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Posted September 11, 2012 - 03:43 PM

If I had the few million dollars required for a manure digester, then I wouldn't need it, as I'd retire from dairy farming! :smilewink:
Today was hoof trimming day. I trimmed the 11 most needing to be trimmed, plus the bull had an exposed ulcer on the back of his right front hoof. This is hard work, but has to be done. I will do more another day, as we have hay to roll tomorrow, and many other things to tend to.

Here is #212 with some overgrown hooves.

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Same hoof "After". Could use a little more, but you can't take too much at one time.

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One of #212's Back hooves and her on the table:

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Same hoof "After". This hoof is deformed, and never can be made perfect, but she can walk comfortably if kept trimmed.

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And the most nerve wracking to get into the trim table....the BULL! He did not want to cooperate, so I was ready to climb the walls! He finally went in though.

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Now to go feed silage & check the electric fence.

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Posted September 11, 2012 - 08:16 PM

Nice pictures. I'm a little intrigued by your tilting table. We would run our cattle into a crush, then lift the hooves and tie them up with a rope when we had to do any work on them. Of course then you had to work through the bars of the crush, and if you were at the rear, then gravity was NOT your friend LOL!

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Posted September 11, 2012 - 08:41 PM

Done the "raising the hoof" method, and don't miss it. Once tilted over, most cows don't fight much at all, if any. We built this tilt table from scratch with old Ford factory parts racks. The electric motor is maybe 1/2hp, but huge, as it's likely 60yrs old....an old open frame cast motor. We use what we have around when we can.

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Posted September 12, 2012 - 03:12 PM

Been roll baling hay. Man is my neck stiff from being turned round half the time. Rolled 90+ 4'x5' rolls. Had some hydraulic sticking, so the counter isn't accurate as it shows 117, but I had to raise the door up & down several times, throwing the counter each time. This Massey roller makes some tight rolls. Hit it with your fist & it's like a brick. Hay is good & dry, so hauling it into the hay shed right off. Not enough room inside, so some will have to stay outside.

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Posted September 12, 2012 - 03:24 PM

Glad you got the bales done. Getting them hauled & stashed is the fun part now. I have loaded semi's (2 bales high) with these using a front loader and grapple (SP). Lots of fun when you have three days loading 2 semis about 8 times a day. I would spend the in between time setting the bales together for a load. All the drivers had to do was pull in between the stacks.

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Posted September 12, 2012 - 05:58 PM

A couple pics of the field. 20 or so bales already hauled out at this point.

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Posted September 12, 2012 - 07:13 PM

Just drove around the field for a better count. Looks like about 80 still in the field, and at least 20 already hauled out. So a solid 100 bales for today. Took me about 3 hours. I know I didn't drive but a short distance & the buzzer would sound to tie off. Over 30 bales an hour...not bad at all. The late season rains really made the hay come back!

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Posted September 12, 2012 - 07:23 PM

Glad you're getting some food for Bessie finally. I was starting to worry that you'd never get the rain and all I'd have for my cereal would be powdered milk...

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Posted September 12, 2012 - 07:27 PM

Will this give you enough to make it through the winter and spring? Sure looks like pretty country up that way.

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Posted September 12, 2012 - 07:31 PM

Will this give you enough to make it through the winter and spring? Sure looks like pretty country up that way.


Oh yes, we don't depend heavily on hay like we do on silage. We have plenty of both now! :dancingbanana: Just wish we had more corn for grain. We'll shell the 38 or so acres of corn in about 2 weeks. I figure 80bu/acre tops, or about 1/2 the corn we feed in a year. That means purchasing about 3500bu of corn at almost $8/bu. $28,000.00 direct loss due to the dry year just in corn losses. Could be worse, as it is for many farmers, so I feel pretty blessed at this point.

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Posted September 12, 2012 - 07:35 PM

Good to hear you can salvage a decent hay crop from this dry year. Those bales must be pretty heavy.

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Posted September 12, 2012 - 07:40 PM

Glad to hear things are picking up Daniel.

Farm life is hard enough even without having to fight Mother Nature but then all farmers have to be weather watchers just to adjust your priorities. Most that can happen weatherwise to me is I get hot or cold walking to the shop.

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Posted September 12, 2012 - 07:46 PM

I'm also glad you were able to salvage something out of this year's crop's. Let's hope next year is a better year.

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Posted September 12, 2012 - 08:10 PM

Good to hear you can salvage a decent hay crop from this dry year. Those bales must be pretty heavy.


Right around 1,000lbs each.

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Posted September 13, 2012 - 05:54 AM

Dan was this your second cut? Do you wrap them if stored outside?




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