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New member, been reading for a year or 2. Enjoy the knowledge an experience shared here. 

Raised on farm didn’t farm a lot or raise a lot of animals till I decided my senior year of high school that I wanted to milk my own cows not someone else’s. Our barn wasn’t set up for dairy so I rented a neighbors barn an bought 20 cows to start that was 1987,second year I bought another herd of 25 cows an my 986 that I still have. Then took the big leap in 1990 an bought the farm that I’m on now that had a 52 stall barn built in 1980. Loved the individual cow care, took my herd to the top 3 in Lycoming county dhia by 1993. Was doing what I loved an loved what I was doing till August 30 1999 an had a day that I won’t forget ever. Ran to town to pay for a bigger bulk tank that was going to be put in next day. On way home I seen smoke, I was only 8 miles from home, gone less than 45 minutes. Closer to home the more I could see it was close to my place, crested the hill an could see my barn was billowing smoke. Lost 55 cows an 5 calves. We rebuilt but the extra debt, a divorce in 2007 required a refinance an those wonderful milk prices of 2009 just finally took its toll on me an sold cows in March 2010. I read how guys don’t miss milking cows when they leave but I do. I work the gas field now, (been by your place a lot lately bitty, lol.) Also started a farm tire service 4 years ago but when ag prices suffer so does ag service co. So do what I have to survive.

sorry probably more info than most needed or want but hey at least you have an idea of who I am. Oh an I’m a diehard red man, even though I only have my 986 that’s red an rest are pumpkins 

Keith

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Welcome to the forum

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Welcome aboard Keith. What company are you working for? 

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Welcome--------if you live long enough;  everybody will experience their ups and downs.

Main thing------keep learning from your experiences.  You will never have all of the answers.  Good luck----

 

Delta Dirt   Avon  Ms   38723

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A welcome from Michigan 

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Welcome! Sorry to hear about the bad luck.     I think a lot of guys miss milking and being around the herd especially my father but in the end he's glad he got out of it. Not buried in debt now like he was when he had the cows and was working for pretty much nothing. Was hard to make a living off a 60 cow dairy. 

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Welcome to the forum. Sorry to hear about your run of tough luck. If you are in the business long enough you will go through some trying times. Sounds like you have the right mental attitude. Keep it! It is a great group of guys here on the RPF.

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Thanks for the welcome. Soon as I figure out how to size the pictures I’ll get some up. My 9 had 2100 hrs on it when I got it in 88, it’s an 81 model with four post, around 8000 hrs now. 

Tim I drive for tried an true services hauling water up to the pge pad on Taylor road. 

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Ok I'm not familiar with that company. I know a kid who works for Stallion 

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I saw a lurker at the auction Saturday in Troy . There is more around here

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Small company, 4 trucks. It’s a friend of mine that I helped get started an asked me if I’d drive till he got going with drivers, but I’m still there. We aren’t over there everyday. Most work is over for Chesapeake around Towanda Wyalusing area.

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5 minutes ago, IH 986 said:

Small company, 4 trucks. It’s a friend of mine that I helped get started an asked me if I’d drive till he got going with drivers, but I’m still there. We aren’t over there everyday. Most work is over for Chesapeake around Towanda Wyalusing area.

Be very careful on 414 on "Cox's Hill" 3 miles east of the Eastpoint Church as there have been a few really bad wrecks there lately. Guy in a water truck landed in the creek in the winter and died ( ice storm). The gaurdrails must not last more than a month average between damage 

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I appreciate the warning. I’m no speed driver an probably use to much caution when running those trucks. I seen that spot when coming over from canton . Pick water up at blossburg so I’m empty coming over but I seen several places a guy could get in trouble on those hills an turns real easy. 

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Howdy Keith!

 

Welcome to Red Power Forum.

 I am going to share some advice with you:

Everybody here likes tractor pictures.  Regardless of brand.

There are a couple of guys that are amateur comedians and will tell you all kinds of outlandish things.

There are a couple more fellows that like to bicker about the merits of Hy-Tran, Hy-Gard, and the “Yellow Wonder Bucket Type 303”.

Discussing hydraulic oil CAN lead to an Official Red Power Forum Oil Thread where pictures of a cartoon horse being flogged appear.

Atilla and Rick are brothers.

Everybody here likes tractor pictures.  Regardless of brand.

There are a couple of guys that are amateur comedians and will tell you all kinds of outlandish things.

This site is like a virtual Coffee Shop/Diner/Country Store where folks swing by, shoot the breeze, solve all kinds of problems, and swap talk tales.

We also like pictures of things other than farming.  Dogs and dozers are great!

Enjoy!

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Welcome aboard 😊

We love pictures. Of anything. Well nearly anything.

Wnjoyed reading story.  Sorry about the bad luck but I guess thats life?

 

Regards Pid

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Welcome aboard, my family had a similar experience with a fire in 87 and lost our dairy in 98. It really sucks. Great bunch of guys on here with a ton of information. 

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