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On 2/11/2019 at 8:34 PM, jass1660 said:

Bluemoose said eastern part of your state there is guys that lost up to 5,000 head in the dry lot areas.

Most guys I've spoke too say the number of losses are not that high but higher than the reported 1600.  1 dairy lost 160 heifers alone.  Sounds pretty dark over there from what i hear.  Stuff like that just must kick you in the gut. 

Was told today one of the biggest dairies in county is open about auctioning off herd next month.  Sad deal....the dad was a heck of a dairyman and businessman.  Did pretty well.  He is in nursing home now and my mom helps him out as a nurse.  Decent guy.  Prices just keep dragging this winter.

After getting manure stuff figured out us boys decided to use the dang snow for good for a few hrs.  This sleigh is my Grandpas he build for my dads oldest sister when in Middle school.  She grad HS in '59!😁  It was a "barge wagon", horse drawn, that he made wood skies and pulled with his Super A for kids.  In 63 Dad took sides off in shop class.  Cut up old steel wagon wheels to make stonger frt skids.  The flat is 1x10 t and g.  The flat just sits in 2x4s on skid frame.  Nothing ties it to skids.  Hitch is old scrap from something.  There is a neat chain system tying frt to back skids.  Cousin let us into fair grounds down in the hole by creek.  No WIND!  Was so nice.  Kids loved it!  I wanted to take to the streets like when we were (and dad) did.  But brothers were fun policing.  Wife bumped in to kin who grew up next to dad.  Said we were sleigh riding and he said "the one from when we were kids?!"  She said yep.... he laughed and laughed about all the fun they had when he was in HS with dad and his brothers back when!  They used Gpas Super A or their 40jd.  Dad sure smiled when watching kids ride around.  

My hfr guy sent a pic to assure me...🙂

They insisted to try "skating" on puddle Saturday in 55mph wind.  The green is whats left of cover.

Sleigh in truck.

It was kinda icky otherwise here...wind and few inches.  3 no school days.  Heli spray guys hoop building collapsed Saturday in wind...

Kept em busy...

County plow KW.  They sure did good in our area this time.

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Troy i'm hoping by now it's warming up some and your having better weather up north.

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If you can have a trailer with brakes....dont get em.  Life be so much easier.

Happy Valentine's babe! (Nice nice used appliances!  My washer leaked an soaked area😥)

Had to scoop out alleys after thawed some.  Had not scraped for 2 weeks!  Like sawdust slushy.

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Trailer brakes are just evil...must be electric. I wonder if the electric hydraulic are just as bad... 

 

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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,

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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...

Keith-  

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19 minutes ago, mader656 said:

Trailer brakes are just evil...must be electric. I wonder if the electric hydraulic are just as bad... 

 

Cattle jockeys have hydro/elc.  They say way more betterer.  Still need adj etc but just work like a drum brake should.  You know...BOTH shoes absord heat so 1 dont crack and destroy the other!  Trailer needs hub/drums now with apk 40k miles on it.  Face the mag attracts too is rough so un reliable 

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I used to pull an old gooseneck Redi Haul trailer with a 350 bu grain box on it. It had hydraulic disc brakes.  They had been vac operated back in the day, we ran them with an electric over hydraulic unit. That bugger could STOP! It did take some getting used to the slight delay inherent to that system though. 

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2 hours ago, Gearclash said:

I used to pull an old gooseneck Redi Haul trailer with a 350 bu grain box on it. It had hydraulic disc brakes.  They had been vac operated back in the day, we ran them with an electric over hydraulic unit. That bugger could STOP! It did take some getting used to the slight delay inherent to that system though. 

My livestock trailer has elec. over hyd. brakes. As mentioned, there is a slight delay on application but they will STOP. Much better than straight elec.

Troy, trying to get you to page 200!:)

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7 hours ago, hillskinefarms said:

My livestock trailer has elec. over hyd. brakes. As mentioned, there is a slight delay on application but they will STOP. Much better than straight elec.

Troy, trying to get you to page 200!:)

yup me too

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Our cattle trailer has electric brakes that don't work anymore but it doesn't leave the farm and gets pulled by a '72 Mack

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12 hours ago, TroyDairy said:

If you can have a trailer with brakes....dont get em.  Life be so much easier.

Happy Valentine's babe! (Nice nice used appliances!  My washer leaked an soaked area😥)

Had to scoop out alleys after thawed some.  Had not scraped for 2 weeks!  Like sawdust slushy.

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I find it amazing when a guy is trying to save money the odd things crap out that happens to me all the time !

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If it makes ya feel better on the trailer..

Today driving down the interstate there was a van riding on a rollback. Rollback was on the side of the road missing the drive tires on one side. Guess he was waiting for a bigger rollback to haul him??🤔🤔🤣🤣

Keep yer chin up!😁

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15 hours ago, TroyDairy said:

If you can have a trailer with brakes....dont get em.  Life be so much easier.

Happy Valentine's babe! (Nice nice used appliances!  My washer leaked an soaked area😥)

Had to scoop out alleys after thawed some.  Had not scraped for 2 weeks!  Like sawdust slushy.

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Hope the warm weather brings better times for you

 

Nice drain connection on the washer😄

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And you have to license your water heaters?? Thats crazy!!😂🤣😂🤣

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20 hours ago, TroyDairy said:

Cattle jockeys have hydro/elc.  They say way more betterer.  Still need adj etc but just work like a drum brake should.  You know...BOTH shoes absord heat so 1 dont crack and destroy the other!  Trailer needs hub/drums now with apk 40k miles on it.  Face the mag attracts too is rough so un reliable 

Right now for a few extra bucks I’m refacing the mag part of trailer brakes on my Lathe for a guy who works on trailers. He said he can get twice the life out of the if he gets them turned. They are hard...

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55 minutes ago, NY1468 said:

Right now for a few extra bucks I’m refacing the mag part of trailer brakes on my Lathe for a guy who works on trailers. He said he can get twice the life out of the if he gets them turned. They are hard...

Really?  We were told by shops dont bother.  Now that face it wore and it makes the Mag 'over travel' and we've had 1 fall off in drum even.  Or be all scoared up and not work.  Dang drums are 375 each.  Cant find any one besides our local towing parts supplier to get them from.  Figured the 'new' trailer is 4 this week and has apx 70000 miles on it.  So....

Eric, I know it's kinda trailer park.  Basement and 1958.  I am assuming the washer wasnt down here originally.  It works well but yeah that room is not pretty.  Mechanical/barn clothes/storage area.  I do like the cement floor and walls along with 2 floor drains though!  My dream for Her would be to move the heater to the lf og the door there.  Replumb the septic enough to set the w/d next to each other proper and rock the plywood and ceiling.  Clean it up nice.  We were going to sheet rock it at 1x but I just wasnt motivated to do that much work.  Esp covering up 60 year old plumbing.  You know the day they painted it will spring a leak!!  

The plate!?!?  LOL...  I ran over the kids bike camping 2.5 years ago.  Friend repaired the front end of truck and I just never put it on.  Its required in WA but I have never gotten flax for it.  

#...I had no idea....kinda neat or pathetic you'all watch...;):D:D:D

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Look online for the drum I briefly saw drums for dexter 7-8k for 150 range with free shipping...

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That's a good bunch of miles in 4 years on the trailer

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1 hour ago, TroyDairy said:

Really?  We were told by shops dont bother.  Now that face it wore and it makes the Mag 'over travel' and we've had 1 fall off in drum even.  Or be all scoared up and not work.  Dang drums are 375 each.  Cant find any one besides our local towing parts supplier to get them from.  Figured the 'new' trailer is 4 this week and has apx 70000 miles on it.  So....

Eric, I know it's kinda trailer park.  Basement and 1958.  I am assuming the washer wasnt down here originally.  It works well but yeah that room is not pretty.  Mechanical/barn clothes/storage area.  I do like the cement floor and walls along with 2 floor drains though!  My dream for Her would be to move the heater to the lf og the door there.  Replumb the septic enough to set the w/d next to each other proper and rock the plywood and ceiling.  Clean it up nice.  We were going to sheet rock it at 1x but I just wasnt motivated to do that much work.  Esp covering up 60 year old plumbing.  You know the day they painted it will spring a leak!!  

The plate!?!?  LOL...  I ran over the kids bike camping 2.5 years ago.  Friend repaired the front end of truck and I just never put it on.  Its required in WA but I have never gotten flax for it.  

#...I had no idea....kinda neat or pathetic you'all watch...;):D:D:D

I was just chuckling when I saw it, we all have these little items,😊

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For about 3 years my washer drain was dictated to a garden hose that drained into the utility sink...no judgement here.

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11 hours ago, TroyDairy said:

Really?  We were told by shops dont bother.  Now that face it wore and it makes the Mag 'over travel' and we've had 1 fall off in drum even.  Or be all scoared up and not work.  Dang drums are 375 each.  Cant find any one besides our local towing parts supplier to get them from.  Figured the 'new' trailer is 4 this week and has apx 70000 miles on it.  So....

Eric, I know it's kinda trailer park.  Basement and 1958.  I am assuming the washer wasnt down here originally.  It works well but yeah that room is not pretty.  Mechanical/barn clothes/storage area.  I do like the cement floor and walls along with 2 floor drains though!  My dream for Her would be to move the heater to the lf og the door there.  Replumb the septic enough to set the w/d next to each other proper and rock the plywood and ceiling.  Clean it up nice.  We were going to sheet rock it at 1x but I just wasnt motivated to do that much work.  Esp covering up 60 year old plumbing.  You know the day they painted it will spring a leak!!  

The plate!?!?  LOL...  I ran over the kids bike camping 2.5 years ago.  Friend repaired the front end of truck and I just never put it on.  Its required in WA but I have never gotten flax for it.  

#...I had no idea....kinda neat or pathetic you'all watch...;):D:D:D

I’ve done quite a few for him over the last few years and he hasn’t said anything about magnets falling off. These are 7-8k drums and he said they are $147 a piece. I charge him $25 to turn just the face and he has someone else touch up the pad area. 

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Still trying to get you to 200! Seems like not long ago I was trying to get you to 100. Where does the time go?

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5 minutes ago, hillskinefarms said:

Still trying to get you to 200! Seems like not long ago I was trying to get you to 100. Where does the time go?

Every day is one more gone from the present and moved to the past

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