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Posted July 17, 2014 - 03:41 PM

Heading to the parlor now.  Only 42 in the string now, and 2 of those are treated & milk must be dumped.  Never milked so few in my whole life!


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Posted July 17, 2014 - 03:49 PM

Must be frustrating to have this happen when milk prices are high. Good luck!


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Posted July 17, 2014 - 04:59 PM

Look ahead Daniel, not down, think about building stock and while your waiting/looking take the time to fix a few loose ends.

 

How are we looking in regards to rain for the corn ?



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Posted July 17, 2014 - 05:22 PM

Must be frustrating to have this happen when milk prices are high. Good luck!

 

YES IT IS!   But if prices were down, I'd have already been in dire straits!  I can get a low interest 5yr loan on cows, so I am thinking to buy quite a few if I can find quality stock.

  I need to find my source of the mastitis pathogen before I bring more cows in though...if I can.  Sometimes you can't find it, but the main thing is to stop the spread between cows, which we have implemented some measures already.

  It's either get this straightened out....or go out of the dairy business, which I plan to go out when I'm good & ready, not because I have to. 


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Posted July 18, 2014 - 10:06 AM

Found more things still needing attention prior to pouring concrete for the shop floor tomorrow morning.  But I "think" all the ducks are in a row now.  Heading to the FSA office in a while to make a crop report before the Tuesday deadline.  I need to get this in, or I won't qualify for any disaster payments should there be any offered.  Looking like there's gonna be a disaster program around these parts.


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Posted July 18, 2014 - 07:31 PM

Worn flat out, plus my arthritis has flared, and hands sore like I've beat them with a hammer.  After milking tonight, I've been sledge-hammering a section of collapsed broken concrete from a feed alleyway.  Got about 12 square feet broken up & removed so I can put in new concrete tomorrow while we do the garage pour.....that is if weather allows any pouring tomorrow.  I should sleep like a brick tonight.


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Posted July 18, 2014 - 07:45 PM

I know what you're saying about the arthritis. What a stupid disease.  You can still work, but it hurts like hell.  Best cure I've found is beer and whining to the wife.

 

As for the cows, may you always have some around.  


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Posted July 19, 2014 - 06:38 AM

I called off the concrete order.  Just too much chance for rain....60%, plus they specifically pointed out SE of Elizabethtown, which is .........ME!  That was 4:50 am, and now more rain has developed just 25 miles south of me headed my direction.  We'll try next Saturday, which is the next chance, as these guys all have construction jobs weekdays.


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Posted July 19, 2014 - 06:59 AM

I hope you get the moisture!



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Posted July 19, 2014 - 07:28 AM

I made the right call.  Heavy mist, similar to Fall weather coming down now, with some general rain soon to follow.  Nothing to end this drought, but certainly enough to have been tough on fresh concrete.  Glad I called it off.

  I just finished fixing Teresa's clothes washer, and she's sure happy about that!   :D

If we had been able to pour concrete today, it would have been difficult at best for me.  My hands still hurt if I grip to anything. 


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Posted July 19, 2014 - 07:58 AM

Sure did make the right call.  Was drizzle, now a light rain.  Very light, but enough to have washed the concrete of the portland cement.


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Posted July 19, 2014 - 08:44 AM

Maybe the concrete wouldn't have liked it, but I bet the corn is a lot happier right now :thumbs:


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Posted July 19, 2014 - 09:08 AM

Maybe the concrete wouldn't have liked it, but I bet the corn is a lot happier right now :thumbs:

 

Yes, the corn is smiling....me too!  :thumbs:​   Still a heavy drizzling out, so I am Soooooooooooo happy I called off the concrete!  Looks like a couple more hours at least of this drizzle.


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Posted July 19, 2014 - 09:55 AM

On the one hand you need rain for the corn and then on the other you need it clear for the concrete.  One heck of a position to be in! :wallbanging:   We have a good chance of rain for the next 4 or 5 days so maybe you will get some as well and then clear for the weekend so you can pour.


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Posted July 19, 2014 - 10:30 AM

It's still a heavy drizzling rain, so it's helping more than one might think.  100% is going into the ground.  I think it will keep this up till after noon time.  VERY welcomed!  Maybe we can pull off a decent corn crop yet.


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