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Posted August 09, 2014 - 06:45 PM

Glad you got some decent rain!  The day out probably helped with your attitude too!


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Posted August 10, 2014 - 07:38 AM

FINALLY GOT LUCKY! :dancingbanana:  :dancingbanana:  :dancingbanana:  :dancingbanana:  

 

 

Glad you got some decent rain!  The day out probably helped with your attitude too!

 

I thought the day out was why he got lucky but then I realized he was talking about rain.  :smilewink:


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Posted August 10, 2014 - 07:44 AM

I thought the day out was why he got lucky but then I realized he was talking about rain.  :smilewink:

 

Ended my day off with a sick stomach that I still have this morning.  So "getting lucky" is the last thing I feel up for!  :smilewink:  :(

  New heifer broke gate chain on Josh yesterday, and before I got the cows to the holding pen to milk this morning, she tried jumping the lot gate, then got her leg hug up high between the hinged gates.  Had to crank up the Massey 362 & use the hay spike to lift her foot out of the mess she got herself into.  Dreaded the last group, figuring her to destroy the gate, but I just stood still & let her walk around.  She looked over the gate a couple times, then looked into the parlor.  She then walked in without my doing anything, and I washed & milked her without a kicker on her even.  She will likely come in fine now, but often the 2nd milking they begin kicking a bit.  1st time they are kinda "locked up".


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Posted August 10, 2014 - 08:15 AM

What do they use as anti kickers today. In my day it was a set up that went around the legs with a small chain hooked to the leg things.

 

:D   Al.



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Posted August 10, 2014 - 08:20 AM

What do they use as anti kickers today. In my day it was a set up that went around the legs with a small chain hooked to the leg things.

 

:D   Al.

 

Dad used those before I started milking, but remember them laying around.

 

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I use a simple kicker that hooks into their flank, then other end over their back.  They have adjustable buttons to adjust length to size of cow.

 

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Posted August 10, 2014 - 12:20 PM

That looks like a bent walker. Glad you got some rain. We got enough to start my own swamp.


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Posted August 10, 2014 - 01:29 PM

"1st time they are kinda "locked up".

 

Sort of like jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.  The first time is is exciting; the second time you know what's coming.


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Posted August 10, 2014 - 04:28 PM

Glad U got some rain Daniel. We have enough rain but cool temps. Lots of days with highs in seventies.
Not good for okra ro tomatoes, but green beans are going crazy.
I know what U mean about climbing & heights. I have a balance problem so if I climb a ladder I have to
hold on with at least one hand at all times.

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Posted August 10, 2014 - 04:45 PM

Glad to hear you got some rain Daniel. I hope things continue yo get better for you up there.

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Posted August 10, 2014 - 05:00 PM

Boy am o glad I don't have to milk cows for a living!!! You have way too much fun for me! I'll stick to my gardening and chickens thank you. Your a trooper, Dan, for sure!!

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Posted August 10, 2014 - 05:22 PM

Got the milking finished, and sure glad.  Not feeling well at all today.  The new heifer was still calm tonight.  Walked right into the parlor, washed & milked her again without a kicker, and she never lifted a foot!  :thumbs:


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Posted August 11, 2014 - 02:06 AM

Back when I was a kid we hand milked a dozen or so and would hobble the new milkers with a rope.  That was an adventure in itself.  Picked myself up out of the bedding a couple of times.


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Posted August 11, 2014 - 07:15 AM

Back when I was a kid we hand milked a dozen or so and would hobble the new milkers with a rope.  That was an adventure in itself.  Picked myself up out of the bedding a couple of times.

 

Did the rope thing myself, but much easier in a parlor than flat barn!  I'd just make a snare with the rope end looped around a stanchion pipe, get the cow to step into it, then pull the rope tight & tie off.  Still made for some exciting kicking action, but they couldn't do much more than vibrate the stanchions.

  New heifer still doing super....calm & cooperative.  RAIN about to hit, and looks like we'll get a good bit of it!  Gonna lay low as possible today so not to push myself.  Been feeling rough.  Gotta fix some free stalls today though.


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Posted August 11, 2014 - 07:21 AM

Heading due east, right at me!  May have another cutting of hay yet.  And for sure be mowing the yard, as it needs it now.

 

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Posted August 11, 2014 - 08:29 AM

Glad that Heifer calmed down.  Maybe it learned it's lesson and will be a good cow from here on out.  Last night I was watching AFV and there was one video where a cow head butt's a little girl (toddler) and I couldn't help but think, what is with the parents.  Especially after hearing about some of your stories.  That cow could have seriously hurt her before the parents or anyone could have done anything. Guess I'm just getting to old, I didn't see anything funny about that.


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