filled dirt to the bottom of the 3rd run. I'm calling it a day with the pit work. Gotta get all the afternoon feeding done, then clean up to take Teresa out for a Valentine dinner!

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Posted February 14, 2012 - 05:15 PM

Daniel
How many head of milk cows do you have? Must be a bunch for all the silage you harvest.

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Posted February 14, 2012 - 05:31 PM

Daniel How many head of milk cows do you have? Must be a bunch for all the silage you harvest.


Milking 74, with 8 others dry. Then there are the 65 or so heifers waiting their turn at milking. Oh, and 3 breeding bulls, and 2 steers for meat on the table.
Our numbers are down due to severely hot summers taking their toll on the older/weaker cattle. Usually we stay between 80 to 90 milking, with another 10 to 15 cows dry.
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Posted February 14, 2012 - 05:41 PM

Milking 74, with 8 others dry. Then there are the 65 or so heifers waiting their turn at milking. Oh, and 3 breeding bulls, and 2 steers for meat on the table.
Our numbers are down due to severely hot summers taking their toll on the older/weaker cattle. Usually we stay between 80 to 90 milking, with another 10 to 15 cows dry.


I recall the one you lost not too long ago after birthing a baby, shame to see her go, my friend Alen Everet up the road shoots for 30 a day, in total around 74 as of 2 months ago along with 4 jerseys or so for fat and taste per tank load, keep them rolling Daniel, and following your new silage pit, looking good and be carfull putting up the legos.

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Posted February 15, 2012 - 04:13 AM

Legos are looking good, Daniel. Glad it is going well for you.

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Posted February 15, 2012 - 10:15 AM

Going to dig the end wall so I can set the 3 blocks to completely finish the 2nd & 3rd layer this morning. Then I may get a wild hair & start the 4th layer. But I need to go get the cattle trailer hooked up to take 4 cows to market. 1 with feet I can't help, 2 others with chronic mastitis & bad feet (bad feet & mastitis go hand in hand), and a 4th that just won't hardly wet the weigh jar with milk. I sure do hate to sell more with my cow numbers so low, but the beef market is higher than ever, and keeping them just costs me instead of making money. The money they will bring at market is more than they would ever give back in milk if I kept them 5 years! Sorry cows are just sorry cows...




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