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Posted January 09, 2015 - 04:34 PM

Glad to see you getting something completed. Sounds like you are getting back to BC (before clots). By Spring, you'll be doing flips!


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Posted January 09, 2015 - 04:34 PM

Good day Daniel, if I had known you only had 30 minutes for lunch I wouldn't have called you. Sounds like you got a great day today, enjoy your day off tomorrow. :thumbs:

 

Not a problem Brian, I took only what time I needed.  wanted to be sure to get it finished on time so I wouldn't be late milking.  Gotta head out the door in a minute.


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Posted January 09, 2015 - 07:11 PM

Milking went smooth enough, but there is yet another that snuck up on me and had a calf down the lane.  But this one is not a heifer, but that crazy heifer (now a full fledged cow) that calved just 10+ months ago & we've never been able to get caught to sell.  It is a heifer calf, so it's being SOLD!  Nothing that came out of that nut will stay on this farm!  Now for a shower, shave, supper, then....likely followed by passing out in my recliner.   :smilewink:  


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Posted January 09, 2015 - 07:15 PM

Glad to see you getting something completed. Sounds like you are getting back to BC (before clots). By Spring, you'll be doing flips!

 

That is what I am hoping for, to be in real good shape come planting time.  But there lies another project.....working over the corn planter!  And the silage mixer wagon is yet to get the new floor put in, and then there's the GMC truck that needs the injector pump pulled off the Cat 3208T to replace the o-ring, as it's keeping the intake valley full of oil, and of course finish the new shop, then.......................  well, it never ends does it!  One project at a time, and one of these days I'll get somewhat caught up.  :thumbs:


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Posted January 09, 2015 - 08:23 PM

It always tickles me to see that little Massey doing work a full size tractor can't.


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Posted January 10, 2015 - 06:00 AM

Yeah! The list never ends. But, you are gaining stamina. That will let you put out the 'fires' so you have time to work other things in. I think getting the other shop done would help a lot as you would have space to work on something as you can, but still have room for fixing a break down.


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Posted January 10, 2015 - 02:44 PM

Teresa & I went out for dinner and some groceries, otherwise I'm doing nothing.  Sore all over from the long hard day yesterday.

  My son Josh is on overload today from things going wrong .  He said he's "this close" to quitting farming.  Sometimes I think it would be the best thing he could do.  I just know little goes right these days, and the stress can get to you quick.  I sure hope tomorrow goes smooth for me.  I think I should go help Cat bust concrete with all that huge equipment he gets to play with!   :smilewink:


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Posted January 10, 2015 - 04:19 PM

Enjoy your rest. Get some for me too.


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Posted January 10, 2015 - 06:25 PM

Wow...another cow is down and no idea why.  It's an uphill battle, and it's steep.  It's one of the last I bought at 2 grand.  The Cat loader also has a flat tire....yipee!


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Posted January 10, 2015 - 06:34 PM

You think this cold snap has anythign to do with the loss of cattle?


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Posted January 10, 2015 - 06:36 PM

You think this cold snap has anythign to do with the loss of cattle?

 

The cold stress surely adds to the problem, but the 2 this week were calving related.  This one is totally out of the blue.  I'm getting the vet out tomorrow if possible.


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Posted January 11, 2015 - 10:09 AM

All went well this morning.  Milked all the cows, including the new heifers with no issues at all.  And the down cow got up as I finished milking.  Josh had pulled her out to grass beside the parlor last night to get her off concrete.  I called Teresa to stand guard while I moved gates around, and we walked her into the sawdust bedded trim area.  I'm having the vet out tomorrow, or may wait till Tuesday if she's still doing fine on her feet, as we may squeeze in a herd check Tuesday if my vet can manage it.  Kill 2 birds with one stone.  If he thinks we should sell the former down cow, then I can load her & take her to the stock market that afternoon.  Right now she's happily eating silage from a tub.  And before she got up, I could tell her digestive tract is working, because she was chewing her cud and looked like nothing was wrong with her....sitting there with ears upright & fully alert.  

  Oh, and the Cat loader's tire is still up this morning!


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Posted January 11, 2015 - 10:13 AM

Hope she is okay. You've lost too many already!


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Posted January 12, 2015 - 01:01 PM

Good old rainy day, so pulled the tire from the Cat loader.  They are tubeless rims, but the 3pc rim is sealed with an O-ring, and once rust makes pits, it's difficult to stop leaks.  So as each gives problems, I switch to tubes.   I cleaned out the lock ring groove & the ring itself, then coated with rust converter.  Just got back from town fetching a tube, so will install it in a few minutes.

 

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Posted January 12, 2015 - 04:06 PM

The Cat loader is back where it belongs.

 

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  Ordered feed for tomorrow delivery, cut 10 sheets of roofing to 138" length, and did some piddling stuff.

Then got things ready for more calf working tomorrow afternoon, following a morning vet check on the milk cows.


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