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  1. life in our corner

    I always mean to do a year in review like Wayne in ny does. But never sit down and get it together. So I figured do a journal type thing. Feeding How we spread solids
  2. life in our corner

    We still test too. Mainly to keep eye on high scc cows. If she is close to cull mark and has 900k scc she goes. Another tool. Tabulated the non-vaccinated cows we lost. Bought 240 mature cows....48 died, 25 cull for Pnum/bsrv, 30 culled for mycoplasma. Over 100, but he saved $2 a cow for a shot that would of elim 90% of this. Even springers died
  3. This Be Funny (Today Only)

    Now this is even more.....
  4. dairy sale today

    Rabo bank allows interest only as SOP. They don't make $ on you paying debt off. Obviously your balance sheet/LOC needs to stay in balance to have this structure. They figure interest only allows you to pay bills and/or grow without borrowing more. I will assume the vast majority of dairies in the western states have been doing this for years. Farm Credit NW for example ask for full payment then you can borrow it all back. Rabo skips that step. The FCNW sorta makes you go backwards since you borrow back the interest portion effectively going backward.....sorta. Interest only you are not getting deeper at least. Now if your Interest only and the line of credit is better be talking with the banker alot.
  5. Gonna bring this up anyhow...

    Amen We teach kids they just evolved from a primordial goo and are a tick above apes and wonder why they have no respect for others or life like animals. Well we've been telling them thats all they are for decades....what did you expect? If they we told they were God's creation with a purpose (for each to find out and to worship) then we may have a different out come.
  6. life in our corner

    If not handled well milk samples are whanky at best BG. Maybe DFA guys were not following the book? So $6000 in testing...1 cow. 512, a new one. Got her gone by Thur night. Have not did tank sample to recheck (ignorance is bliss for a bit). Our last bac test showed low Staph Aur too...SOB. Had them also read the milk samples from the top 10 high SCC cows.....1 cow again, 3321 + for staph so she's leaving today. Our feb 14 end of winter went to pot. 45 mph winds and 29 yesterday. Today nice nice, 30 and near calm and clear. Supposed to be low 30s to high 20s rest of week and back to 40s by Friday. Comon spring..... Took friday night off and went and watched our schools boys and girls play for district championship. Stayed in hotel about 1.75 hr south with girls and let them swim in the pool in the morning. Both won. Girls scored 86 pnts! Boys game was fisty. Fancy prep school, classless. Like I may write a email to the Super. Disappointing to see a coach who allows kids to just be jerks. Disrespect to refs and our boys, coach almost got a T. Kids would toss ball to end of court at a break and smile at ref. Classless.
  7. Stu's show IH equipment

    Man thats nice nice stuff. You can see the reflection of the throttle lever in the the wheatland fenders even. The 806 tires are neat, bet it was for a reason in the rice or peat of the Carolinas. Thanks a ton for sharing pics Shawn. Ak...shame on you
  8. milk price for jan.

    15.80 here, 3.9f, and 300000# was contracted at 16.30. Of course Feb is gonna be worse annnnd 2 less days of pick ups. Siggghhh. Hear herds for sale locally asking 1200. Nice farms interest. Used to be low price weeded out low quality farmers. Now.....sharpest pencil in the drawer wont matter a bit.
  9. Had to feed the cows

    What happened to the amazingly efficient wheel loader? If i had to feed with a skid steer i am sure we'd quit! Nice your dad can be useful. You know, has a job to do, a reason to come out. I fret the day my dad cant come out. From fixing this and that to emptying the trash cans i know i dont even see other stuff he does.
  10. life in our corner

    Said screw it and tested entire herd today. 6000....ugh. But will know whos hot cow by lunch tomorrow. Cheaper than 2 or 4 or 30 more getting it. Well, Valentine is our winter cut off.....1" of snow this morn
  11. US olympic gold medal winner my butt

    Well at least the "media" even noticed I assume he was excited but comon...on the world stage show a little respect.
  12. Best wishes and will pray for you and your wife.  Hope all goes peaceful

    1. ny bill o

      ny bill o

      thanks, Troy. i hope so too. we are already "discussing" the arrangements for the youngstock, and the cropland. i would like to sell the heifers when they are bagging. linda says who knows what the price will be. true. but it sucks right now for yearlings. the friend that hauled the cows yesterday , hauls all over the US. he said he had an offer from Va to buy yearlings 450-550 lbs, for $1/lb. which means $.80/lb here.

      i rent land from 5 different families. one of them (farthest away/ biggest acreage), i already told i wasn't renewing the lease. probably keep a couple of the others myself (or sublet).

      it will be a challemge to balance everything.


  13. Anyone ever have a hat like this guy

    ummm..............was rick farming in the 80s? Oh..mechanic/salesman/exec at IH/dealer owner.......hummm. Just saying....l8r I thhhink we had one for us kids but man...wish I had it now. Have a IH stocking cap yet in the closet along with a zip up hooded sweatshirt I wish fit me! There is on older farmer who still wears a red long 'puffy' 80s IH coat at the auction barn. Mine was wore out working. Uncle still wears his 7120 'The new magnum' satin jacket in the spring to town.
  14. life in our corner

    Mycoplasma Mastitis. SUPER contagious, goes between cows on hands and equipment. We have back flush so helping a ton. Guys wash their gloves with pre spray each set. We had to quit pre stripping, milk flows dropped!, just to elim touching till we nail down the cow. Milk looks little funny and boom they crash and will dry up and get sick. No cure exist. Our co-op test for it monthly here. If you have a positive one the lab calls you to get another sample in asap to be sure it is legit. WAITING again for results. Vet kinda thinks its gone now. No one has showed any signs for 10 days. The bac lives in lungs, if pneumonia hits it can then get into blood an then udder. Nasty crap. Buddy lost 300+ on his 5000 cow dairy 3 years ago. Eric, you should be going every sunday... Cant hurt Dad going to World Ag Expo with uncle........28 here and 40mph....lucky guy. But wow the wind has dried out everything. Nice to see sun for bit. Really cheers you up.
  15. CAFES show

    I will tell dad to track you down at CAFES booth
  16. life in our corner

    Hey, havnt seen blue for at least 6 weeks so dont get too excited. But Valentine day is generally speaking the end of our winter we may get a little cold here or there but pretty much no more snow or horrible wind
  17. life in our corner

    Sold the new to us heifers. Going to buy some springers with the $ and give some to Rabo. Neeed milk in the tank to make this continue. But leary pf adding any hd till 100% sure everyone is health. Have had no myco cows for week. But waiting for the final call of the 2/2 sampling of all new cows monday afternoon. Sun came out finally, really makes you feel better imo. Pray all this settles. Dead calf day. There we about 12 bald eagles, some young so brown heads. Very nice few days. Putting some fertilizer out. Grass just took off last dew days. Cool 30s but SUNNY!
  18. 8930 dual pto

    8930 pushed seals out of small 1000 shaft while on gen running 540. Any ideas? Shaft is tight yet
  19. 8930 dual pto

    Since you all were waiting with expectations.... Neighbor who is custom guy and good mechanic stopped in. We looked, rear bearing out. So we popped it out (like 20 min) and he was gonna rebuild it for us at his shop. Does a bunch of work in winter when not chopping or baling. He stopped in.....bearing must of been out for a bit. Ground the housing and messed up the shaft too. The main shaft settled and just rubbed the cases. He is gettign prices together to determine if getting new casting or just get whole take out is cheaper. Used dual pto are 5k min here plus frieght
  20. Touchy subject

    Totally fine. See many kids who get the No No an are troubled punks u fortunately. Never my 1st thing and when it's done it's made clear why. Hand only here. Maybe us boys needed little more....
  21. life in our corner

    Wait got you mixed up with guy in carnation. SJH...berry farmer. Your up the stilliguamish right?
  22. life in our corner

    I may. They sold a penta last sale to guy my brother breeds for. What kind? Ill honk tomorrow!
  23. life in our corner

    Depends on your forages. If you feed alot of marshmallow long stuff or dry orchard hay they need em to cut it up. Or even tough alfalfa. But we feed softer alfalfa (better quality) and chopped forages so it dont need more. It would turn ration to mush if they all were in. With the 3 sp gear box we even felt it was to finely mixed. But the trans brain can be adjusted to when and if you use the high gear setting. If you recall the 8930 ate a pto bearing during generator use during ice storm. Had guy up road fix. We pulled unit, simple simple, and he was gonna rebuild. Bearing dropped shaft just enough to ruin housing and shaft. 5000 for a take out unit. Back housing 600 iirc. Getting all prices qouted and then deciding. Sold all but babies and springers from herd with issues we got. Cannot afford to feed them with 80+ less head than budgeted.. the cash will be nice too. Didnt make any but got out of feeding and will put toward line of credit i think. Maybe buy 10 15 more spingers to get milk flow up too. We got to get this myco mastitis under control 1sy
  24. life in our corner

    It really was fine. The mixer is real stable with tandem duals. The m135x kubotas are pop here. Dragging manure hose, running big mixers, silage balers, pushing silage etc. The m7 is way nicer than m6 models. Friend has 20k hrs on few of his 5 or 6 m135x kubotas
  25. life in our corner

    Demoed for 1 day! Didnt wanna be spoiled. The lease for mixer was 1400/m and yeah tractor 0% for like 5 years. Good deal really, it has 200hr on and they wanna get one on a farm here. He sells tons of kubota mid and small but no m7 model yet. Lots of m135x around and guys like them. But good deal when your broke aint that good anymore! Worse is it wont change anything. Still samw amt of loads, mixes well and so does our NDE. Maybe easuer on fuel than the 7140. And ease to operate. 7140 is showing age. Self adjusting hydros, pump makes funny noise from belly sometimes. 15500hr. But if you save fuel and a tick od time since it goes 30mph you need def now also.