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Posted May 24, 2012 - 09:44 PM

My A/C D-19 Diesel has it's steering pump out and I know what you mean about a upper body work out. I use it to bush-hog MIL place up in the mountains. Very exciting to say the least..

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Posted May 24, 2012 - 10:11 PM

Things seem orginized, and running smoothly on the farm.
Does that worry you a bit?
Probably not, because you'll be right in there like a dirty shirt, when
needed. As always.

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Posted June 25, 2012 - 10:44 AM

Been a while since updating. Had the vet in for a cow with coliform mastitis. I've done all I can & needed to call the big guns in. IV and high power drugs & hoping she lives. Time will tell, but this heat isn't helping. Tomorrow will be cool, so that will help. Still working on my home, plus doing some work on the silage pit walls. Corn is in bad shape from lack of rain for about a month now. Not sure what we'll do if we lose the crop, but we'll just have to wait it out.

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Posted June 25, 2012 - 04:22 PM

Have you ever had crop insurance?

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Posted June 25, 2012 - 07:53 PM

Have you ever had crop insurance?


It's so expensive & payback is not good either, so one is better off without it in the long run. Last time we had a near complete crop failure was in 83, so we've saved thousands upon thousands in this time. Even if we had our money all back, you can't just go out & buy silage.

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Posted June 25, 2012 - 09:18 PM

Daniel, praying you guys get the moisture you need.

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Posted June 26, 2012 - 05:30 AM

It's so expensive & payback is not good either, so one is better off without it in the long run. Last time we had a near complete crop failure was in 83, so we've saved thousands upon thousands in this time. Even if we had our money all back, you can't just go out & buy silage.


I was just curious as that i have heard about it. I have not heard of many people actually using it. My FIL always points out the one or two farms in his area that "insurance farm".

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Posted June 28, 2012 - 04:27 PM

Dryer than ever, but we had to cut the meager fields for alfalfa calf hay. 2 1/2 acres only made 81 bales, but much better than nothing. I raked & baled it yesterday, and we loaded it up this morning.
I pulled the manure spreader out of the calf barn with my 1855 w/FEL so I could pull the 16' trailer load of hay into the barn. May be a day or 2 before we unload it, so I didn't want to use my truck in case I need it. So I pulled the load in with my Massey 1010. The trailer is loaded heavier in the front (back end could have held another 15 or more bales), so I wasn't sure if my tractor would point skyward when I lifted it with the cross bar on my 3pt lift. But it lifted it & pulled it with ease. These little tractors can do SO much more than you'd think. Of course you really have to watch as they can pull much heavier loads than they can stop! But I went slow, so no problems at all.

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What looks like dirt under the rear tire of the Massey is actually dead grass. If it weren't for weeds, there would be little green.

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Posted June 28, 2012 - 04:34 PM

Sorry for the poor crop, Daniel! Can't do nothing but pray we all get some relief soon! Looks like the 1010 did it's job well!

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Posted June 28, 2012 - 04:41 PM

We don't need many square bales for the weaned baby calves, so we will have enough for them. We also have enough rolled hay to last I hope. We are having to feed some rolled hay now, but not too much yet. We should do ok with the hay stocks we have.
Right now our thermometer shows 107, but the sun is on the front porch where the sensor is under, so it may elevated the reading some.
On my weather site, they have 104, and we have been running higher than there.

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Posted June 28, 2012 - 06:40 PM

I think the weather guru's have their under the house. Mine is always 3-5 degrees over what they report. It's in the shade, porch faces east.

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Posted June 29, 2012 - 09:15 PM

Our thermometer is always a few degrees higher than the weather mans too. It also higher than the sign at the bank, but I don't worry with them, they're not very good with them number thingys

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Posted June 30, 2012 - 12:22 PM

103 and climbing fast. Hard on the cows, but after installing the 6 fans, they are handling the heart much better than in years past. Last night I only had one cow (producing over 100lbs milk/day) with her tongue hanging out. She came in first in the parlor, so I kept her soaked with cold water across her front half while she milked. By the time she finished milking, she didn't have her tongue wagging. I figure I'll have a few wagging their tongues this afternoon. If it weren't for the sprinklers & fans, I am sure we would have lost at least one older cow by now if not a few.

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Posted June 30, 2012 - 12:23 PM

Ooops....104F now!

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Posted June 30, 2012 - 12:27 PM

Ooops again.......105F !!




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