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 10-07-2003, 22:59 Post: 65786
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well after my ahying adventures I am becoming a more well rounded converted cityboy farmers parenticeSmile

I helped my friend bring in some corn for his dairy cows. We used 3- JD 4020s. One guy chopped the corn and I ferried the filled chuck wagon to my friend who was augering it into the silo.

We were goign pretty good, as fast as I could exchsnge a filled cart for an empty the "chopper" was ready. I liked it but I like the pace and process of haying better. Although augering silage is much nicer than stacking thousands of bales!

So lets see I bought/sat on my first tractor this July and so far have baled, raked, ted, chopped, augered,carted and used the following tactors in just under 3 short months.

JD 4020
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My wife say when I get into something I get all obsessive about it..she is soooo wrongWink yeah right






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 10-08-2003, 03:10 Post: 65788
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F350 Sounds like they like ya. But the freeze season is on the way and nothing beats fixing or unthawing a spreader with the "stuff" dripping on ya.

By the way the best way to learn to spread is: Always spread with a good wind at your back. A cold wind in the face is hard on ya. Wink yeah right






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 10-08-2003, 08:01 Post: 65798
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Better watch out Scott; they're gonna have you milking cows before its over with. Wink yeah right Word to the wise about that......NEVER stand behind a cow that is about to sneeze! Don't ask me how I know. Smile






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 10-08-2003, 08:18 Post: 65799
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Hopefully before you try learning to milk cows, somebody teaches you how to tell Bulls from Cows, that's important too...... ;->>

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 10-08-2003, 10:37 Post: 65813
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Isn't it strange?

Augering is ok, even good, when you do it on a tractor, but not such a good idea when operating an aircraft.

Know what I mean, Chief?






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 10-08-2003, 10:48 Post: 65814
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Definitely not good on the augering part in aircraft! Smile






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 10-08-2003, 11:30 Post: 65818
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F350, we could have used your help when I was growing up.
Except for picking up rectangular bales of hay and putting them in the barn, I liked the farming OK. Cattle and horses were also OK, but I really got to dislike pigs. It seems that they pick the hottest and coldest times of the year to pop out a dozen little ones and you have to deal with them, right now!

There is an old joke about a farmer that wins the lottery. A newspaper reporter asks him what he is going to do now. The farmer replys "I guess that I will keep farming till the money runs out."






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 10-08-2003, 22:56 Post: 65851
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Well I help for acouple of hours today. Had to keep driving the tractor through the stream to get the carts today, that was fun. The water only was about 12"-18" deep but when he first said go across the stream I hadn't seen it so my reaction was "there's a bridge right?" Smile

No milking cows for me, once I awhile I will "bottle" feed one of the calves and I also feed the heifers. That's as far as my limited cow skills go. The first time I went to feed the heifers the heard me coming and charged into the pen causing me to step to the side into some mucky cow mess which removed my boots it was so thick So Sad very embarrassing. They hear my diesel truck and think it is the tractor that usually brings the food, now I shut the motor and they never know I was there until I pull away Wink yeah right

He doesn't have bulls at the one farm but across the road another guy leases some space and he has some beef cows and the bull I met was NOT friendly. They are behind a strong fence so no problems there either.

I no nothing of pigs but my wife and daughter have been talking about acquiring a couple so who knows.






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 10-09-2003, 11:28 Post: 65880
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A couple of pigs for butchering are not much of a problem. The problems arise when you are raising dozens or hundreds of pigs. My least favorite time was when they had little ones. As I said, it was in the worst weather. You always had to worry about the adults squashing the littles ones and sometimes the boars were a problem.

On one occasion a boar came up behind my dad and sunk a tusk into his leg at the ankle and ripped the back of his leg open up to the knee. It took over a hundred stitches to close. There were also accidents involving other big hogs and we would hear about small kids that were killed nearly every year. But these injuries were all on large production farms that raised pigs. Keeping one or two is a different matter entirely.

Hogs can also get pretty domesticated and if they become pets, it creates other difficulties. Never name a hog that you intend to eat.






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 10-09-2003, 18:12 Post: 65900
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Definately stacking square bales is one of the worst jobs on the farm. Although you really only need them for horses today.
I can remember the large dairy farms and enormous stacks of hay in the barn. It about kills me to load 100 bales in today.
I bought bales off a different farmer this year, smaller bales. Farmer Brown like the large bales. They nearly killed me lifting the 70-80 lb bales over my head to fill the barn loft.
The other big no no with piglets is bottle feeding. It is very difficult to make bacon after raising them on the bottle. Much more personality than a cow, become more like killing the dog.






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