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Posted November 30, 2012 - 07:21 PM

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


Yep, around 4,000lbs EACH!

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Posted December 04, 2012 - 09:03 PM

Left this morning after milking for the dairy cattle auction. Intended to buy 6 cows, as that's what my trailer will hold. Prices weren't nearly as high as I had anticipated, so I bought 11 head, plus one came with a very healthy heifer calf. Figured to have to give $1500 or close to that for each, but I ended up averaging $1130 each, plus the bonus calf worth a solid $200. Granted 2 are pretty small heifers, but for what I gave for them ($625 & $700), they can milk light this lactation, and will likely come back strong next go round. All were calm in the parlor tonight too, so at this point, I'm pleased with them all. BUT being I bought 11 head, I had to haul 6 home, then "turn & burn" to get the other 5 plus the baby heifer. Raining on I65 , so got whited out several times, then last load was rain plus dark, and between the headlights in my eyes and the stress of the heavy traffic..... I have a nasty headache. But I'm home safe, and the headache will leave. :thumbs:

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Posted December 04, 2012 - 09:07 PM

Sounds like a good day shopping. I hate hauling a load in the rain. No one respects the guy wrestling a trailer on rain slicked roads. I have learned that if I turn on my amber strobe light it keeps people from cutting me off. I have no idea why it works but it does.

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Posted December 04, 2012 - 09:11 PM

Dan, The 10 heifers without calves have had their tubes tied by a demented lactose intolerant veteranian.

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Posted December 04, 2012 - 09:17 PM

On my first load, when I took the ramp off the interstate, I had slowed to my usual "loaded" approach speed to the highway intersection, but I don't think my trailer brakes engaged, even though the brake controller said it did, as my truck brakes locked up & the load was pushing me on the super slick ramp. But I stopped in plenty of time, and the road was clear in both directions anyway. I was doing some fast figuring & fast road surveying! :smilewink: As to the traffic, I took my time & drove no faster than 60mph on the interstate. I'd rather have them pass me than have to try to drive their speed & then have to stop in a panic situation. Life's short enough as it is!
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Posted December 05, 2012 - 05:46 AM

Almost a buy 3, get one free situation, Daniel. Glad you were able to get them all home safely.

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 09:19 AM

The new cows have great disposition, but milked poorly this morning. BUT that is to be expected with what they've been through. It may take weeks for them to come back to their milk, and for some, not until they calve again. 2 are close to drying off time anyway.

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 09:54 AM

Looks like you got a good deal on cows compared to what they're bringing up here. Hope they all turn out to be winners for you Dan.




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Posted December 05, 2012 - 11:33 AM

Glad you made it home safe and sound. Looks like you really got some good deal's. Does this put the size of the herd up to where you want it?

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 11:53 AM

Does this put the size of the herd up to where you want it?


This makes 78, and about all I care to milk. If we had hired help, we'd have to milk twice that many, and the money would just go to pay them anyway. So this will put our numbers high enough that our own raised heifers should be able to keep up for a while. I do have 2 or 3 cull cows to take to market next week, and 2 or 3 to go dry very soon, so we'll go back down to 72 soon enough, which is a good number for us to milk easily & keep up with the bills........ hopefully!
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Posted December 05, 2012 - 02:06 PM

How long does a cow stay in milk?

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 04:36 PM

James brought us 45 more giant concrete lego's today. Been dealing with unloading them, and my leaky washing machine all day. Time to go do the feeding now.

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 05:26 PM

Place concrete lego on top of leaky washing machine. Problem solved.


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Posted December 05, 2012 - 05:44 PM

Place concrete lego on top of leaky washing machine. Problem solved.

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 06:00 PM

How long does a cow stay in milk?


I try for a 13 month rotation.... calve, breed back within 60 days, milk till 7 months pregnant, 60 days dry, calve again. I've had cows not breed back but still give a decent amount of milk a year & a half after last calving.




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