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Posted August 07, 2012 - 08:09 PM

Thanks Brian! And notice the green everywhere! I can't keep up with the mowing needs at all with the chopping going on. Fields need bush hogging, barn areas need mowing. Just grows so fast overnight since all the rains came. Crabgrass literally grows 2 to 4 inches every day!

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Posted August 07, 2012 - 08:30 PM

It sure is nice to see that things have settled down for you Daniel. Enjoy your mowing you earned it. :)
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Posted August 07, 2012 - 09:00 PM

Glad to see that pit full again, Daniel! At least you have grass in the pastures again. Good luck with the fermenting, you don't need a bunch of cows with belly aches!

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Posted August 10, 2012 - 11:57 AM

Finished filling the pit Wednesday & put the plastic cover on with some tires. Finished putting more tires on the plastic yesterday. Will start chopping the other pit Monday. Milked this morning, then took 3 cull cows to market, plus my youngest daughter's steer & her Angus heifer "Cheeka". She hated to see Cheeka go, but the money goes towards a car. The Jeep Cherokee didn't pan out, but it was my money spent on the Jeep, so she's fine with that! LOL One of the cull cows was our highest producer, but severe heel abcesses had her barely able to get up, and she laid down in the holding pen this morning, and almost had to be dragged out. She finally got up, so she got loaded too. A few more days & we would have had a down cow with NO value at all. She should clear at least $700.
Just ate lunch, so time to grind a load of feed, then bush hog the calf lot. Then I milk again tonight. Gonna be a long day, but a productive one so far.
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Posted August 10, 2012 - 01:32 PM

Feed ground & unloaded into bin, calf lot mowed (double mowed--crabgrass), and even mowed down weeds/garden debris down with my John Deere F935. In for a break, then not sure what I'll get into until milking time.

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Posted August 10, 2012 - 01:38 PM

Dang, Daniel! Your getting things done quickly today. Maybe a little Gt time is what you need!

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Posted August 10, 2012 - 01:40 PM

so how do chop sillage? sorry, where i grew up it was all tobacco, corn and beans...

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Posted August 10, 2012 - 01:48 PM

so how do chop sillage? sorry, where i grew up it was all tobacco, corn and beans...


Here's a link to my photobucket album of chopping silage a couple years ago. 4 video clips. Chopping Video
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Posted August 10, 2012 - 02:10 PM

thanks for the vid's I had no idea how it was done. now I realize what all of those old 2 row corn pickers with the shoots was for!
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Posted August 10, 2012 - 02:57 PM

Took down a rotten steel gate & hung a new one. Turned out some weaned calves into the freshly bush hogged field, now getting ready for milking time.

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Posted August 11, 2012 - 06:48 AM

Just got caught up on your "slice of life" Daniel. It amazes and pleases me that you can find any extra time to share your days experience with us here as well as share your tractor related knowledge throughout this site. Thanks for all you do.
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Posted August 11, 2012 - 03:13 PM

Busy day! Milked this morning, then book it into town to take some lightning damaged stuff to appliance repair shops. Grab a bite to eat, then book it home to roll some hay. Made 28 rolls. The MF 2745 I was using ran like a sick dog!
Not sure of the problem, but the kill solenoid may not be getting proper current. Lost acc. power that ran the roll baler's tie system, so drove it home & got my boost box to power it, as changing tractors would take lots longer than making do with this sick one. All the other tractors are hooked to something already.
Now time to do the feeding, then milk. Off cow duty tomorrow!! GT Time! :dancingbanana:
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Posted August 11, 2012 - 04:09 PM

Maybe you have a problem with the power distribution block on the DC power Daniel. I hope you can get it figured out, nothing like trying to do a job with problems in the field.

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Posted August 11, 2012 - 04:27 PM

Thanks for the silage choppin videos Daniel. That chopper is pretty scary! That trailer with the dumping hopper is really slick. I hope the 2745 problem isn't anything serious.

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Posted August 11, 2012 - 06:03 PM

The 2745 isn't likely serious. Been having the same issue on & off for 2 years & never truly took enough time to figure it out. By the time we would go to check it, the thing would run fine! That's why I think it's electrical, as mechanical doesn't heal itself like a poor connection can.




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