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Posted November 10, 2012 - 08:37 PM

Oh my. Hope she is ok.
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Posted November 10, 2012 - 09:37 PM

Prayers are with Betty. Hope everything turns out ok Daniel.
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Posted November 11, 2012 - 12:37 PM

She is going to be ok.... Betty Update

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Posted November 11, 2012 - 12:39 PM

Great news!! Hope she has speedy recovery. :thumbs:
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Posted November 11, 2012 - 12:50 PM

FIL just called & she may have a broken rib & cracked sternum, but will heal on it's own. They are doing one more set of x-rays, and a 3rd CAT scan of the bleed, just to be certain. At this point they say she should come home tomorrow evening.

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Posted November 13, 2012 - 03:02 PM

Been working on the silage wagon to repair the sliding feedout gate slides. A few of the bolts had sheared, and allowed the gate to swivel sideways, bending the slides all out of shape. The door would hardly ever shut, so had to be fixed now before something broke bad....like the hydraulic cylinder shaft!
Anyways, this slide is repaired well, but the camera battery went dead on me when I went to take a "fixed" pic.

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This pic shows where the patches ends, and the new holes in the floor begin. This is also patched now, but no pic.

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This shows the inside. It is very hard on the joints getting down in there working, and always wears my butt out doing the smallest job in there. Dad kept saying if we got the new floor parts sheared & bent that we could do it in one day. I told him today NO WAY, and we WOULD be renting a feed mixer wagon to do this major repair.
The lower auger bolts in at the ends, so I will remove this large auger for easy access. Plus, this way we won't have to shear the floor plate into 2 parts to get it under the auger. One piece will be much stronger, and eliminate welding a seam down the center length. Dad wanted to just go 8', but I'm going the entire length, as it is still worn a lot past the 8' mark. No sense in going to all this trouble & doing a half-a job.

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I also want to cut a new face plate for this end where all the pressure is from the mixing. Do it now & avoid another problem later.

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This is the feedout door & augers. I will have to place the new floor in, then mark from the inside to get it perfect, then remove the floor & plasma cut the 8" that will have to be cut for the opening.

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This is the underside of the front of the mixer wagon. It has patches on the inside & outside now, so it's time to fix her right & stop patching over patches.

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Posted November 13, 2012 - 03:04 PM

Oh, and now I have to go work on one of the supplement bin augers. It's locked solid with feed because the drop tube stopped up, packing the soybean meal TIGHT! Wore the belt almost useless, but hope to get it to pull it till I can get to town for another, that is once I get the auger free.

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Posted November 13, 2012 - 03:09 PM

Fun stuff. Always better to fix it right the first time.

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Posted November 13, 2012 - 06:27 PM

I agree with you on fixing it right. It's been patched enough. Do it once and you can forget about it for a while.

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Posted November 16, 2012 - 09:10 AM

Milked the cows this am, now loading 3 cull cows on the trailer & taking to cattle market. 2 old cows with hips worn out, and one younger one that just won't give any milk.

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Posted November 16, 2012 - 03:14 PM

Not a bad day so far. Milked the cows, hauled off the cull cattle, then cut loose one side of 150' of shade cloth over the cow feeder area. Then Josh & I pulled it back & tied it to the one side for the winter. Ground a load of hog feed for a neighbor, now time for a cup of coffee or 2 before milking tonight.
I'm off duty tomorrow, so I may go pick up the Jacobsen 1000 "Chief".

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Posted November 16, 2012 - 05:11 PM

Glad the day went well. Hope tomorrow goes better! You'll like that old Jake!

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Posted November 26, 2012 - 03:08 PM

Got a tough one. Just found a cow struggling with calving. Knew she was in trouble due to no feet showing. Calf is breach and worse, the rear feet are pointing forward with just the calf's rear end trying to come first, which will NOT happen. I tried without obstetrical chain to pull the feet around, but no go. Got my chain now & heading back to see what I can do. If I can't get it out, then I'll have to call a vet for help. I would take pics, but it's hard to do with one's arms shoulder deep into the rear of a cow!

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Posted November 26, 2012 - 03:31 PM

Fun, Fun!!!! I remember similar situations on my uncle's dairy farm.

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Posted November 26, 2012 - 04:05 PM

SUCCESS! :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: My arms were about shot (arthritis), but finally I got one of the rear feet out. The other came easily after the 1st. With her help, I got the calf pulled by hand instead of using the winch puller. And to top it off, the bull calf was alive & well! Usually after so much straining the calf will be dead.

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Been a VERY BUSY day. Josh took the day off, so just me & Dad on duty. Dad fed silage this morning, then helped me get the retired electric poles out of the field.

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There's 2 more yet to get in, and several ends that we cut off the big ends to use as fence corner posts. A couple are in this pile...the biggest ones. The little long one on top is the top end of one they just cut the top out of due to my telephone line to the barn being connected to. Phone company will remove the rest when they redo my line.

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Then after lunch I took our Cat 910 payloader a mile up the road to cut a level 24x40 spot for their future garage. Had to cut 18" off the one side, then move that to the lower side to get it level. After this is when I found the cow in distress. Now to feed silage & get ready to milk again. Yep, kinda tired, but SO glad the cow & calf are both safe & well! :thumbs:




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