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Reichow7120 last won the day on May 21 2018

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    Farming, music, rodeos, and all around good times. We farm with a 2013 Farmall 105U, 1996 Case IH 3230, 2 1990 7120 Magnums (1 fwa, 1 2wd ) 1, 1981 IH 786, 1,1963 Farmall 460 gas, and 1 1948 Farmall H. Have a 2005 2377 combine with correspondening heads. A Case IH 6500 conser til chisel plow and even a 56 forage blower. Also own a 1988 9370 IH Eagle semi tractor to pull hopper bottom.Everything else is a conglomeration of stuff to make the farm go round. Am a IH guy born in the Case IH era.

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  1. We'll, they do need a abundance of water to create the steam and a river is a pretty good source for water.
  2. Do they stock old obsolete parts or have a stash of them? That's where the problem lies. Its that GSI who owns Farm Fans doesn't have this part anymore, nor does any electrical supply company or the makers for that matter. Nobody even shows a substitute for it. ( Nothing says your in trouble more than the parts guy saying "What the H--- is this" or " I didn't know GE made this ") If they do i would be more than happy to drive the 130 miles to get it. Im not that far from the Ohio border. Thanks for your help.
  3. Here's what our fall harvest has morphed into. 8 inches of snow Monday. Also the stand alone dryer is down with parts that are made of unobtainium. Spent 2 days chasing the part pictured below with no success and ended up buying something off of Ebay that won't be here until Monday. Sitting on half a wet tank full of corn that needs to be dried. Have 24 acres of corn left to run but need to get the one dryer going as well as the snow to melt off the corn stalks. On a side note. If anyone knows anyplace that specializes in these obsolete electrical parts or has parts for old Farm Fans dryers or knows someone that specializes in them. Let me know. It would be nice to not have to do the Ebay route and not have to wait for snail mail to deliver when I have corn to dry.
  4. Oh, that sucks. The poor brother that found him like that. That's not something you forget. Way to young. My sympathies to the family. A little over a week ago a acquaintance of my brother and I was playing hockey with his friends. He didn't feel well and went home. His wife needed to go to the store and asked him if he would be ok watching their 6 year old son. Went to the store came home and found the 6 year old son trying to wake his dad up out of the kitchen chair. He wasn't waking up. Come to find out he had died while she was gone to the store. At that young age he doesn't understand where his Dad went and why he's not coming back. He also doesn't understand why he couldn't wake his Dad up. Dead at 32 years old. But these kids are going to have to probably have a lot of help and support to deal with the trauma
  5. What are we even dealing with? 66 series,
  6. Yeah but my experience from guys around here is that normally it was the mixer that broke more than the truck carrying the mixer. Mixer breaks. You're SOL anyway. Tractor pulled or truck carried. I guess i have a hard time flogging the **** out of a tractor feeding cows. I realize that we feed differently so we don't rack up the hours on our stuff. There are tractors on this farm that have been here longer than I've been on this planet. If we were putting on the amount of hours you guys are, there is no way that would happen. Heavy speced trucks are a dime a dozen around here. ( Michigan Specials are easy to come by) The Cattle Feedlots that were big enough to need mixers always had trucks. No dairy around me other than the one i mentioned above were ever big enough to run big mixers. Different environments. Beef guys wouldn't do as well with all the stuff dairy guys do to pamper a dairy cow and dairy guys would have some real issues handling some of the high strung headhunters Beef cattle you run into sometimes.
  7. Reichow7120

    dairy sales

    It was over a 100,000 a barn 20 years ago around here. We were approached by the pig outfit mentioned above in my post about building a finishing barn. We decided at the time to decline as we were just really getting out of our 80s/early half of the 90s financial funk. This was literally months before the 1998 hog market crash. The outfit that approached us was all but bankrupt by the time that was all said and done with tons of outstanding bills including contracts to be paid on. We lucked out on not building that barn at the time. The other time we lucked out was when Dad decided he wanted out of milking cows. Dad and Grandpa were at the point they were going to have to sink tons of money into upgrading everything in the dairy as well as expand the herd. Dad hated milking cows with a passion and told Grandpa "--- no, we're done milking cows" They sold the herd in early 1978. If they had gone through expanding the dairy with some of the other farm expansion at the time, when interest rates went double digit and prices crashed, i doubt we would have made it. The 80s were brutal enough without that additional headache.
  8. It's probably why i liked Brosnan the best. He was Bond when I was growing up. When Dalton was Bond i was too young to get into it and when Craig became Bond I was in my early twenties so that growing up with him thing didn't apply.
  9. You northwest Ohio guys might know this but, isn't there or wasn't there a place in Cecil Ohio that could work with cracked cylinder heads.?
  10. Reichow7120

    dairy sales

    Didn't say there is anything wrong with it . If it works, it works. If it doesn't, well, it doesn't. He asked what happened to the hog and poultry guys. I responded with the pluses and minuses of it. Some of us try not to end up being just the hired help on our own farm. One of these dropping contracts things is going on in our area right now in hogs. BTO in the hog business is having really big problems with PRRS. It's a disease that gets into the breeding herd and causes really bad loses in piglets. They can't fill the barns that people built for them so they aren't using them. And no income for these people who built these barns. Now there is talk of them completely quiting hogs all together so all these people are SOL if it does happen. This would affect 8 to 10 guys. No no where remotely near Smithfield type effects if it had if it happened there but a taste of what it would look like. I know what you're going to say. "Find someone else" well there's the catch. No one else is remotely near the area that raises hogs on the scale that would have the capacity to utilize these type of facilities because of the captive market has gotten rid of anyone else in the area that could have used them at one time.
  11. So, my next question is how do the big feedlots make it work? I got caught behind these feedmixers being pulled down the road and thought that the number of times a day they do this being able to get above 25 mph to go between the sites may save some time and wear on a tractor. Its like when we graduated from running tractor and gravity flow wagons to town hauling grain to our semi truck. Quicker i get there, the quicker I turn around. I have to admit. Im in awe in the amount of hours you guys put on your tractors. The only tractors on the place that probably have over 10,000 hrs are the H and 460. Everything else is South of that mark. Our 1981 786 has 8270 hrs on it. Original and its taken almost 40 years to get there. And yes we have livestock. Just different way of doing things.
  12. My ranking 1, Brosnan 2, Craig 3, Connery 4, Moore 5, Dalton 6, Lazenby You want a real competition. Try ranking the hottest Bond girl 😏
  13. Reichow7120

    dairy sales

    You're a contract grower. You own the barns and do the actual labor raising the animals. The catch is you don't own the animals in your barns. The packer or big time outfit owns the livestock in your barn. What you get paid is set before you even have a head of livestock in your barn. You can't capture any upside in any market upswings though any downswings you are protected from to a extent. You literally are paid for someone renting a barn you built, your labor and some wear and tear on your equipment. They also have the right terminate the contract for terms specified in the contract for little notice. You can build a barn that takes years to pay off and lets say the market goes to crap. The terms say they can cut you off if they don't need the capacity. You may still be trying to pay off the above said facilities when the contract is terminated per the terms of the contract. Try finding someone else willing to put livestock in your barn after you had a contract terminated. Really at the end of the day, you're just a hired man and landlord/property manager on your own farm.
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