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Posted January 30, 2013 - 05:16 PM

Glad you got to be a good Samaritan! It's good the cow was able to load/unload well. Enjoy the shower!



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Posted February 04, 2013 - 04:29 PM

So far today I milked my cows, then started patching 2 milk parlor doors.  In the process I attempted to drive my nose into my skull against a 1 1/4" steel pipe.  That didn't work out so well.  I did however see that my blood looks to be a nice healthy red!  And I've always said I was fond of the color red, so I guess that's what I get.  I finished the 2 parlor doors, then put sawdust into 96 cow stalls.  I now need to go feed silage to 3 groups of cattle, then load tomorrow morning's feed.  After that is finished, I have to get computer records caught up, then printed out for tomorrow morning's vet check.  My nose hurts, and I have a doozy of a headache, but it'll pass.  At least nothing broke today, including my nose.  :D 


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Posted February 04, 2013 - 04:58 PM

Ouch! You shouldn't do things like that.



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Posted February 04, 2013 - 05:03 PM

Other than the nose, I'm glad things went smoothly!


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Posted February 04, 2013 - 05:37 PM

Sorry about the nose, but glad nothing broke on the farm today. :thumbs: Stay safe and pay attention to your environment ! :poke:


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Posted February 06, 2013 - 04:46 PM

Milked, ground a load of hog feed for the neighbor, then spent the rest of the day fencing.  Nothing has gotten out since the last day of fencing, but this fence line still needs more new T-posts, and about 6 large wooden posts set in strategic spots to keep the T-posts from being pulled by the wire.  I figure 3 good days work and it will be completed.  I'm doing all this by myself, so it takes a while.  Time to go feed silage now.


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Posted February 06, 2013 - 05:00 PM

WHen I read you spent the day  fencing the first thing that came to mind was

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Keep plugging away and you will be done eventually.


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Posted February 06, 2013 - 05:05 PM

Ain't a lot of fun fixing fence, especially by yourself. Glad the cows are honoring the fence.



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Posted February 06, 2013 - 06:15 PM

I love watching the cows after repairing a shorted out fence.  They get used to doing what they want, then when you get her good & hot, they can't help but test it out.  They can more or less sense the electricity, and being curious as they are, they will stretch their necks & just tip the fence with their nose, and ssssnnnnap!  It gets em but good!

  I can fence year round pretty much, but this fence is getting a major rebuilding, so should last quite a while before needing attention.  Only one section is near any trees, so it's safe from much damage.  The years caught up with many of the old steel posts, and the wooden posts are all shot.   This fence was built new about 50 years ago, so this rebuild will finish my life out.....if it doesn't kill me doing it!

  After this, I would like to put woven wire all around my dry cow field to keep calves from wandering through fences.  There is one gully over 12' deep, and it's quite a job pulling them out of there.  That will be expensive to do, so we'll have to see how finances hold out for that one.


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Posted February 06, 2013 - 06:22 PM

Yeah, that hot wire will make a believer out of them! When I was out in Western Kansas with my oldest daughter, we had a couple pastures to run fence repair on. Just realize out there a pasture may cover a couple square miles. That's a lot of fence to walk!



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Posted February 06, 2013 - 06:28 PM

I'm running 3 strands of bar wire, with the top & bottom hot, and the middle wire clipped solid to the post.  Most of this fence line only had 2 strands, with just one hot.  The last day I fenced, it rained on me almost all day long, and it was cold rain, but I was sick & tired of the heifers getting out....and it worked as they've not been out since.  But you never let your guard down with cattle!  I've already used over 175 new t-post insulators, and I need more to finish.


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Posted February 06, 2013 - 06:31 PM

You've got that right. Those suckers will just go on through if they think they can. I spent many a day checking fence.



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Posted February 06, 2013 - 06:34 PM

... but I was sick & tired of the heifers getting out....and it worked as they've not been out since. ...

 

Could have been worse...you could have been trying to keep hogs in :D :D :D



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Posted February 06, 2013 - 06:35 PM

How many volt go thru the wire?



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Posted February 06, 2013 - 06:44 PM

Could have been worse...you could have been trying to keep hogs in :D :D :D

 

 

Been there, done that!    One thing about the pigs though....when they see you coming, they will head right back through the hole in the fence, then look at you like "who...me?".

 

This is a pic of the fence boxes we use, except ours are older models with analog meters.  Doesn't state voltage, but when tested at a fence post with a screwdriver, when full hot, no shorts, it will shoot sparks over an inch long, and right at the point of the short, it will actually make a blue flame!  And let me tell you, if it gets you, you KNOW IT!  I get hit now & then replacing a broken insulator without shutting down the line, and my arm feels weird for over an hour at least.  The "30" on the box stands for 30 mile fence rating.

 

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