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Posted November 26, 2012 - 04:58 PM

Glad everything work out well with the calf and mother cow. It really does sound like you had a busy day but at least you should sleep good tonight.

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Posted November 26, 2012 - 06:34 PM

Good news, Dan!

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Posted November 26, 2012 - 06:45 PM

Glad everything work out well with the calf and mother cow. It really does sound like you had a busy day but at least you should sleep good tonight.


I got an early start milking & already finished. I was so tired I figured I'd better keep on keeping on & get done. YES, sleep should come easy tonight! :thumbs:
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Posted November 29, 2012 - 09:13 AM

Heading out in a few minutes to look at some dairy cattle for sale. The gentleman's health is fading, and he is liquidating. We could sure use 5 to 10 good cows to add to our herd. Taking the trailer in hopes of bringing some home today.

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Posted November 29, 2012 - 09:29 AM

Best of luck Daniel! I hope that they're great cows and even better prices! Maybe he'll be having one of those blowout clearance sales. "Everything must go! No reasonable offer refused!"

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Posted November 29, 2012 - 12:29 PM

Hope all goes well today Daniel. New blood is always good.

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Posted November 29, 2012 - 01:56 PM

The fella forgot to mention he had turned his entire herd over to a cattle auction company, to be sold on Tuesday at a cattle market further down the road. But other than a waste pulling our trailer, the trip was a GREAT investment. When at at auction like this one, the cows haven't been milked since early afternoon the previous day. So their udders are filled out even on poor to average cows, and great cows will be squirting milk, which the latter damages the cow's udders to at least some extent. I got to take my time & walk through all the cows, making notes of which I thought looked the best....and in real ordinary every day "been milked" fashion. Once I was finished, I talked with the owner, and he pointed out that cow numbers with "HB" above the numbers were high quality cows he purchased recently and were the best. He also said many of "his raised" cows were very good too, but couldn't point out just which ones with his health being what it's been lately. Then when I looked at my numbers I wrote down, 75% were "HB" cows, which made me feel good about my cow judging.
So Tuesday may be a very long day. Hoping 6 of my choices come through early & I win the bids so I can hit the road home. 6 is all my trailer can hold, and is all we'd like to spend right now anyway.

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Posted November 29, 2012 - 02:40 PM

Good luck Daniel.

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Posted November 29, 2012 - 02:58 PM

Best of luck adding to that herd. You've had good luck in the GT dept. lately!

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Posted November 29, 2012 - 04:34 PM

Hope everything goes your way on Tuesday. :thumbs:

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Posted November 30, 2012 - 06:39 PM

Milked this morning, then ground a load of calf feed. Piddled with the Jacobsen Chief, then started cleaning out the small pile of bad silage from the pits & spread on a field with the old manure spreader. Then time to get the last silage pit ready for a wall rebuild. It's not completely empty, but close, so we want to get some of the walls started. It will take a bit over 100 of the large blocks to put up the walls of this one, and we have 30 here, and another 15 coming next week. After scraping the pit floor, then it was time for tonight's milking. I started a bit early & in the house already. Been a productive day. Off duty tomorrow....some GT time! :dancingbanana:

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Posted November 30, 2012 - 07:02 PM

This one should go fairly easy, since you've had 2 to practice on. I got a little GT time in this morning, gonna get more tomorrow. Have a great day 'playing' with yours!

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Posted November 30, 2012 - 07:05 PM

This one will also only be 4 blocks high, so a bit easier setting the blocks. And yes, it gets faster/easier every time. We'd like to get the bottom run set on each side back to the remaining silage on Monday, and the drainage gravel put in. My dairy cattle auction is Tuesday, so we need to hit this hard Monday. Gonna be 70 degrees Monday & Tuesday.

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Posted November 30, 2012 - 07:16 PM

Great weather for block moving. Kind of like having huge legos to play with.

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Posted November 30, 2012 - 07:18 PM

Great weather for block moving. Kind of like having huge legos to play with.

Yeah, Daniel still plays with Lego Blocks, just that his are a bit larger.




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