Did some work in the parlor today. Carried out the 12 glass weigh jars and laid them in freestalls, & unbolted the rest of the cow rub rails. Also got the stainless steel curbing pried off the top sides of the pit area. Busted the 2" raised concrete on the one end of the pit. Luckily it broke off very easily, with a light swing of a 12 pound sledge. Really not even a swing, just let the weight of the sledge tap it, and it came right off. Glad it wasn't reinforced with wire! Once the floor is framed & laid, then I'll pour in some concrete to level it nice. It busted off at an angle, but I'm glad, as it gives more tooth for the new concrete. There was no way I could get it to break off flush without spending lots of time and money for masonry disc cutters.
James brought more hay for his cattle, but my tractor hadn't been plugged in long enough to fire. I got it started later and went to feed the hay. The big bales make my rear tires lose a lot of their traction, so when I went to put the first roll out, the tractor slid a bit in the snow and wouldn't back up without dumping the bale. It wasn't quite clear of the 2x10 planking at the end of the feeding area, so I had to dump it, hoping it would roll off the boards into the ring. It didn't! It crashed right through all three boards. But I could move the tractor then, so pushed it on in, then chained a gate at the end to keep the cows from escaping. I am likely doing some timbering soon, so looking forward to the cattle leaving. To access the woods that haven't been timbered in 40 years, the pasture fence has to be cut. Come spring all the pasture will be cut for hay anyway, so he has a month or so to leave his cattle, less if the conditions are right for timbering.
Not likely doing anything to the parlor tomorrow. Have to get to Farm Bureau to pay my farm/home insurance, and to AGAIN tell them to remove cattle insurance. This will be the 3rd time I've requested the removal. They still have $120,000 coverage for cows, and it costs me almost $850 per year. I don't own even 1 cow! I do plan to add at least 2 of my tractors to insurance, and some other things, so a lot of the cattle coverage savings will go right back on the bill for those items.