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Posted October 12, 2014 - 06:18 PM

Glad the Jeep is cooperating for you! Hope the cow does too!

 

Well, now there's a 2nd cow down.  #304 got her leg hung between the concrete & the lower corral 2x10.  She then fell over, locking her leg in place.  Josh got her leg pried out, but she made no attempt to get up, and over the phone I advised it best to let her lay there & rest a while.  I was going to trim this cow's  and a few more tomorrow morning.  Have to wait & see how she does.  We can't take any more of this stupid stuff.  The vet had no idea why the cow he checked yesterday is down, unless it's nerve damage.  


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Posted October 12, 2014 - 06:45 PM

It's been over an hour since Josh called me about the cow that got her leg stuck.  I just went down there, slapped her ear, and she got right up with no problem.  She hobbled off fine.  Her back right foot has a heel wart I will be tending in the morning, and once I work on that, she'll feel much better.  Her almost not using that foot at all is causing her a bad gate, which is surely what caused her to get her leg hung like she did.  At least there's just one cow down now.  Never a break though.  At least before cell phones you were in ignorant bliss when away from home.


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Posted October 12, 2014 - 07:31 PM

  At least before cell phones you were in ignorant bliss when away from home.

I live in one dead zone and work in a not-so-clear zone, not so nice to find thing out after the fact.

 

Another look at it would be thankfully so you could save her before further injury or you would be down a milker, glad to read she hobbled away ok.


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Posted October 13, 2014 - 07:56 AM

Another cow laying in the holding pen and didn't wanna get up this morning.  She's always acted weird at getting up.  I have this cow, the one that got her leg hung, and a 3rd with a heal wart separated to trim after lunch.  Heading to town to get some decent used tires & new tubes for the front of the 283 Massey.  Had one split yesterday.  


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Posted October 13, 2014 - 10:45 AM

Got a good tire & new tube mounted on the Massey 283.  The back of my truck was a mess, so Teresa shamed me by taking charge to get it cleaned up.  Just finished finding homes for all the stuff that was tossed in the bed.  Gonna eat a bite of lunch, then trim the 3 cows.  Picked up Josh & I a pair each of nice insulated rubber boots.  Normally $150 a pair on sale for $99.  Still ouches to give that much, but cold feet don't get much work done, cold weather isn't that far away, and the sale will end soon.


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Posted October 13, 2014 - 02:21 PM

Normally $150 a pair on sale for $99.  Still ouches to give that much, but cold feet don't get much work done, cold weather isn't that far away, and the sale will end soon.

 

Who has them on sale? I need a couple pair myself!


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Posted October 13, 2014 - 02:24 PM

Got 4 cows trimmed.  I had to medicate & bandage wrap a total of 4 feet, 2 due to heal warts, and 2 due to abscesses I had to cut out.  All walked better as soon as I let them loose.  Pinched nerves & trimming cows is a bad mix, but what isn't!  Got the job done, and that's what matters.  I forgot to set a gate back when putting one cow in the chute, and she rammed through the opening & broke off a street L hydraulic NPT fitting in the tilt table valve body.  Had to drive a punch into the threaded portion in the body, and it turned right out, new fitting in and back in business.  I'm calling my work done until feeding time.


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Posted October 13, 2014 - 02:28 PM

Who has them on sale? I need a couple pair myself!

 

My local Southern States Coop store.  The green rubber insulated were just $20 cheaper than these, which have rubber bottom 1/3 with the upper being that dense foam/fabric in camo.  Very warm and comfortable.  Was gonna give you a link, but found Southern State's website is down at the moment.


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Posted October 13, 2014 - 05:01 PM

My local Southern States Coop store.  The green rubber insulated were just $20 cheaper than these, which have rubber bottom 1/3 with the upper being that dense foam/fabric in camo.  Very warm and comfortable.  Was gonna give you a link, but found Southern State's website is down at the moment.

 

That's ok, the wife is in Southern States at least once a week. Chicken feed, dog food, donkey feed..... they never run out at the same time.


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Posted October 13, 2014 - 09:32 PM

You had some busy days, Daniel. Hope the cows manage to stay on their feet for you.

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Posted October 13, 2014 - 11:43 PM

COW: God's experiment to see just how much stupid he could pack into one animal.


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Posted October 14, 2014 - 07:30 AM

COW: God's experiment to see just how much stupid he could pack into one animal.

 

You certainly got that right David!  This morning first thing I see when getting the cows in by flashlight.....the bull standing in the pouring rain at the feeders.  I knew he was stuck.  Sure enough, he somehow managed to get his nose ring stuck on a strap bracket holding the apron boards to the concrete feeders.  I have never seen these brackets not flat against the concrete, but somehow he got that ring behind it, then pulled up so tight that I couldn't drive it down.  So in the pouring rain I had to go get bolt cutters & free this dumb animal from his own stupidity.  Bovines are about the stupidest animal walking this earth!

  Still a raining, so won't get a lot accomplished today, but my left arm/shoulder is hurting me, so I'm good with that.  


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Posted October 16, 2014 - 07:46 AM

Got some insulation put up on the inside shop wall during yesterday's rain.  Lots of pain down my arm & into my shoulder though, about the worst yet.  Looking like a visit to a specialist soon.  I just can't get as much work done like I am.  

  This morning I discovered a cooling fan on one of the compressors is either shot, or it's capacitor is shot.  Motor heats up & thermal protector shuts it down.  I have a window fan rigged up to keep it going for now.  Going out in a few to test the capacitor.  If it's good, then I'll pull the fan to replace the motor.

  Dairy meeting this afternoon in Louisville.  I don't feel like going, but I signed on for the duty, so I'll be there.


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Posted October 16, 2014 - 03:01 PM

Drove the Jeep at least 7 times to town since leaving out the 2 screws i  the Jeep's ECM......she's never missed a beat since!  One trip to Louisville even and running super.   Sure hope she keeps this up!


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Posted October 16, 2014 - 03:17 PM

Boy Daniel, I know that has to be a relief to you for sure. There isn't anything worse then the wife being broke down on the side of the road. Glad you have a handle on it!! :thumbs:


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