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Posted February 18, 2015 - 12:50 PM

turn those Toe Toasties into Titty Toasties and the cows will all be happy


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Posted February 18, 2015 - 01:11 PM

Can you coral the herd into an area that will let their body heat keep them warm?


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Posted February 18, 2015 - 01:46 PM

Can you coral the herd into an area that will let their body heat keep them warm?

 

They do that themselves.  The wind is the worst thing.  Gonna be a wind chill in the morning of 28 below. The heifers in the field have natural windbreaks they go to.  No cows close to calving, so that's a good thing.  I just used the old Hough 30 gas payloader to clean out one freestall alley, but it's bucket is too wide for the others.  Most is frozen, but the loader bucket cut it out.  The other 2 alleys are somewhat thawed, so Josh is going to get all he can out with the rubber scraper.  Once this does thaw, there's gonna be a mess of poo to deal with!  What a temp swing....negative 14 tomorrow to 43 predicted Saturday.


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Posted February 18, 2015 - 09:06 PM

Been a long cold day.  Had my usual (as of lately) day scraping snow from the farm drives due to 40mph winds blowing drifts everywhere.  Then got things ready best I could for the deep freeze we're going into tonight.  Finally was about finished feeding silage around 5pm when Teresa called & said one of our neighbors needed their drive freed from snow.  So with my feet already numb from cold, I head out to clean their drive.  Finally get in the house & look at Facebook, and my neighbor next to Dad posted how everyone was getting stuck in the drifts there. Then my BIL Meangreen called & he was stuck further down the road too.  So I leave out before supper as daylight was short to clear the road.  I had to clean about 200 yards of road to get to a VW.  They got it out once I had their reverse path clear.  Kept on clearing the road, drifts about 18" to 2' deep.  Had to just push the snow off an 45 degree angles into the ditch, so just taking 7' at a time took quite a while.  I got another 300 yards or so past a curve, then I saw Fred's work van (he got backed into a decent spot), another van in the ditch, and another truck behind him.  Might have been another....I don't remember.  I broke open a bucket wide path so Fred & the truck could go on past, then I pulled the van out of the dirtch & he was on his way.  Then I went to break a wider path where I cut the small channel.  As I did that, Teresa called & said our furnace was out!   :wallbanging:  :wallbanging:  :wallbanging:  :wallbanging:   I told her I'd be there once I finished the road, so I hurried things up.  Got home & seen the ignitor on the furnace was working, and the flame rolled out fine.  Then after the plenum heated up, the fan switched on, but just humm!  Oh how I hoped it was the start capacitor.  Checked the uf/mfd # of the capacitor....10uf.  So ran to the milk parlor for my box of used caps.  Had 2 with uf of 14, so good to use.  Higher uf/mfd is ok, lower is not.  Put the newest looking one on & we have heat!    Finally got to eat about 8:30.   Everyone got home safe, and my feet finally have feeling in them!


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Posted February 18, 2015 - 09:15 PM

Glad to see you are still living the Farmers Motto, always willing to go out of the way to help out your neighbors !! :thumbs:


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Posted February 18, 2015 - 09:23 PM

Craps....now they're calling for -17F tomorrow night!   :(

 

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Posted February 18, 2015 - 09:29 PM

10 MPH winds with dry snow can still make a real mess for you deal with again tomorrow. Stay safe out there !!


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Posted February 18, 2015 - 09:34 PM

10 MPH winds with dry snow can still make a real mess for you deal with again tomorrow. Stay safe out there !!

 

I know!  I hope the state plow trucks come though tonight or even better in the early morning when everyone has to try to get to work.  Winds were gusting to 40mph today.  Was a raw day.


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Posted February 19, 2015 - 06:23 AM

10 below 0 on the mercury stick this morning but feels better than all day yesterday as there is no wind to amount to anything. Road I cleared should still be open. :-)
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Posted February 19, 2015 - 06:44 AM

 

10 below 0 on the mercury stick this morning

Is that a recorded for you ?   Pretty darn cold  


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Posted February 19, 2015 - 07:49 AM

Furnace went out again right after I left the house
Fan motor shot, taking out the caps. Rigged up an old cage fan on the cold air return and it's working but fan has to run full time
Hope I can locate new fan motor today.

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Posted February 19, 2015 - 10:11 AM

You must be getting exhuasted, I was tired from just ready at that.


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Posted February 19, 2015 - 10:27 AM

You must be getting exhuasted, I was tired from just ready at that.

 

I am, but no time to think about that.  I have the fan motor out & rigged furnace back to running.  Warming the Jeep to go find a new motor.  Bearings are going out in this one.


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Posted February 19, 2015 - 10:32 AM

better the fan run all the time than the wife get cold.


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Posted February 19, 2015 - 10:37 AM

better the fan run all the time than the wife get cold.

 

The cold air would hinder the hot coffee.  Would cool too fast in my cup!   .....Now I'm sure you understand my emergency situation here!  :smilewink:


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