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#2431 olcowhand ONLINE  

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Posted February 05, 2014 - 10:54 AM

Got some of the ice off & down to gravel, but where it didn't, I spread a thin layer of gravel for some traction.  Yesterday the semi milk truck had to come in fast so he could coast up the sloped drive to where he could back to the parlor. Tomorrow will be a non-issue for him, as well as for me feeding.

 

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And a gravel path to the Jeep for Teresa.

 

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Posted February 05, 2014 - 10:57 AM

That should help!



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Posted February 05, 2014 - 11:11 AM

Likely have water in the calf barn tonight!  :dancingbanana:  :dancingbanana:  :dancingbanana:  :dancingbanana:   I hear a welder will still thaw frozen water lines even if plastic from the conductivity of the water.  So about an hour & a half ago, I hooked the ground from my Hobart to the frost proof hydrant inside the barn, then ran the electrode oput to the hydrant next to the old chicken shed where the goats & some GT's stay.  I put a get so the calves can't touch the hydrant inside.  Well, the hydrant outside to the goats now is open & flowing, so it's a matter of time & I will have water to the calf barn!   :dancingbanana:  :dancingbanana:  :dancingbanana:  :dancingbanana:   I set it to 125 amps DC.  Works great! 


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Posted February 05, 2014 - 02:55 PM

Well, the rest of the water line still hasn't thawed through, but I'll leave the welder going a few more hours yet.  I carried buckets of water just 50' into the barn to fill the water trough, just taking 5 or 6 minutes, instead of having to drive the truck to & from the parlor, sloshing water everywhere and taking a whole lot longer.

  I also got the cylinders rebuilt & no more leaks!  Used the FEL to clear my sidewalk, as it's the only thing small enough not to tear up the yard at the same time.

 

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Posted February 05, 2014 - 06:33 PM

Hope you get the pipes thawed out!


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Posted February 05, 2014 - 06:34 PM

Went down a half hour ago, and still no water inside the calf barn.  :(   I'll shut the welder off before bedtime.


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Posted February 06, 2014 - 07:41 AM

I'm guessing these lines freezing hasn't been a regular issue for you, or you'd

have a heat line in there.

How long of a run is it that's frozen?



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Posted February 06, 2014 - 07:47 AM

Daniel, if the welder trick was working on the plastic lines but then quit is it possible there's an air pocket or something breaking the conductivity inside the pipe?
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Posted February 06, 2014 - 07:57 AM

https://www.ridgid.c...00-pipe-thawers

 

That thing looks pretty cool.

 

There has to be an air pocket or something.  I'm assuming this is plastic line.



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Posted February 06, 2014 - 08:45 AM

I have continuity to the outside hydrant, and the inside one, but none over to the calf feeding room.  I am assuming an air pocket as well.  That inside hydrant hasn't been used in years & it's handle mechanism is stuck bad.  I am going to see if I can work it loose.  If I have water there, then it's just 15' to the calf room & I could drag a hose out of the room to connect to supply the water heater.

  Milking finished, and will bed stalls today.  When feeding silage, I seen the heifer up close to calving looked like it might be time.  I put her in a clean pen, and within a half hour or so she calved.  On a bad note, a cow that has been sick for a month had to be put down.  She put up a fight to live, but she couldn't even stand yesterday.


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Posted February 06, 2014 - 09:51 AM

Looks like the life cycle continues on.  Hope you can get some water going to the feeding room.


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Posted February 06, 2014 - 11:08 AM

Looks like the life cycle continues on.  Hope you can get some water going to the feeding room.

 

Yes, Josh was putting the old cow down just as the heifer popped out the calf, just feet away.


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Posted February 06, 2014 - 12:01 PM

Sorry you lost another cow, can't be an easy thing.  On the plus side you have another calf.  :thumbs:



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Posted February 06, 2014 - 12:13 PM

Sorry you lost another cow, can't be an easy thing.  On the plus side you have another calf.  :thumbs:

 

We've lost 4 cows already this year, plus I've sold 8 last month.  So our milking herd is down a dozen, and just a couple heifers to calve between now & June, when we'll have several heifers coming to the milking string.  If milk prices hold current levels, we'll be ok.  Numbers being down in the spring is really a good thing being I'll have so much to get done with crop planting.

  The brutal cold spells took their toll on cows with any health issues.


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Posted February 06, 2014 - 12:24 PM

  The brutal cold spells took their toll on cows with any health issues.

 

I think that is across the board this year, I have heard of all breeds of animals dying due to cold or health issues. Definitely been a rough one.


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