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Posted January 06, 2014 - 11:38 PM

 Ever get one of those things stuck in your head and can't get it turned around the right way?

 

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Posted January 06, 2014 - 11:48 PM

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Posted January 07, 2014 - 05:44 PM

Wasn't as much feed left as I thought in the bin that still has a good motor.  Called TSC & they have one motor the size I need, and they put it back with my name on it to pick it up after morning milking.  It HAS to be running before the afternoon....period.  Gonna still be cold, not nearly like the last 2 days, but still gonna be cold enough to make it a not so fun job.  Hardly a day goes by something isn't screwing up around here.  Wouldn't be so bad, but between trying to keep the farm going & taking care of Mom & Dad, it keeps my head spinning.  Not had a day off since December 29th & desperately want to take a break this Saturday, my normal day off.  I'm feeling better having nearly shed the flu, but need more rest.  Been running taking care of several farm related errands today.  Before I got to the rehab where Dad is, I found when I got home that Dad had called 6 times, the nursing home social worker had called twice, and my Mom once.  Dad even tracked me down at Southern States Coop.  I didn't have my cell phone on me (left it in the Jeep), so he called their desk asking for me.  I can only do so much at a time.


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Posted January 07, 2014 - 06:06 PM

Farm issues are bad enough! Add Family issues and it's a whole new game. Hope life gives you a break soon!


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Posted January 08, 2014 - 12:24 PM

Got the milking done, but even before that I made some headway.  I managed to get the auger motor to run & got the remainder of the morning supplement into the wagon.  Then I ran to town and got a new motor.  Being it ran this morning, I went ahead & fed this afternoon's feed, and loaded up morning silage also.  This gives me till tomorrow to get the new motor installed, plus I ordered a load of feed so the other bin will be full again.  I am covered well now.  This morning I also isolated which part of the electric fence is shorted out, then disconnected that leg.  2 heifers were out due to the shorted fence.  That is all hot again where they got out, so after lunch break, I'll repair the shorted section.  Then if time, I will start replacing the auger motor.  I can finish it tomorrow if need be.  Corn needs ground for the calves tomorrow, and I will also dehorn several calves tomorrow morning.  Lots to do, but getting a lot done today.


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Posted January 08, 2014 - 12:38 PM

Sounds like a productive day so far :thumbs:

 

Dop you burn horns or put that paste stuff on them? We try to burn our goat horns, but only have like a 15% success rate. Hard to get to the growth rings without burning through their thin little skulls.

 

When I was younger, a farmer friend of ours had cattle, no dairy though. Anyway, he had 2-3 strands electric ran inside the regualr fencing. We watched the big old cows corner some younger ones, then pushed the younger onces into the fence until the wires broke, talk about some bellowing and crying!!! Then they would break through the other fence and get out.  Big ole cows aren't as dumb as people think!


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Posted January 08, 2014 - 12:46 PM

Burn, the caustic paste is harder on them than burning.  Once done, in an hour or so they act like nothing had happened.  The paste burns/worries them for days on end.


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Posted January 08, 2014 - 01:34 PM

Sounds like you are having a good day and in better spirits.  Hope you are feeling better health wise as well.


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Posted January 08, 2014 - 03:09 PM

Yes, better spirits, and more energy as well.  Just finished moving some things to make room for 180 more bags of compressed pine shavings that will be delivered tomorrow or Friday.  Also got the electric fence all working well, and ground a load of feed for the calves.  Decided since I'm ahead of the game that I'll wait till tomorrow to swap out the motors on the auger.  So I'm calling it a day early so I can spend some time with grandson Case.  Not had much time with him for a while now.  Oh, also fed a couple hay rolls.


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Posted January 08, 2014 - 03:24 PM

Here's Case.  Yeah, his shirt is inside out. LOL

 

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Posted January 08, 2014 - 03:29 PM

Looks like he is having fun, Grandpa!


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Posted January 08, 2014 - 06:13 PM

Have a great time with your grandson. Oh and by the way isn't is supposed to be inside out!  That's the way all my grandson's wear theirs. :rolling:


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Posted January 08, 2014 - 06:17 PM

Glad to hear you got some progress made today. Nothing helps me bleed off stress like a day where I get something accomplished.

 

 

Looks like Case was glad to see you .


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Posted January 09, 2014 - 12:08 PM

Got 11 calves dehorned after milking, gave them blackleg vaccinations also.  Then weaned/moved 7 from individual stalls into a group pen.  That took me all the way to lunch.  Then I might get that motor swapped out, but I also need to go get the cattle trailer from out at Dad's.  I'm taking 4 cull cows to market tomorrow between milkings.  I'm already tired!


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Posted January 09, 2014 - 12:13 PM

Your getting things done and staying on top of it, so things are good! Hang in there and you'll feel better soon. :thumbs:


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