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#2506 olcowhand ONLINE  

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Posted February 14, 2014 - 09:49 AM

Never realized a cow ate that much as that's quite a bit of feed consumption per animal per day! What kind of feed conversion do you get in regards to feed intake/milk output? If you're wondering about my questions,I'm trying to get a feel for some differences/similarities between my now gone hog barn days and your dairy experience.

 

We're getting about 2.2lbs of milk (50.27 cents) per pound of 21% protein feed (15.25 cents)  at the moment.  That is just purchased feed in the whole equation.  The total of expenses makes for a very tight bottom line, but at least I'm squeaking out a living.


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Posted February 14, 2014 - 10:13 AM

WoW! I see now why you dairy guys are always struggling,by the time you factor your other expenses in plus add your labor that sure doesn't leave much meat on the bone to pick from. Thanks for sharing some inside details! :thumbs:


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Posted February 14, 2014 - 11:52 AM

This thread sure has opened my eyes to what farmers go through and how hard it is to make a living.


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Posted February 14, 2014 - 03:50 PM

Milking took a while longer due to dry treating 6 cows nearing calving time.  Finally got around to tagging 7 calves, then weaned 2 & placed in the "elementary school" pen.  Walked to end of our farm drive to talk to the water company guys putting in a water meter for city water to our neighbors.  Neat watching that impact drill hammering a hole deep under the roadway.  Fed a couple rolls of hay, then put new toilet float valve & shutoff valve on the milk parlor toilet.   Then had to thaw out a parlor drain to the manure pit.  Almost 40 today, but it would have taken 2 or more days to finish thawing without help.  Josh got #912 up, as she's gonna calve tonight.  Rain just started, so much better she's up in a nice dry pen.  Gonna be milking time again soon, but at least it's been a nice easy day.  I even got a 45 minute nap after lunch.....accidental, but nice!


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Posted February 14, 2014 - 04:10 PM

I keep checking that big glass of milk I drink every morning, but so far no hello from Daniel.


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Posted February 14, 2014 - 05:52 PM

Good to hear you have gotten a day or two to go well and not be so stressing.


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Posted February 14, 2014 - 05:57 PM

Good to hear you have gotten a day or two to go well and not be so stressing.

I think that could be put as "no additional stress". I believe Daniel has more than enough stress with day-to-day activities, probably a bunch more then we have to deal with every day!


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Posted February 14, 2014 - 07:24 PM

My brother came by during milking, and his wife came in the parlor too.  So milking took a lot longer.  I can milk with one person in there, but with 2, it's too stressful trying to work around them both, much less talk at the same time.  I would have been finished over 45 minutes ago, but at least I am done.  The cow had her calf without needing any assistance, so that's a plus.  Raining, raining, and raining more here.  SO glad we got this cow up as the poor little calf would have been under a lot of weather stress if we hadn't.  Time for a bowl of chili, GTT time, and some TV if there's anything on worth watching.  


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Posted February 14, 2014 - 09:20 PM

When I'm working on the equipment I usually stop when someone comes over unless they are there to help.  I have a hard enough time remembering what I'm doing and staying focused without any distractions.  So I can imagine having two people there while you are milking can be a bit of a problem. 

 

Glad things went so well for you today.


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Posted February 15, 2014 - 09:48 AM

Milking & feeding went smoothly this am.  New heifer calf & momma both doing great.  Going to clean up & get to town in a little while.  Picking up Mom & Dad some groceries, then taking Teresa out to lunch.  Gotta move baby calf to calf barn before milking this afternoon, then feed, milk the cows, than off the "farming clock" for about 34 hours!


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Posted February 15, 2014 - 10:05 AM

I hope this continues for you Daniel! Have a good day!


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Posted February 15, 2014 - 10:24 AM

Enjoy your lunch. :thumbs:


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Posted February 15, 2014 - 02:36 PM

Enjoy your lunch. :thumbs:

 

Oh I did!  Now I can't get motivated I'm so stuffed!  


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Posted February 16, 2014 - 11:21 AM

Glad to read everything went well and is still going well with the latest addition to your dairy herd! :thumbs:


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Posted February 16, 2014 - 11:24 AM

Started feeling rough last night...itchy throat & hacking cough.  Just taking it easy on my day off today.  Not my ideal kind of day off, but it is what it is.


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