Yesterday I milked in the morning, and when the sun came up I seen I had a freshening heifer in calving distress. So I left the parlor with OB chains in hand. I thought she wouldn't be able to get up with the shape she was in, calf head & feet out. But she did, so I had t chase her a bit till I could get an OB chain onto one of the legs. Once I gave a little pull, she quit walking around, and I hooked the chain to the 4 wheeler and gave a very gentle pull. Calf popped right out, but was DOA. Young momma is fine though.
Then got the MF1855 out to use the FEL to do some dirt work where my pool used to be. I'm digging away when I notice what I thought was a piece of metal rod sticking out of the ground. I keep on working several seconds when I smell it.........PROPANE! I had forgotten the propane feeder line was! I was on top of the propane with engine running & smoking a cigarette. Talk about shutting down an engine & leaping off a tractor FAST! Got the tank valve shut off, let the air clear, then repaired the line. That was enough dirt work for one day.
Then after lunch, used the little loader to scrape the concrete clean on one empty silage pit. Soon we will be pouring 80 yards of concrete in 2 pits & the loading area 4" deep over existing concrete in need of repair. Getting it scraped clean now will allow rains to wash it very clean by the time we need to pour.
This morning milking took a while longer. A cow had a blockage in one teat & it had to be removed. Cows sometimes have little cysts that break loose in the udder, then block off the milk flow in the bottom of the teat. Kind of like a meaty lump, you have to squeeze hard to get them out. I had to put a pair of kickers on the cow & she still got nutty. The orifice in her tit wasn't large enough for it to pass, so I had to use a plastic cannula to stretch the opening, then finally got it out. If not removed, it would certainly cause mastitis, and we would lose the quarter on the cow, and possibly have to sell her. Then the fresh heifer to milk this morning and finally finished morning chores. Be glad when I walk out of the parlor tonight, as I'll then have 36 hours off cow duty!