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Posted February 28, 2014 - 08:45 AM

:thumbs: Hope things go well! Fling a little poo for me!



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Posted February 28, 2014 - 04:23 PM

Everything went fine repairing the shaft.  Then went to haul poo.  Filled the wagon, but when I got to the field it would not unload.  We forgot to leave the shutoff gate open, and manure from the walls had crept down, filling the chute to the impeller and froze.  Took over an hour to get it going, but I hauled with the other wagon while Josh got other chores done. Got several loads out, but almost time for me to do afternoon milking, so had to shut down.  No worries now with rains, as we're 2' from the top.  Ground just beginning to get right for what we're doing, but sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do regardless.  Had a cow lose a bull calf which we had to pull yesterday, but today #274 had a healthy heifer calf.

  Feed was delivered today, along with supplies for the milk parlor.  Been a very busy day, but at least productive.


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Posted February 28, 2014 - 05:50 PM

Then look heavier than 50 pounds

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Posted February 28, 2014 - 07:12 PM

I'm beat.  14 hours going hard all day.  I took about 20 minutes for breakfast, then 15 minutes or so for lunch.  Just got in 10 minutes ago.  Woke at 4:50, out the door at 5.  Josh is off tomorrow, so I have Sunday to rest.  They speak of some nasty freezing rain Sunday night, so tomorrow I'll unhook the MF2705 from the poo pump & put back on the generator just in case.  They say it's gonna be the worst of the season for us.


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Posted February 28, 2014 - 07:54 PM

Don't forget to stand the windshield wipers at attention.


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Posted February 28, 2014 - 08:33 PM

Hope the storm misses you. The south isn't made for this wacky weather.


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Posted February 28, 2014 - 09:16 PM

Was just talking to Sue and she said something about you getting a load of ice. I pray you don't.

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Posted February 28, 2014 - 09:18 PM

Was just talking to Sue and she said something about you getting a load of ice. I pray you don't.

 

It'll be what it'll be.  I've been dealing with a lot worse than an ice storm lately, so I'll be fine.  I will be ready.   :thumbs:


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Posted March 01, 2014 - 08:59 AM

NOAA is downplaying this storm for my area now.  Mostly rain, then switching over to light snow.  Milking is finished and need to move a new calf to the barn, put momma in with the milking herd, and go ahead & hook MF2705 to generator just in case.  I also have an issue with the MF285 now.  One remote circuit isn't working to close the discharge door on the silage mixer/feeder wagon.  ALWAYS something going wrong.


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Posted March 01, 2014 - 09:02 AM

I hope it doesn't get too nasty there. We may see 1/4" ice and possibly 3" of snow depending on how it tracks.


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Posted March 01, 2014 - 09:14 AM

I hope it doesn't get too nasty there. We may see 1/4" ice and possibly 3" of snow depending on how it tracks.

 

If NOAA has the right prediction, then you will have more foul weather than I will here.  Hope yours isn't very bad Kenny.  Or anyone else for that matter.  We've ALL suffered this season.


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Posted March 01, 2014 - 09:22 AM

I hope it's not as bad as they have predicted in any of the area's.  Sound like California is taking a beating right now.  We're supposed to get some rain but that is about it and it is supposed to be out of here by mid morning Monday.


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Posted March 01, 2014 - 09:40 AM

Here it depends on which hits first, the moisture or the cold!



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Posted March 01, 2014 - 12:38 PM

 I also have an issue with the MF285 now.  One remote circuit isn't working to close the discharge door on the silage mixer/feeder wagon.  ALWAYS something going wrong.

 

Well now, wasn't the hydraulics on the tractor.  I swapped the hoses to the other circuit which I knew was working, and the door's cylinder still wouldn't move.  I took the cylinder off the wagon & into the shop.  The ram was stuck solid.  The cylinder seal cap's retaining clip was broken, making it impossible to get the cylinder apart.  But as I was working things trying, the ram suddenly wasn't locked.  I had tried prying, hammering on a pin through the clevis, and nothing worked, then it more or less comes loose almost on it's own.  There must have been something lodged between the cylinder wall & the piston, but all I know is it now works fine.  I manually worked the ram in & out many times as fast as I could, hoping whatever the foreign object was, that it got blown out.  Didn't see anything though.  Anyway, it's back on the wagon & working perfectly.

  Let momma cow out, then moved the calf to a pen.  Calf is kind of weak, so it'll need some TLC.  Then I got my Massey 1655 diesel out & used the loader to place several molasses lick tubs in the concrete silage feeders.  Then I figured the garden was dry enough to spread out the huge compost pile.  Almost finished when Teresa hollered dinner time.  So I'll go finish that in a few minutes.  

  Turns out not too bad a day so far.  


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Posted March 01, 2014 - 01:31 PM

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