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#5551 mrmd OFFLINE  

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Posted April 28, 2015 - 07:56 AM

Been following this thread all along but it,s taken me this long to absorb everything that has transpired. Hard to realise that "olcowhand" will no longer be milking cows. It,s a drastic change and I,m sure you spent many hours weighing your options. I, for one, am glad you will no longer be tied down to the tough schedule the cows demanded. It,s high time you get to enjoy your time doing what you like. I,m certain all will work out for the best. Any ideas when you surgery will happen yet? Thoughts and prayers go out to you and family.
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Posted April 28, 2015 - 08:28 AM

Last of May earliest.  Surgeon's schedule is that full already, and I have to see my regular Dr Friday before I can be added to the surgical schedule.


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Posted April 28, 2015 - 12:13 PM

I know this is old news, but every day is the first day of your new life Daniel. When we quit grain farming and moved here 26 years ago, we stayed with the purebred end of the cattle business. We were already established in the marketing of breeding stock, so it was a no-brainer for us. Good breeding animals sell for better than twice as much as ordinary butcher creatures, but you know this already. The ones that don't make the grade as breeders still sell as beef, so both ends are covered. If you're not interested in the purebred marketing and promotional angle of it, a cow/calf operation is satisfying and a heck of a lot less demanding stress wise. Then you pick the best "mamma cow" breed or cross and use a terminal sire designed to put beef on a calf, and have at'er. All this is IMO of course, but for straight beef production with the least amount of trouble we liked a Herford X Angus momma cow bred to a Charolais bull. Easy calving, huge rate of gain on the calves, and wonderful market acceptance--- the commercial feeders love them. Then there's the growing niche market for organic, but that's another ball game entirely. Don't get me started, I can talk cattle and marketing etc. all day long, lol.
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Posted April 28, 2015 - 02:53 PM

Well.....no more milking cows.  The rest of the milking herd left today.  Walking them down to the holding pen to be loaded.

 

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And there they go onto the trailer.

 

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Then our milk hauler Benji came & waited for the cattle trailer to leave to get our last load of milk from our farm.  Benji is talking with Dad.

 

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Actually I don't know exactly how I feel right now.  It's a mix of sadness, heartache, joy, and a new sense of freedom....along with a healthy amount of fear of what's to come, also with some excitement of new things to come.  One minute I may be reveling in the freedom, then the next I might be shedding tears.  It's truly a mixed bag to say the least......very least.  Almost like a longtime friend has passed.

  Josh is going through my same exact emotions.  I hope the sadness part gets taken over by better emotions, that's for sure.....and soon!


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Posted April 28, 2015 - 03:45 PM

Daniel,  You will be walking a new trail.  And as one of my childhood heroes used to sing...... Happy Trails To You.    

 

  Best wishes for your  surgery and afterwards.     Rick


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Posted April 28, 2015 - 04:40 PM

Hang in there Daniel. This thread gives me a mixed bag of emotions just reading it.

I will say I hope you continue to post your adventures and projects on your farm no matter what new venture you take.
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Posted April 28, 2015 - 05:10 PM

I decided to mow the roadside for therapy on my John Deere F935.  Got 1/8th mile down the road & she just quit like I shut the key off.  Gauge showed some fuel, but I couldn't see any, plus some air in my fuel filter assembly.  I was positive it should be pretty full, and after walking for a few gallons of diesel, it only held a bit over a gallon.   I'm like "I just wanted some therapy"!  Anyway, I got her to run, but she barely did, but as soon as I got it off the side incline, she took off running fine.  I never looked to see if the oil light was on, but once I got back to the shop, I found the oil was at the add line.  Thinking maybe a safety sensor kicked in with low pressure, I topped it off & went back mowing, and she did perfectly.  So I got my therapy, and now from the emotional day, I am shot to heck.  Gonna rest.  Just carrying 3 gallons fuel made my neck hurt too.  

I don't talk much religion, but I thank God for all I have.  He got me through the massive clots in my lungs, and I'm hoping he'll get me through surgery & back to more of my old self again. I could also not have made it this far without my wife Teresa.  She is awesome!  

  I hope & pray all of us here at the farm come out much happier in the end, and I feel we surely will, but it is scary changing gears like we are.  


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Posted April 28, 2015 - 05:18 PM

Daniel, reading along and remembering the day we sold the herd here. I remember the feelings and understand the emotions.
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Posted April 28, 2015 - 05:22 PM

Daniel, reading along and remembering the day we sold the herd here. I remember the feelings and understand the emotions.

 

Alan, change was never something I readily accepted, and this change, while likely the best ever for us.....it scares the bajeebies out of me!


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Posted April 28, 2015 - 06:25 PM

I know the feeling of changing and stepping into a whole new world.  It is very scary at first but as time goes one you will become accustomed to it.  When I retired from the Navy all I knew was a very structured like with someone telling you what and when to do things.  Then one day I'm a civilian and no one there telling me what I should do. Plus How was I going to make a living.  I tried different things and found something I enjoyed and was pretty good at and as they say the rest is history.  When I decided to retire I went through the emotions again but given time you get used to it and you will find something that you will enjoy doing and everything will be OK.  Ya just have to give it some time.


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Posted April 28, 2015 - 06:25 PM

Daniel, it is a huge change! There will be days you'll wake late and hurry out to milk. But I really believe it was time to move on for you.


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Posted April 28, 2015 - 07:32 PM

Fear of change is normal, refusal to change is debilitating.
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Posted April 28, 2015 - 08:39 PM

Fear of change is normal, refusal to change is debilitating.

 

Yes, that is spot on right!  :thumbs:


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Posted April 28, 2015 - 10:29 PM

Daniel, in the midst of my spring rush I have not had a chance to follow your doings and happenings, but I'm glad I took a second to do that tonight. 

 

Best wishes to you in your decisions.  I'm sure it wasn't easy, but I'm also sure you are being led along by Someone who knows a whole heck of a lot more than you do!  I bet that you won't miss the pressure and stress. 

 

Ben W.


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Posted April 29, 2015 - 04:39 AM

It will be better for you in the long haul, but I remember when we loaded up the 300 head of feeder hogs off our farm years ago. It still hurts some, but very happy not to be in the farrowing barns all night long !!


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