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#4651 Craig. OFFLINE  

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Posted January 02, 2015 - 10:15 PM

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Posted January 02, 2015 - 11:57 PM

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Posted January 03, 2015 - 12:05 PM

What a day so far!  Milking was a tough one this morning.  Dad comes in & stands at the door while I'm dealing with an ornery cow, having a hard time getting a kicker on.  When he came in it got much more difficult.  Dad doesn't catch on that his standing there makes the front cows extremely nervous.  Finally got her milked.  5 new heifers to milk too, and one of them we weren't sure if she had a calf last night, or if the calf was in the birth canal (couldn't find a calf in field).  Well, it was in the birth canal, as in the holding pen, she had 2 feet sticking out this morning, and back feet upside down... breach.  So part way into milking I have to stop & get her separated, then put into a calving stall.  Then Dad comes back to the parlor about putting his new well pressure tank in.  He's switched to county water while his well is shut down.  I tell him where the new tank is, but he comes back in as he can't find it.  Dad gets things all rattled for me when he keeps coming in the parlor about other things. I told him I'd be out later to install the tank.  Milking needs to be just milking.  It's way crazy as it is without outside distractions.  Anyway, got the cows milked and got to the house for a bite of breakfast.  Josh was gonna come help me with pulling the calf, as breach almost ALWAYS requires pulling.  But when I went to get things ready, gates set up, then she walks right into the locking trim chute!  I call Josh & tell him not to come, as I have this.  Used a winch calf puller & calf pulled out easy.  Calf alive & well, but new momma wouldn't tend it.  luckily, another heifer in there had a calf last night, and she took over tending the new calf!  Sure glad she did, as it's critical for the calf to get the stimulation from momma licking them clean.  Got tools gathered to go to Dad's to put in the new tank, but Dad had it installed already!  

  Still have tonight's chores to get through, but then I'm off till Monday morning, and I physically & mentally need it.  It's been a tough, very tough time since my hospital stay.

  But at least our milk production is rising.  We're up from a low of 41 cows to 52 with more ready to calve.  


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Posted January 03, 2015 - 12:21 PM

Is it common for a cow to no care for their calf and another to take over?



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Posted January 03, 2015 - 12:22 PM

Did you test that pressure tank? Just thinking here!



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Posted January 03, 2015 - 12:38 PM

Did you test that pressure tank? Just thinking here!

 

Yep, it's a bladder tank, and the bladder was busted.  You can get a bladder kit, but not worth the effort for money saved.  better to replace the whole tank.


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Posted January 03, 2015 - 12:39 PM

Is it common for a cow to no care for their calf and another to take over?

 

Not too often a momma won't care for her calf.  I'd say 2% don't.  But another cow will often claim them, especially one that had recently calved herself.


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Posted January 03, 2015 - 01:56 PM

Yep, it's a bladder tank, and the bladder was busted.  You can get a bladder kit, but not worth the effort for money saved.  better to replace the whole tank.

I was more thinking of after your Dad installed it, just to be sure no leaks showed!


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Posted January 03, 2015 - 03:19 PM

I was more thinking of after your Dad installed it, just to be sure no leaks showed!

 

Oh, he said it had a tiny tiny weep at a plastic joint on plastic barb.  I'm going out there with a heat gun to warm the plastic pipe while tightening some.


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Posted January 03, 2015 - 03:27 PM

These last few days for Dan sort of sound like my last 20 years after my D.V.T. was taken care of . One detail after another after another .  Somebody has to help Dan with his need to prop up his legs on a regular basis .


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Posted January 03, 2015 - 03:31 PM

These last few days for Dan sort of sound like my last 20 years after my D.V.T. was taken care of . One detail after another after another .  Somebody has to help Dan with his need to prop up his legs on a regular basis .

If I were closer, I'd be there every day helping out what I can!


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Posted January 03, 2015 - 03:32 PM

These last few days for Dan sort of sound like my last 20 years after my D.V.T. was taken care of . One detail after another after another .  Somebody has to help Dan with his need to prop up his legs on a regular basis .

 

Fred, when I hit my recliner every night, I put a pillow under my right leg.  Helps!


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Posted January 03, 2015 - 03:33 PM

If I were closer, I'd be there every day helping out what I can!

 

I know that Kenny, and believe it or not, that truly does help.   :thumbs:   Soon to go out & feed in the rain.


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Posted January 03, 2015 - 07:03 PM

Woohoo....milking went slick tonight.  Yes I have those 2 or 3 "B" cows, but I got their number & know how to deal with them.  And no, it's not with a hammer or shock prod....that makes it worse.  Put them in front going into the parlor so they can't lunge & push forward.  They're up against a steel gate.  Then there's nothing in the way to impede putting a kicker on them.  Lock em down & milk em!  No problems with any of the new heifers either.  Now I'm off the clock till Monday am.  :dancingbanana:   Time to breathe.


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Posted January 03, 2015 - 07:25 PM

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