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Posted October 04, 2013 - 10:35 AM

Good to hear, I bet everyone using the road in front of your house is VERY Happy to see you got it fixed.


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Posted October 04, 2013 - 10:58 AM

I can see the next repair on the horizon.  The tank that lost the wheel....the entire tandem assembly is leaning on the right side.  A lot is due to wear on the hinge point, and some is fatigue.  Just hope it hangs in there till we're done this time, which I think it will.  My right front tire on the MF2745 I'm using...the tread is separating from the tire.  The tread is hardly worn, but it looks almost like a retread coming apart like there was a seam in it.  Another $400+. Wouldn't be so bad if the tread was worn down.  :(

  Lunch break, then back to the poo.


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Posted October 04, 2013 - 02:12 PM

Actually, both tandem sides are leaning, just the right side is a little worse than the left.  Called it a day for poo hauling.  Dad was getting tired, and I have some other things to do before milking.  Pit is at least 50% emptied, with 40% being done today alone.  May rain Sunday into Monday, so we'll finish whenever the ground is firm enough.


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Posted October 04, 2013 - 02:15 PM

That stuff was just used too much when it was new!



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Posted October 04, 2013 - 05:16 PM

Glad things went smoothly, Dan!



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Posted October 04, 2013 - 07:14 PM

Always something breaking isn't it.



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Posted October 04, 2013 - 07:32 PM

Always something breaking isn't it.

 

Yes, but at least it's not me breaking.  But since I can't afford new stuff every few years, it's part of my life fixing stuff.  Besides, some of this new equipment breaks faster than a lot of our older stuff.


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Posted October 04, 2013 - 07:53 PM

Yes, but at least it's not me breaking.  But since I can't afford new stuff every few years, it's part of my life fixing stuff.  Besides, some of this new equipment breaks faster than a lot of our older stuff.

 

Amen! The new stuff breaks just looking at it!


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Posted October 06, 2013 - 09:04 AM

Dad just told me this morning that he for sure has to have chemo treatments following his procedure Wednesday, which will be cauterizing the inner walls of his bladder with a laser to stop the bleeding.  The chemo worries me.  At any age chemo can knock you down, as it just did my sister a couple months back, and my other sister is just starting chemo now.  But at almost 88 years old, I am sure it will hit Dad especially hard.  Gonna be rough around here.


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Posted October 06, 2013 - 09:13 AM

I think you have every right to be worried.  My wife's grandmother had chemo when she was in her early 80's and it was very rough on her.  She finally said enough and they stopped the treatment's.  She lived to be 86 and although the cancer came back it was congestal heart failure that got her, which I'm told was brought on by the chemo.  I wish you and the whole family the best and will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers Daniel.


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Posted October 06, 2013 - 09:17 AM

Doc also said Mom has developed congestive heart failure.  Early stages, but not good.  No, it's not looking good for my parents.  Scary to say the extreme least.  You'd not know by being around them they had any issues other than getting up in years, but the years are catching up with them.  


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Posted October 06, 2013 - 09:24 AM

Daniel, please know we are pulling for you guys. Prayers for healing and lightening of the load.
I know how you feel.
The following quote always gives me a wry smile when things are piling up, hope it makes you feel a little better.
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Posted October 06, 2013 - 09:30 AM

Been raining hard much of the morning during milking.  Gonna let up soon, so I'll have to get 2 new calves & their momma cows up in a bit.  We are covered up in baby calves still.  We have never in all our years had so many heifer calves on milk for such a prolonged period.  Soon as we wean one, 2 more are hitting the ground!  Teresa can't wait for a lull in the baby boom!


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Posted October 06, 2013 - 09:34 AM

Isn't all these calves good?  Build up the heard.


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Posted October 06, 2013 - 10:28 AM

Isn't all these calves good?  Build up the heard.

 

Yes, but it'll take 2 years to see the rewards.  Right now we're burning through $1,000 in milk powder each month!  So far for this year, we were running in the red financially until just the last 2 months when herd numbers finally came back up some.  Before the economic downturn, we were heading to pay off ALL our farm debts by the end of this year.  Not now...we're deeper in debt again.  That's the normal roller coaster ride of farming for a living.


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