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Posted August 15, 2014 - 05:56 AM

You're progressing good, Daniel! Hope your knee pain doesn't get too troublesome for you.
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Posted August 15, 2014 - 06:48 AM

Hopefully you can get it under roof.
Know the feeling on the knees, mine don't listen to me either.
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Posted August 15, 2014 - 10:16 AM

Well, the weebies slowed me a lot first half of the morning, so not all the purlins got put on today.  We did however finish the front.

 

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I think we like 8 on the rear half.

 

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That's it for the shop today, as it's hay time this afternoon.  I figure we'll do good to get 20+ rolls today, where we normally get 3 to 4 times that amount, but still glad to get any after all the dry weather we went through.  


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Posted August 15, 2014 - 10:41 AM

New shop is taking shape! It looks big! It's pouring rain here today so no hay making hereabouts!


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Posted August 15, 2014 - 01:34 PM

Won't take much more work before you start hanging tin Daniel. Looking great!!
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Posted August 15, 2014 - 03:13 PM

Today was just not a speedy day.  Had a flat on the square hay baler, so had to change it out, but had a good used tire to mount on it's rim.  All the raking took quite a while, then I baled the trailer load of hay.  By that time it was well after 3, and I was worn out.  I usually start the milking chores at 4:30, so no time for me to roll the hay, Dad was worn out, and Josh had a big event to go to.  No rain expected, so I'm rolling the rest of the hay tomorrow.  I was most concerned of getting the square bales, as we are down to 3 bales for the little calves.  All the sheds are full, and I didn't want to block the current shop, so I parked the trailer of hay in the new shop, under the original 12' of roof.  The first official "non-shop related" use of the shop!  


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Posted August 15, 2014 - 05:31 PM

Good to hear of the hay coming in and the first real use of the new roof.



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Posted August 16, 2014 - 01:00 PM

Got the hay rolled.  Made 24 rolls, plus 72 small square bales.  Man has it been hectic for a Saturday.  Milked cows first of course, then got things ready to roll, tarp pulled back off rolled hay stack, rolled hay, ate lunch, then got the bred heifers up.  Got them in headlocks, then separated 2 that are real close to calving.  Got another fresh heifer with calf in, then checked on the OTHER heifer & 2 cows that calved since morning milking.   One stillborn bull calf.  Gotta go get momma in after Dad finishes bringing in the rolled bales.  I gotta put the electric wire to the hay field back up to get the cow in.  Just put new fuses in one of the electric fence boxes, as lightning blew both the other day.  Got milkers set up for evening milking, and tossed a load of cow wash cloths in the washer.

  Wish I'd have had a dose of knock-down from the vet, as the nutty heifer was locked up, and in the better fortified cow lot when I locked all the heifers up.  I can't wait to sell that lunatic!

  Sure be glad when I shut that parlor door behind me after milking this evening!  35 hours off the clock sure will be nice!  But then I hope 16 hours of that is 2 good night's sleep!


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Posted August 16, 2014 - 07:12 PM

Daniel...Hope you can get some good sleep and rest time!

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Posted August 16, 2014 - 07:57 PM

Nothing better than a full 8 hours. I crashed last night. Fell asleep at 10 and didn't roll out of bed till 11. That is odd for me but I must of needed it. Even slept through a crying newborn
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Posted August 17, 2014 - 12:15 PM

Slept a good 10 hours! I did wake at my usual time, but resisted the urge to get up.  Fell back asleep, awoke a time or 2, but right back to sleep till 9am.  Felt great!  Got dressed & went to Huddle House for breakfast.  Then to TSC for some needed supplies, oil/etc, then on to Lowes for four fire extinguishers.  Need a new one for the shop, and being it's about silage time, one for the chopper tractor, the hauling truck, and one for the payloader.  Once you've had a fire of any kind, keeping extinguishers on hand stays on your mind. Cheap insurance for sure.  

  Been raining, and a little more on the way.  I don't mind rain a bit after the dry summer.  Let it rain!


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Posted August 17, 2014 - 12:24 PM

Sounds like a good start to your rest day for sure. I am enjoying my first day off in 22 days myself and slept for almost 10 hrs. Glad you got the hay all finished for now, maybe with the rains your seeing, you'll get one more cut before growing season is over. Take it easy today and rest up best you can.


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Posted August 17, 2014 - 12:34 PM

Brian, we have enough hay now to get us through, but just that, none extra.  If we get another cutting, then we'll have a little hay "cushion".  Yes, enjoying my day to the max.  Gonna go down to the shop & do some more straightening up, and put a new battery in my Massey 2055 if I get that far.  Yesterday was the hardest I've worked on a Saturday in months, or possibly years, but I got a lot done, and that feels good, even if the body doesn't.


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Posted August 17, 2014 - 02:20 PM

Sounds like you are having some good days (and nights), Daniel. Glad to hear it!!
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Posted August 17, 2014 - 02:33 PM

Glad you got some good rest! Good idea on the Fire Extinguishers.


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