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#7021 olcowhand ONLINE  

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Posted January 11, 2016 - 12:52 PM

How long before you get to soak in the hot tub? That may help some!

 A couple weeks yet, but we're chomping at the bit to go!  

  Made several stops in town this morning.  Lawyer said deed work will be finished in a week or so, got appointment with her later to make out a will, dropped off cores to parts store, paid my home/property insurance, dropped papers at CPA, went to Mom's Dr to get printout of her prescriptions and doses, picked up a dozen bags of cattle mineral at Southern States, got a few grocery items, and then brought home some Famous Recipe fried chicken for lunch.

  Have the Massey 362's block heater plugged in so she'll start easy to put out rolled hay this afternoon.  A pretty full day today.  My hands continue to improve as well.  :thumbs:


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Posted January 11, 2016 - 02:12 PM

I'm happy to hear your hands are doing better. Sounds like a busy morning, for sure!


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Posted January 11, 2016 - 02:43 PM

Just fed out 9 rolls of hay.  That should hold them about 6 days, maybe a whole week.  Having an afternoon cup of coffee to warm my innards.  Not that cold out now at 26F, but the coffee still feels mighty good.  :D

  I picked up another gallon of primer, and some sandpaper, so maybe I'll do more to Hogzilla soon.  I did sandblast just a few minutes on the foot boards a while ago, but not room in the blaster gloves for warm gloves, so I just blasted long enough to test the gun after cleaning it and putting in a larger air orifice.  Blasts much better now.


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Posted January 11, 2016 - 08:43 PM

Had planned to work on Hogzilla tomorrow, but it's not looking like it now.  Mom called and said one of their fire detectors is missing.  I just put a new one up a few months ago.  Not sure if Dad took it down to check it, then forgot to put it back or what.  He's done this before.  The smoke/carbon monoxide detector is still in place in the living room.  I have another new smoke/fire alarm already here that I can put in.  She also wants me to check their microwave as she said paint is coming off the top inside.  And their rear door needs a new weather strip on the bottom and seal strips around it's entirety.   Dad can still drive, but lacks the energy to do even small jobs these days.

   Glad I got the hay rolls placed today, as I almost let it go till tomorrow. 


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Posted January 12, 2016 - 02:51 AM

I am a bit surprised you feed that much hay at a time. In my experience, surplus feed is largely wasted as the stupid beasts will use the extra feed as bedding and no cow alive is smart enough to step away from the bed to arch their back and relieve themselves. They will do their business, then turn around once or twice and lay in their own mess. Bunk style feeders help, but there is still some waste as the cows pull hay out onto the ground around the feeders.

Cows do not have good table manners.
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Posted January 12, 2016 - 03:42 AM

When feeding silage, the hay is more a supplement feed. The 9 bales is split between 3 separate groups of heifers also, split by age.
I'm having a restless night, in and out of sleep. Gonna be tired today!
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Posted January 12, 2016 - 05:56 AM

We never feed the cows bales on the ground or in those rings , they get it through stansions. We have a roof over them so the waste is very little, and they can't bed in it. Yes they will knock it out in front where they can't reach it, but it's easy to flip back in and they finish it up.
We will throw silt fence bales on the ground d for them to bed on, they do a good job mulching it up for compost LOL.
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Posted January 12, 2016 - 09:57 AM

Feed hay in rings here.  Back when I was a kid, it was all small square bales, dropped through 3 holes in the barn loft, into wooden feeders with slats.  


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Posted January 12, 2016 - 11:58 AM

Sat down for a soup lunch, then what do we see out the window?  Horizontal snow!  Not gonna accumulate much though.  Heading to Mom & Dad's soon.

 

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Posted January 12, 2016 - 12:47 PM

Folks up that direction are really getting it!


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Posted January 12, 2016 - 02:02 PM

That looks cold!

 

We actually had an accumulation today.



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Posted January 12, 2016 - 03:20 PM

Folks up that direction are really getting it!

 

We just had a major pile up ( 40 vehicles) on I74 crossing from Southern Ohio into Indiana. A high wind snow squall come up and one tractor trailer jack knifed then the pile up started. interstate is closed in both directions, not sure of injuries.


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Posted January 12, 2016 - 03:44 PM

Hardly any accumulation at all here.  Just the one 10 minute snow squall, now just wind, and I mean "hang tight to your hat" wind!

  Got Mom & Dad's door foam strip sealed, and replaced the rubber strip in the sill.  

  Gonna go to the shop and grind down a weld on Hogzilla's grill I forgot about, then body fill it.  Maybe prime tomorrow.


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Posted January 12, 2016 - 03:45 PM

We just had a major pile up ( 40 vehicles) on I74 crossing from Southern Ohio into Indiana. A high wind snow squall come up and one tractor trailer jack knifed then the pile up started. interstate is closed in both directions, not sure of injuries.

I-70 was closed at the same time!


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Posted January 12, 2016 - 06:00 PM

That's crazy. Same thing happened on the other end of i70 just into wv according to my wife.
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