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#3181 olcowhand ONLINE  

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Posted June 04, 2014 - 11:15 AM

Here are some pics of the burned shed & where we will add a shop onto the large machinery shed.

 

Still hot under those ash piles.

 

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Here's where we will be adding on 30' to the existing shed.  The end 12' of the existing building will become part of the new shop, making it 42' long by 40 feet deep.

 

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And a pic of the chipper/shredder.  No time today to tinker with it I'm afraid.  Maybe this evening if it doesn't get too stormy out.  I doubt this has been used much at all.  Other than being dirty, it's in great shape.

 

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Posted June 04, 2014 - 03:06 PM

Thanks for pics.

poor 1 lonely corner post left standing :D

 

I have a Craftsman chipper/shredder in barn, dad bought it back in early 90's. I may get it out and use once every 2-3 yrs if that.

Yours looks hardly used.  



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Posted June 04, 2014 - 03:21 PM

Marty, the only reason I left that post is the AC comes in from the ground and up that post.  I need to redo that & keep the AC there to plug the loader's block heater into for winter.  May just build a small building there just to squeeze the loader into.


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Posted June 05, 2014 - 08:31 AM

Stressful morning.  Needed to spray the milking herd for flies.  Had issues with the sprayer, but got it done.  Mastitis has flared again in the herd, so spent an extra hour milking checking the culprits, treating just one at this point, and drying one off.  One just needs to go to market.  I also have a sick cow with uterine infection I must treat in a few minutes.  Her legs are barely holding her up right now.  Hope I can save her.  May take the load of burned roofing to the scrapper today if I get time, then go pick up a load of lumber for the new shop while I have the empty trailer near the lumber yard.


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Posted June 05, 2014 - 09:00 AM

The milking herd is getting kinda thin, isn't it? How much longer till some new cows/heifers start milking?



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Posted June 05, 2014 - 10:29 AM

Dried 3 off yesterday, and one today.  Down to 57 in the milking string, and 3 of them I have to dump due to treatments.  Yes, mighty thin...uncomfortably thin I might add.  But at least production per cow is at the highest we've had for years.  We do have some heifers getting close to calving, so I hope they're good ones.  One is about to pop that calf out.


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Posted June 05, 2014 - 10:46 AM

Got some electric fence repaired temporarily around the burned barn.  Truck is hooked to load of burned metal, so fixing to shed that, then load up on wood for the garage.

 

Oh, and if anyone is wondering, our cows are averaging 60 pounds of milk per cow per day, which is right at 7 gallons each.  By many dairies, that's not a high production, but for what we invest, 60lbs is very good.  Just need more cows.  Another dozen would be a good number. 


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Posted June 05, 2014 - 02:15 PM

Want me to grab you a couple of longhorns and email them to you. I am sure the guy will never notice. We still haven't figured out what he does with them other than let them graze. He has to sell some because there is always about the same amount in the field. They are neat to watch though. I want a set of horns.


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Posted June 06, 2014 - 11:38 AM

Well......it started out a good day..............

 

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After milking and clipping the small calf field, I took over Dad discbining the pasture fields in prep for rolling the hay.  I discovered a large sinkhole which couldn't be seen for the thick grass.  Was an abrupt & bumpy stop I'm tellin ya!  Got the other 2745 unhooked from the hay roller and fixing to head back to finish the job.  This 2745 limped home on the one front wheel, barely with the bumper clearing the ground.  Already found a used axle arm & it will be here by Tuesday.  I'll weld up the tie rod tomorrow so it will be ready to switch out the axle arm.

  Dad broke the left arm off the 2705 way back about 25 to 30 years ago, so at least I'm not the 1st here to do this. 

  Hoping the rest of the day goes better than this!


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Posted June 06, 2014 - 11:55 AM

Wow Daniel, that looks like it was an unbrupt stop, hope you didn't kiss the windshield.

 

While we were at plow day last fall, NASHCUB found a small hole that popped up while we were all plowing. We shoved a few big chunks of dirt in it some no one else would sink in it. Somebody's GT would've had same fate had he not seen it.

 

Waht would cause those? Old collapsed drain tiles or something?


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Posted June 06, 2014 - 12:22 PM

Yikes. Looks like that could have been a lot worse.

 

Tahoe Sinkhole are a Kentucky favorite past time for mother earth. Just ask the Corvette museum.


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Posted June 06, 2014 - 01:18 PM

Yikes. Looks like that could have been a lot worse.

 

Tahoe Sinkhole are a Kentucky favorite past time for mother earth. Just ask the Corvette museum.

 

Yea, and Daniel is just up the road a bit from that soooo  :poke:  :thumbs:



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Posted June 06, 2014 - 03:29 PM

 

While we were at plow day last fall, NASHCUB found a small hole that popped up while we were all plowing.  

 

Waht would cause those? Old collapsed drain tiles or something?

 

Yep, collapsed drain tiles is correct.  I thought I had found & filled all those, so glad you found them without injury or damage.  I'll scan the fields better this year. I didn't get all the hay mowed down.  Almost, but it's time to get ready to milk, so had to quit.  I DO NOT like using the MF2745 on the last hill, just below our chicken barn.  Just a half hour ago, I lost traction & she slid about 200 feet down the steepest section.  Full jack-knife too, and it was booking pretty fast....or at least sure felt like it!.  When I stopped, the front of the haybine was beside the tractor. During the slide I got the PTO out of gear so nothing in the drive-train would get hurt.  All was well & I mowed a while longer.  BUT, the way & direction I mowed on this steep section had to be adjusted.  Will take longer, but I will have to pick up, go back down a lesser incline, then drop in & come back up & around instead of directly up or down.  Time to milk, so gotta get.  I am worn out & still a good 2 hours to go.  Gonna be a 13hr+ day.


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Posted June 06, 2014 - 06:32 PM

Looks as if it was a clean break and didn't take out those filters or damage any sheet metal. I'd look the mounting points over real good to ensure no damage to the steering or other parts. I bet you will feel it in the morning.


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Posted June 06, 2014 - 07:32 PM

Wow, sounds like you had a wild tractor day. Glad you didn't get hurt the second go round.

 

I think that hole we found popped up as we were all  plowing so you may not have seen it. I think the last guy went over it and it caved in, then NashCub found it right before he hit it. 


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