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Posted November 06, 2013 - 11:02 AM

Milking done early, then to give Excede behind the ears of 2 cows with utrerine infections.  The one cow that aborted twins, and another that retained her placenta.  Then got sawdust in all stalls needing it most.  Now to eat an early lunch, shower, then take Mom to see Dad at the hospital.  Busy morning, but hoping the rest of the day is slower.  Rain heading in, and windy already.  Got all the barn doors closed up & equipment put away.


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Posted November 10, 2013 - 02:56 PM

Off duty farm wise today.  Tomorrow I have a lot of updating to the cow records in prep for the herd vet check Tuesday.  Seems like last week we had a vet check they roll around so fast!  Will be at least Tuesday afternoon before I'll get time to visit Dad again, but I need to get Mom up there every couple days or so.

 I BADLY need to get the freestalls repaired before foul weather sets in.  I also have to go see my sawmill friend up the road.  They haven't sawed lumber in a  while, and I may have to get a new source of sawdust.  Hope they plan to fire back up soon, if they do at all.  Most sawmills contract out their sawdust.  The only mill I know of wants almost double what I get it from Chris for, plus there is a 100 mile round trip to get it, almost tripling my costs!  


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Posted November 10, 2013 - 11:41 PM

Wow, Thats a bit much!



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Posted November 11, 2013 - 08:29 AM

Hard to believe a by product of cutting wood sells....

 

It's like a few of the things we buy for the coal mine.

 

One item we were purchasing for 20 dollars a ton 10 years ago.  Now its over 400 dollars a ton.



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Posted November 11, 2013 - 09:11 AM

Milking finished 40 minutes ago, breakfast eaten, now to start pulling the shade cloth back from the feed bunk.  Might get a bit of snow tonight, and this shade cloth isn't built for a load.  Hard on my feet standing on the 1 1/2" pipe railing, even harder getting up & down from it.  Dang arthritis & getting older!  Oh well, once in the spring to stretch it out, then in the fall to pull it back.  Then get my computer record keeping up to date.


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Posted November 12, 2013 - 12:03 PM

Dang it's cold out!  Wind is whipping.  Wind chill was 21 most of the morning, and doing the vet check outside for over an hour, I couldn't wear gloves & turn the pages of info I printed out.  Left hand went almost numb.  Back in where it's warm now!  Vet check went decent, and all cows with questionable issues are doing better.  


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Posted November 12, 2013 - 12:35 PM

Dang chilly down here too, Daniel! Wind chill this morning was around 17*.


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Posted November 12, 2013 - 02:08 PM

We've already reached our high for the day and the temp is dropping plus the wind.  Brrrrrrr!  Good news is we should be back in the upper 60's by the weekend. :thumbs:


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Posted November 12, 2013 - 04:52 PM

Going to get close to freezing here tonight also. Glad to hear the Vet check went well. Did you get the Herd computer straightened out?


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Posted November 12, 2013 - 05:57 PM

Yes Brian, got the computer rolling again with a new hard drive.  Still have to enter my new data from today's vet check soon.  Won't be tomorrow being Dad gets to come home.

 I just got a nutty heifer that calved in with the cows, but man oh man was it a scare.  She's always been screwball nutty and I was worried about dealing with her, but she came right at me & I can't climb a corral side that fast these days.  So I just jumped at her & gave a big yell & she veered away.....talk about heart skipping!  If she doesn't get buried into the herd when I go to put them in the holding pen for milking tomorrow morning, then I'll stay clear of her & wait till I have help to lock her into the trim area so I can load her & take her to market.  I've never in my life had one like this.  I should have sold her a long time ago.  She's been crazy from birth & she's not gonna get better.  Now to go change my underwear! 


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Posted November 12, 2013 - 07:50 PM

I forgot to add:  I think I've mentioned how I can't do heights very well as I get a dizzy kind of feeling.  Well, when I climbed the supplement bins this afternoon to check for ordering more, I did it again...weird feeling like I could just dizzy out & fall.  This started years ago, then went away for a long time.  The last few months it has returned with a vengeance!  I'm reaching a point where I will just have to have my Son do all the climbing, as I fear one of these days I may pass out.  I'm beginning to wonder if stress can cause this.  With stresses of just farming, then Dad's health issues, it may have triggered this heights thing???  Kind of makes one feel like a wuss, but it's something I can't control.  I climbed up there without thinking about it, but once up there, it just hit me out of the blue.  Anyone else have this or have dealt with it in the past?  And this was before the stress of the nutty heifer momma.  I'm still kinda shook from that!


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Posted November 12, 2013 - 08:12 PM

Sounds like a couple big scares there today. How's the pulse?

I'm not familiar with that kind of reaction to height. I'm just so damned

afraid of height, I won't even put myself in that kind of a situation.

 

Good plan to have your son do those jobs, or at least get yourself

set up with a safety harness.


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Posted November 12, 2013 - 08:14 PM

I've had vertigo when flying in the clouds. Only happened once but that was too much. Sounds like what your experiencing. Scary stuff. I hope you get over it. 


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Posted November 12, 2013 - 08:14 PM

Sounds like a couple big scares there today. How's the pulse?

I'm not familiar with that kind of reaction to height. I'm just so damned

afraid of height, I won't even put myself in that kind of a situation.

 

Good plan to have your son do those jobs, or at least get yourself

set up with a safety harness.

 

But Will, it's not even high!  These bins are only like 16' or so off the ground! I haven't a clue why this is happening.  



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Posted November 12, 2013 - 08:19 PM

May need to talk to the doc about this. Could have something to do with the blood flow or a slight ear infection messing up you equilibrium.


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