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Posted May 16, 2013 - 11:40 PM

Put that calf on the dinner table. It will calm it right down.


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Posted May 18, 2013 - 06:38 AM

We bought a heifer one time like that. Wild as a deer. About a week wearing a full head halter with a 3"x18" piece of fire wood hanging off a rope between her front legs and she was fine. She walked very slowly, no more running through fences or trying to jump gates.

We had one get an infected hoof. The hoof split and it got really bad. We used a mobile home anchor and the halter to keep her in the pen till the vet got there.

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Posted May 20, 2013 - 08:32 AM

Dad has started corn planting this morning while I milked.  I'll start spraying this ground after lunch.  Should finish up by end of day on the rest of our field corn.  :dancingbanana:   We had been worried we'd have to replant a lot of it, due to so much heavy cold rain following planting of the earlier corn.  The ground was hard as stone & only about 60% had come up.  We had some light rain over the weekend that softened the ground, and most of the remainder of the corn has popped on through.  :rocker2:


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Posted May 20, 2013 - 10:19 AM

Good to hear the rest of the corn made it. 40% loss is not good. Now lets hope the rest of the season is favorable.


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Posted May 20, 2013 - 04:59 PM

Last of the corn ground is now planted & sprayed.  I still have to spray over all of it in July with Roundup, as it's "Roundup Ready" corn.  Had a few issues though.  Some solids settled in the agitator line, so the pump would not mix right off the bat.  Took a while getting the hose unplugged.

  Got started spraying, then went to refill from my water supply tanks Dad said he filled up......wrong, not full, maybe 60%.  Took an extra hour filling with water hose.  I hate waiting, and didn't have anything else I could do while I waited, and it was hot out too.  Then in the middle of all this I lost my pliers.  That's the second set I've lost since planting began.  This time though, backtracking led me to them.

  Finally finished and came home for a good cool shower.  Tomorrow is back to odd jobs needing attention.  Until major things get completed, the smaller things start piling up, so time to whittle those down a bit.


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Posted May 20, 2013 - 07:03 PM

You carry your pliers in a pouch on your belt or in the pocket on your pant leg?



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Posted May 20, 2013 - 07:55 PM

You carry your pliers in a pouch on your belt or in the pocket on your pant leg?

 

This time I just laid them on the sprayer & forgot.  I just carry them in my front pocket usually.  Lose too much out of a back pocket.



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Posted May 20, 2013 - 07:58 PM

Daniel, Does anyone Rotary Hoe their ground anymore. That was the first thing that came to mind when you talked about the ground getting so hard from the rain.

 

Glad you found your Pliers, I really hate loosing my tools, but with other people working in our shop right now it's part of the deal I guess.



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Posted May 21, 2013 - 01:36 AM

We tried putting a dab of bright yellow paint on the handle of our fencing tools, made them easier to find in the grass when " I just set it down for a minute" disease strikes. Having a German Shepherd that will "go find" helps too!
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Posted May 21, 2013 - 08:16 AM

Daniel, Does anyone Rotary Hoe their ground anymore. That was the first thing that came to mind when you talked about the ground getting so hard from the rain.

 

Glad you found your Pliers, I really hate loosing my tools, but with other people working in our shop right now it's part of the deal I guess.

 

Hardly a rotary hoe in these parts anymore, but would come in handy at times.  Glad I found these pliers too, as not real cheapies.  A decent set of "Proto" pliers.



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Posted May 21, 2013 - 11:49 AM

Maybe you need to carry your pliers on a watch chain. People will think you are sophisticated until you pull out your pliers.


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Posted May 22, 2013 - 02:24 PM

Maybe you need to carry your pliers on a watch chain. People will think you are sophisticated until you pull out your pliers.

 

:D   Maybe I should try that!  Knees are killing me after putting concrete anchors in the parlor holding pen this afternoon.  Besides milking this morning & a little time on my Massey diesel conversion, these anchors/brackets took the longest of all, and were way harder on me.  Back hurts too from being bent over.  Gotta feed silage, and I'm clocking out for the day.

  And today I closed a huge chapter in my life, and it is a weird feeling.  After having kids in school for 28 years (& none failed a single year), my youngest daughter Kaylin had her last day of high school today.  Kinda sad thinking about it.  Man I'm getting old fast!


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Posted May 22, 2013 - 06:18 PM

That's what you think, what till grand-kids come along and you will be right back in the thick of things with school again. :D   But If you are getting to be a grandparent and not having to raise them then it isn't to bad.  We have one more year and then I'm hope that will be it.
 

I hate to work bent over.  It just kills my back so I can sympathize with ya.



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Posted May 22, 2013 - 06:23 PM

2 more years before Case starts school, but likely he'll be going to school in the next county.  Not sure how that's gonna work out for Josh & his visitation schedule with him.  :(



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Posted May 25, 2013 - 02:07 PM

Slower day here farm wise.  Just milking & related chores morning & night....on my own today.  But between chore times, got the yard mowed, got sand almost ready to lay my patio paver stones (laying some tomorrow I hope), mulched my blueberry plants, planted 800 square feet of sweet corn ground, & some weed eating.  Bad news is my 1st planted sweet corn died.  I know what I did....too much crop spray :wallbanging: .  Tilled that up & letting it sit idle 2 or 3 weeks, and hope it'll grow corn when I replant it.  If not, I'll have plenty anyway on the lower end.


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