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Posted August 17, 2013 - 05:46 PM

The field across the street is full of longhorns.   I want to talk to the guy that owns them and see if I can get one of the heads off of one that dies. I want to put the skull on my shop. Or just get a set of horns and make a nice hat rack.

 

Fair warning....those guys get good $'s for those skulls with horns, or horns alone.  Used to have a neighbor up the road that raised them.  Be ready to barter!


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Posted August 17, 2013 - 05:50 PM

     Too bad they don't make polled Holsteins,  or do they?

 

Not that I'm aware of.  Yes, electric is the most efficient & humane way to go.  Paste can end up with some weird deformed horns that you can't remove due to crazy blood veins that won't stop bleeding no matter what you do.  I remember as a kid the vet using those giant dehorning guillotine things, and we actually still have that same set.  The sound it made when cutting through the bone would send chills down your spine.


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Posted August 18, 2013 - 02:31 AM

I don't remember any dehorning, I no you guys did cuz u talked about it from time to time, just don't remember seeing it done. After hearing you talk about it I'm kind of glad I didn't lol



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Posted August 18, 2013 - 09:35 AM

I don't remember any dehorning, I no you guys did cuz u talked about it from time to time, just don't remember seeing it done. After hearing you talk about it I'm kind of glad I didn't lol

 

You may have seen it being done, but your mind has blocked it from memory!  Blood would shoot 10 feet or more after the cut.  Blood would be everywhere!  I want no more part of that ever again!



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Posted August 18, 2013 - 10:35 AM

 I want to put the skull on my shop. Or just get a set of horns and make a nice hat rack.

I think a pair of horns would look good on the front of the Blue Ox. Havng the skull with it would make it even neater!


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Posted August 18, 2013 - 12:03 PM

I think a pair of horns would look good on the front of the Blue Ox. Havng the skull with it would make it even neater!

That would look real good with the hat!



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Posted August 18, 2013 - 12:11 PM

I think a pair of horns would look good on the front of the Blue Ox. Havng the skull with it would make it even neater!

 

 

That would look real good with the hat!

 

Oh yes, the horned skull with one of your retired hats would be the ticket Willie!


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Posted August 18, 2013 - 01:24 PM

Oh yes, the horned skull with one of your retired hats would be the ticket Willie!

 

That really would be something to see riding down the road! Good Avatar as well!  :bigrofl:  :bigrofl:  :bigrofl:



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Posted August 18, 2013 - 03:08 PM

Fair warning....those guys get good $'s for those skulls with horns, or horns alone.  Used to have a neighbor up the road that raised them.  Be ready to barter!

Not this guy. One dies, out comes the excavator, big hole dug, whole cow tossed in, covered up, and done.



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Posted August 18, 2013 - 08:36 PM

Tomorrow we start on one of the larger silage pits.  I got it cleaned out yesterday & ready for action.  Need to update my herd records tomorrow too, as I have herd vet check Tuesday morning.  



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Posted August 18, 2013 - 09:07 PM

How's shelled corn looking? I remember watching dad and Grandpa do de-horning before. Whenever it came to vet work and such, I preferred to be well outside. Lucky, we sold the cows before I was needed to ever help with it.


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Posted August 18, 2013 - 09:35 PM

How's shelled corn looking? I remember watching dad and Grandpa do de-horning before. Whenever it came to vet work and such, I preferred to be well outside. Lucky, we sold the cows before I was needed to ever help with it.

 

Ours would make 150bu/acre or more, but most will end up as silage, as this year we almost ran out of silage. Don't want to cut it so close this coming year.



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Posted August 19, 2013 - 10:11 AM

Just get one load chopped & already broken down!  :wallbanging:   The chopper head gathering chains collided on one side, breaking the shear bolt & jamming the chains TIGHT!  Got the chains apart by plasma cutting one push finger of one side's chain, then when in place, welding the piece back in.  We'll take lunch & try it again, but I already know we'll be breaking down again.  I told dad exactly what is wrong, but he doesn't want to believe it.  Underneath, there are dry gears that run all this.  One of the shafts is out of line, and the only way this can happen is a bearing out on the shaft just above this one gear.  I can even see the shiny end of the bearing tube where the gear runs against as a thrust face.  No way you can see the thrust face unless the bearing is out, letting the shaft & gear move to the side.  Don't pay any attention to me Dad, I'm just a 54 year old kid.  :wallbanging:  :wallbanging:  :wallbanging:  :wallbanging:    We may get some chopping done, but this will be biting us again, and likely soon.  It'll take an entire day, maybe more to repair.  If it rips the gears out, maybe a few days to get parts.  

  We have NEVER had any bearings in a chopper head go bad....ever!  Things are just so poorly built these days.  This chopper is just a few years old.  Our other chopper we have set up for wheat & I can't remember if we still even have a corn head for it.  


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Posted August 19, 2013 - 10:48 AM

Sorry to hear you are having equipment issues, doesn't sound good either, hope things hold together long enough to get chopping finished.



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Posted August 19, 2013 - 11:42 AM

Not that I'm aware of.  Yes, electric is the most efficient & humane way to go.  Paste can end up with some weird deformed horns that you can't remove due to crazy blood veins that won't stop bleeding no matter what you do.  I remember as a kid the vet using those giant dehorning guillotine things, and we actually still have that same set.  The sound it made when cutting through the bone would send chills down your spine.

 

I hate dehorning, we have to do it on our market goats and dairy goats. We usually try to burn the growth ring when they are only 7-10 days old to prevent them from even growing, but that's sometimes a shot in the dark. Once they start growing, gotta cut and burn, not a fun day for all!

 

Hope you get through the day, sounds like not a fun one in regards to repairs.


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