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Posted June 26, 2014 - 07:34 PM

New Holland grinder/mixer...can't remember model # (354 or 355?).

  Today has been terrible.  100 mile round trip after morning milking for concrete reinforcement wire sheets....that went ok.    Then went to rake, and I seen several teeth missing, but got the little field raked, and would have done more....but then....flat tire on rake...tire shot.  Limp home & run to Hodgenville....nobody has this common 5.50x12 trailer tire.  Got a hydraulic hose for tractor that blew the lift circuit hose on the remotes.  Then go to get rake teeth, and I forgot to bring one.  No way to match as there are a good dozen different types I find out.  Go home disgusted.  Get silage fed, then run back to Campbellsville & neither Walmart or TSC has this tire, so I just get a 4.80x12.  Hay needs raked!  Come home, get the tire on.   Then put the hose on tractor & no pressure to lift circuit!  It blew the dang hose for heaven's sake!  It has down pressure still, but not up!  So hot out, then all these problems.  The stupid calves bawled the entire time I was at the shop, and they were just fed 2 hours ago!  Cannot wait to get a shop clean away from them!  They drive me absolutely nuts!


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Posted June 26, 2014 - 07:46 PM

Gee. Time to sit down a while.


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Posted June 26, 2014 - 08:26 PM

Gee. Time to sit down a while.

 

That's exactly what I'm doing.  Tomorrow won't be an easy day unless it rains.  I need to roll this hay, but honestly, I need the rain more, but not for a restful day...it's getting dry, too dry.  My yard is turning brown at the tips.  Corn still looks good, but not growing much.


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Posted June 26, 2014 - 08:27 PM

So sorry to hear of your troubles.

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Posted June 26, 2014 - 09:15 PM

Jeeze, :wtf: we just got hammered with around 6 inches of rain last night and im only a day away from you.

 

I really hope tommorrow goes better for you, sending some rain your way but not before you bale.


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Posted June 26, 2014 - 09:30 PM

Daniel,

The shop is looking very good, I wish I had that much square footage but then I don't have the large equipment requirements you have.

 

Up here overhead doors on the eve side of a metal roofed building will get you many hours of extra work digging out after "snow events".  Thankfully down your way not a problem though.


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Posted June 27, 2014 - 08:19 AM

You sure do give us a good look on how hard it is for the everyday farmer to make a living and struggle. Feel for ya buddy!

At least you are smart enough to take a few mins break, sometimes I just have to walk away for a few and go at it again.

 

 

Hate to hear of your rain plight. yesterday was the first day since Sunday we DIDN'T have rain. I was actually able to cut part of mom's grass last night, been almost 2 weeks. Amazing how the weather can be so different just a couple hours away


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Posted June 27, 2014 - 09:51 AM

So far, so good today.  Milked the cows, put the new tire/wheel on the rake.  Then dug 2 post holes for the electric poles to the shop before taking the digger off.  Then ran the tedder over most of the hay. Not all needed it....just the thick areas.  Now in for a quick break, then to finish putting 40 new rake teeth in.  After lunch it's rake, then bale.  Once I finish rolling, then it's feeding time & I punch out till Sunday morning!  :dancingbanana:


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Posted June 27, 2014 - 09:55 AM

 

Up here overhead doors on the eve side of a metal roofed building will get you many hours of extra work digging out after "snow events".  Thankfully down your way not a problem though.

 

Well, there will be some days it will be a problem, as it will form ice to where we can't get back into the shed.  The way the ground lays, we can't put a door on the end wall or when we get heavy downpours, rain would run into the shop.  When finished, that end will have a dugout channel to ferry water away from the wall.  I plan to put guttering from end to end of the 2 doors to help prevent icy problems.


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Posted June 27, 2014 - 10:24 AM

Got all the broken teeth replaced, and will put more new in later.  Breaking for early lunch to let hay dry more, then I'll rake/roll the dry spots.  I think (hoping on hope) today will end in a better note than many days have lately.


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Posted June 27, 2014 - 03:29 PM

Whooty Hoo..........Hay is DUNN done!  Only made 41 rolls, where one year it made around 70+.  But with the poor stand, it did better than I ever thought it would.  That puts our hay stocks back to around 150 rolls.   If we can just get some rain, then we'll get at least one more cutting if not 2.  Once we combine the 4 acres of wheat next week, I might drill in some Sudex or similar fast growing plant. A good stand of Sudex churns out the rolls.


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Posted June 27, 2014 - 06:11 PM

Glad to hear your done making hay for today. Sure hope Y'all get some rain.
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Posted June 27, 2014 - 06:17 PM

Glad the hay is rolled and you have some time to yourself. But, I'm sure there is plenty of things to do as yet!


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Posted June 27, 2014 - 06:18 PM

Glad to hear your done making hay for today. Sure hope Y'all get some rain.

 

Thanks....I can see some spots in the corn twisting.  There is a "small" spot of rain heading our way, but it looks to be breaking up.


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Posted June 27, 2014 - 06:22 PM

Glad the hay is rolled and you have some time to yourself. But, I'm sure there is plenty of things to do as yet!

 

NO farm work for me tomorrow.  Teresa & I will likely get out for most of the day.  Seems if I try to stay home & rest, people stop by all day needing favors.  I do a lot of favors, but tomorrow I'm favoring myself!  :thumbs:   Likely just go out to eat, then get some groceries...nothing special.  If I do anything GT wise, it'll be late in the day or evening.  I need to make a couple more plow gauge kits, and get Scott's packed up to ship.


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