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  1. 3 hours ago, TroyDairy said:

    Yes the new usda program is ridiculous.  I dont know details how it was came apon.  Dang system is so over complex its not funny anymore.  And everytime someone trys to make it modern and better the International Dairy Foods Association (private processors) spends milluons fighting and stopping any real change.  I assume some coops are making $$ off it since they make more cl4 vs cl3.


    Like my coop....id call a board member but....do i trust their answers anymore?☹

    The latest adjustment to the make allowances was to benefit the processors, and benefit it did! Everyone who sells milk through a FMMO should go back and look at their milk checks for the last two years. How much have you lost through PPDs? Go on line and check the official FMMO web sites for all of the Federal Orders. The info is there for all to see. The money we give back every month does not go to farmers in other Federal Orders, it effectively goes to the processors. When the negative PPDs were in the negative $.40 to $.80 range, it was very easy to ignore it, even if you are given to looking at your check stub every month. When the PPDs grow to the negative $5 to $9 range, all of a sudden we are talking BIG money. 

    It is time to make noise.


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  2. 8 minutes ago, TroyDairy said:

    Well..more wet.  Have pushed back 2nd.  Last 40 of corn....no idea now when to plant.  30ac new seeding grass...no idea.  Cut the low pasture/pear Thur since we had 3 ok days.  Scary wet....water running off tires when loading bales.  We cant get more than 2-3 days dry so just not quite dry down.  Made baleage and finally got my 13yo operator going!

    Brother took family camping.....so this happened .  Hinges broke....just caught door!

    Got a 20 quick done.  Disc sunday, plow and disc monday.  Plant pm....rained .4" Monday 







    Well my goodness!

    Your wet description sounds exactly like what we suffered through here in the upper midwest for the last two years. In most places, this year has been better. I'm very thankful to see that the glass door didn't also break when the hinge let loose. No one needs double the expense when none was expected in the first place...


  3. Friends,

    I have a new-to-me '72 Loadstar 1800 which has a 345 under the hood. Not sure if this engine is original to the truck, but it has a Carter Thermoquad carb which was (apparently) originally spec-ed for a Scout w/auto trans. Well, the plastic bowl section of the Cater TQ is cracked, so I'd need to find a similar core carb to furnish me with that part. Before I do that,  I'm wondering about other carb options and their pros and cons for Loadstar duty. 

    Anyone have any suggestions? 

    What carb _should_ be in a Loadstar 345?

    Is there a reasonable/workable way for me to install a two-barrel carb on the existing 4-barrel intake manifold?

    In the short time that I've owned this truck, the performance of the 4 barrel Carter TQ hasn't impressed me, but with no previous Loadstar experience, I don't really know what I could expect, either.

    Thanks for anything you may be able to teach me!


    P.S. The truck in question can be seen here-


  4. 12 hours ago, U-C said:

    Eicher Record Loader for hay and grass





    Ha! The top photo is great! Ma on the wagon doing the grunt work, and Pa on the tractor doing the "precision" work...


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  5. 1 hour ago, SMOKER 1 said:

    That Federal brings back some great memories.  Attached is a picture of the one Dad bought new in 1950.  I was 1 year old.  It has a 16 foot Platt bed on it.  Story has it that Dad took delivery and loader 8 fat cattle on it and took them to Chicago stock yards.  Cattle sold for top dollar and Dad brought the check home and gave it to the bank and it paid off the truck.  As I got older, I was always at Dad's side when he drove that truck.  It had a vacuum 2 speed and it was my job to shift it into the "big cog".  The truck is long gone but the bed is still on the farm.  It was on 4 trucks and is currently on a truck frame turn into a wagon.  What I would give to have that truck in my possession today, restored of course.



    Wow, Jerry, what a wonderful photo. Thanks for posting it for us to see. I can't quite read the small lettering on the truck door or the barn; where is that farm located? It looks like a first-class operation. What color was the truck?

    Regarding the ability to pay it off with a few fat cattle - we once rented a barn from a bachelor farmer who lived up the road. He loved to tell the story of how his dad harvested and sold something like 12 or 15 acres of corn (in the 1950s, I believe) and took the cash to town and purchased a brand new pickup truck. Sadly, times have changed.


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  6. 57 minutes ago, TroyDairy said:

    So we are  drought declaration dry now. 

    Life certainly has something for everyone, doesn't it?

    We are so wet here I can hardly walk across the lawn to the mailbox without having to wear a life preserver.


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  7. 1 hour ago, Loadstar said:

    Goodyear had some of the best tire ads in the 1950s. This one from 1958. I think that is a Mack truck. 

    58 Goodyear truck tires.jpg

    Wow! I wish my Goodyears could climb hills like that! And I've got four-wheel-drive!


  8. 7 minutes ago, pt756 said:

    hello troy, so our neighbor came from Indiana, he left 10 years ago and moved here 50 cows, he told me the other day his brother in ind. sold it all, 80 acres , 10 year old free stall barn and 5 year old parlor 1.3 million. I don't know good price or not,going to Missouri to raise chickens now. then  then I asked what about cows had about 120, said best offer was 800 a piece, buyer did give him a 1000, then I asked him why all these herds from far away being sold at priemer, he goes there a lot, claims that south Dakota herd was turned down by several sale barns, so they make the 3 state trip, he claims that their are still better prices around here. went to our local coop annual meeting a week ago pretty gloomy  situation, accts high, then manager said well some are just not going to get credit this spring to plant. crops in storage but people unwilling to sell at these prices, and comparing pay prices the last week my 400 cow friends did not get any better than the smaller guys, all the goodies are gone, big volume premiums .they use to always do a dollar or better then us previously , we all ended up with about 15 to 16 a cwt depending on components,

    $1000/ea. That sounds like a pretty good price, given how things have been going at dairy sales for the last 18 months or so.

    pt756, who buys your milk? 

    Okay, another question for those of you selling milk - is the mandatory dairy checkoff worth it? I've never thought about it much until lately. I'm pinching every penny I can find to muster up enough money to buy hay. Then one day I get my year end summary from the dairy and see that the amount I have taken from me by the National and State (WI) dairy checkoff collectors was nothing to sneeze at. I don't ship a lot of milk in one year's time, but the amount they took from me would have almost been enough to buy a gooseneck load of hay. So I wondered, did I get a proper return on my investment to the checkoff? I doubt it.

    As I understand it, the mandatory checkoff money is used to promote the sale and use of dairy products. But why am I paying for it? Why don't the retailers pay the checkoff? Are not they the ones profiting from the sale of dairy products? All I sell is raw milk. When it is unloaded from the truck at the plant, that milk is no longer mine. If the cheese, yogurt, butter, ice cream, or bottling plant is using my cheap milk to make a value-added product that they then need to sell, wholesale, or retail, why are they not contributing to the checkoff. Why do I need to sell them my milk for cheap, and then pay for ad campaigns that ask the public to buy their product?

    Now, I realize that a co-op environment is a bit different. Technically, I am a part-owner of the co-op, so the milk product being sold is still partly mine, and I need to convince the consumer to buy it. But in this case, I already have a small percentage of my check withheld for co-op advertising. Why should I also pay to sell products made by other co-ops or privately-owned processing plants? They are not sharing their profits with me.

    Am I wrong? Hopefully I am. If I'm right, then I'll just feel even more stupid for letting my money be stolen from me every month.... I'm very willing to see the other side if anyone wants to present it to me.

    Okay, sorry for the rant. It was spurred on by reading the latest issue of Hoard's last night. A glowing article by their editor on the "great"  FUEL UP TO PLAY 60 program that I am apparently helping to fund. I don't believe dairy products were mentioned even once in the article...


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  9. 7 minutes ago, TroyDairy said:

    Daves truck rescue in Sprague.  Not as big as i guessed but neat.  I told buddy i wanted to see it and he says "the old junk truck guy?".  Was floored he had a following!






    Ha! Cool. Was it raining, or did all of those trucks have a protective clear coat applied?



  10. 5 hours ago, Ron Cook said:

    YES I DID, umm, but it was in 1951.  Not the Red Ryder, but my uncle gave me a Daisy Pump.  I see that was the expensive one.  I would like to still have it, but my younger siblings ruined it by 1965.


    You'll shoot your eye out.



  11. 37 minutes ago, Loadstar said:

    I've been reading some of the posts about the snow on the corn still in the fields. I guess on the bright side at least a guy does not have to sit out on an open tractor and  corn picker trying to harvest in the cold miserable weather. Like this cover photo from 1949 of a DC Case pulling a 2 row machine. Interesting to see how the wagon is pulled along by the tractor as well. 


    49 CFI cover.jpg

    Ha! I don't think the poor fella on the DC is actually that cold. Take a look at the horizon in the background - I think the trees still all have their green leaves! Luxury!



  12. 19 hours ago, TroyDairy said:

    Dairymen=stubborn, disorganized fools it sure feels like lately.  Who else would keep sinking this long?  Any restaurant or shop or office would quit if they lost for 2 years straight.  Asining for sure......

    Well, yes, and I'm sure we all know the answer to that question already. When a restaurant or shop owner leaves work at the end of the day, he goes home. With most of us dairymen, our work is our home. Sell the cows and farm, and you're also out of a home. Many times (and in my case, also) a home that has been in the family for well over 100 years. Selling is a TOUGH decision. A tough decision that Laura and I have considered constantly for at least  4 or 5 years now, but we have always found deep-seated reasons (not business related) why we both want to keep going. So Laura works off the farm, full-time, on the farm, full-time, and we put the kids to work before and after school. In our case, we can't just sell the cows and easily continue on the farm. Without the milk check, we haven't enough land to produce enough crop income to continue to make the bank payments. And, right now, selling the cows would not produce enough cash to even make a dent in the mortgage. If I went to work full-time, off the farm, it would take a miracle to be able to land a job that pays well enough to make the mortgage payment. It's a tough thing to constantly think about. Not to mention the fact that we are getting older and tired. But we'd both like to hang on for another 10 years or so to at least offer to the children a chance at the land.

    We are trimming some of the fat today. We are selling 18 heifers that are eating us out of house and home. The buyer is taking his choice as dairy replacements, and what he doesn't want will go to the feed lot. No better offers out there. Not yet sure what we will get price wise, but it will be cull price, not the $1800/head we could have received four years ago. We milk 50 cows, and our heifer count is at 39, so we have way too many heifers anyway.

    God bless you and your family, TD. We'll pray that He continues to lead you in the right direction.


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  13. 5 hours ago, TroyDairy said:


    Dad- where are your shoes kid?

    Kid- we climbed (ground) corn pile and they slipped off in it and cant find em now.

    Dad- good grief 

    Hope they show up in far off manger next week i guess. :)


    Ha! About five or six years ago, our three oldest children were playing in a muddy hay field and child #3, George, lost his shoe in the mud. They spent hours looking for it, but it never showed...until this spring when I was chisel plowing there. I brought it home where it was welcomed with glee, but now many sizes too small for George who is now 11 years old.



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  14. 15 minutes ago, TroyDairy said:



    Call dairy pump guy.  Says hes out for a bit.  Why?  Grinder won....took surgery and some pints of blood to fix up.



    Nice timing with this post....Did you know it is lunch time here in the central time zone? - LOL

    Seriously speaking - wow, so sorry for him. Best wishes for a healthy and as pain-free-as-is-possible recovery for him. I sure hope there will be no lasting damage.


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  15. 33 minutes ago, Art From DeLeon said:


    It used to be if you wanted to see strange people, you would go to the bus station, but now the airport furnishes the same scenery.


    The airport? Yes, probably. But strange people scenery can be had much cheaper at the (any) local Walmart!


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  16. 10 minutes ago, Ihfan4life said:

    I love how these experts can pick out the good managers from the bad just by looking at numbers? 

    I’ve always said farming is more than numbers, a lot of little stuff going wrong at the same time can throw a good month or even a good year out the window. 

    Walking a tightrope all the time isn’t easy 

    Ah, yes, but if you're a GOOD manager, nothing will ever go wrong! ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha .......


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  17. 2 hours ago, Ihfan4life said:

    Think about this, and maybe I’m making too much of this, but when you start looking at balance sheets; these larger more progressive farms are operating on tight but manageable margins and most are leveraged to the razors edge.

    When things are ok to good, they can make it work, but now as I stated in my previous post, beef equals dairy prices, when these guys figure a dairy cow is worth two beef cows, but reality shows otherwise- you just witnessed 50% of your equity vanish, yet your debt didn’t, in fact it’s probably higher now. 

    When a bank looks at this they’re going to have to make some serious decisions about how much they’re willing to lose, do they cut their loses and force forclosure knowing they will get pennies on the dollar, or do they double down and loan these farms money knowing they can recover quicker than a small guy who might have been ok in good times, but won’t recover if this mess continues BUT, the bank WILL recover everything they’re owed!

    think about that...

    Very good point about equity instantly halved. We sold two Jersey almost-two-year-old heifers last Tuesday. Excellent condition, just wouldn't breed and I don't want to keep trying. One of these heifers brought forty cents, the other, fifty. A few years ago when cows were worth $ I sold a marginal Ayrshire heifer at the auction house for $1500.


  18. 2 hours ago, Ihfan4life said:

    We just went through an auction two days ago.

    Some observations from me;

    Cows are indeed going to slaughter based upon AGE of cow,NOT production. We had our best cows leave on the beef truck. One cow consistently produced 140 plus pounds of milk since freshening in the fall- BEEF- this was a cow you wouldn’t have known existed, NO health issues, No mastitis, nothing that would warrant her being culled EXCEPT for her age. Another example- a beautiful fresh older cow, she would be one of those cows you would build a herd from. Freshened in with 160 plus pounds of milk, not a blemish on her- beef? 

    What a crying shame, simply because beef is worth more than a dairy cow! I’ve been in dairy my entire life, I have never witnessed this inversion, you could always figure buying a springer for a beef and a half to two beef cows!

    Because of this no one is willing to take a risk( or perhaps the banks aren’t willing to take a risk) on mature cows.

     I’m estimating 1/3 of these cows were culled. Granted, some of them needed to be culled but I don’t know about a third of them.

    Wow. Yes, what a crying shame. 


  19. 1 hour ago, bitty said:

    We had our quarterly meeting today. The vet said that the way it's going that she feels there won't be any vets left to service what farms stay going. We are in a sparse area that is going to have less dairy within a certain amount of time. I am praying that we can/will continue to milk cows and be profitable enough to get by.

    I think it is going to be worse for dairies on the east coast within the next year as the '80s was on the grain guys. I hope that I am wrong though. 

    Big key is cost per hundred weight AND having an available market

    Interesting you should mention that, Tim. We had the same conversation today. Our vet is 70 years old. Has been our vet since 1982. He has already cut back his office hours to 3 days a week, but remains on call 24/7 for farm calls. He does have 3 other small animal vets at the clinic, but he is the only large animal guy. When he finally hangs it up, that practice will no longer do large animal. Not enough herds left.

    Talked also with our dairy field man today. He is 62 years old, and now fearing for his job, too. Our dairy is losing so many farms (but not cows...they all find their way to larger farms) there will soon be not enough work for all the field men. He and three others have a meeting at HQ next week. Change is scary, and sad.


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