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Just for anyone's info. Milk prices paid to the farmer dropped this last settlement check.... they get one early "partial payment" ( it is an estimate based on the previous months' shipments) and then a settlement (payment) for the rest of the actual milk shipped for the month. Prices went from 19.25 for the last couple of months DOWN to 16.85 .... per 100 lbs of milk. About 12 gallons (x8.5 lbs per gallon=102 lbs)..... and they are paying more for the hauling as of the first of the year....
We were getting 17.50/100 lbs back in 1989, on the farm I was milking full time on, when I had my bad car wreck. Fuel cost was half, parts and equipment cost half or a third of prices today.... they actually could make a living and have some money to put back for emergencies....the cows didn't milk as much as they do today, so they were shipping less milk.....but they weren't killing themselves to stay at the top end edge to just stay afloat.

And gas here went up to 2.45 and 2.49 at the 2 nearby stations and on road diesel is over 3.20/gal now.

I just got propane at the house. They got the new lines run and the tank set up with 25% in it on Thursday, and said they would come fill it in a day or 2. Found the slip in the door Friday aft.... 2.39/gal for propane. The fuel oil was 2.13 to fill the tank to have here....2 weeks ago.
 

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And gas here went up to 2.45 and 2.49 at the 2 nearby stations and on road diesel is over 3.20/gal now.
Curious. I think gas here has now gone up to $2.69 (haven't bought any since the end of October) but it seems off road diesel is usually about the same price as gas. On road is a fair bit higher.
 

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Just got home from testing because the farmers wife asked if I would like to eat some dinner. Just scrambled eggs, ham and fried potatoes... but it was good, I didn't have to come home and find something or make a pbj sandwich.... they ask me a couple times a year. I'm gonna take them a chicken out of the freezer as a thanks. Then we did the computer entries, everything matched and that was it.
Talked to DS a couple minutes on the way home to see if he was going to help at the big 500+ cow herd next week.... it is a morning, and with so much going on, he said that if Geneva could do it that would be better. So I will text her tomorrow and see how her week looks.
DS is now wanting to get the cows out of the last pasture and get the steers sold.... this Friday if at all possible. We are supposed to get rain tonight and most of tomorrow into Monday morning... then a break, but now there is a 50% chance on Wednesday....:barnie:he:th:th:duc:rant:somad:hit:hit. I would also like to get the cattle out and get the steers sold.... and the cows preg checked. I told him that we needed to look at the heifers at the barn and any we don't like, need to go too, while the prices look pretty good.... and we needed to think about some of them getting bred in June/July for spring calves next year. I would prefer July so they have April or even May calves.
The one good thing is, is that we KNOW that our 2 bulls that are "easy calving" do throw nice smaller calves so they can get bred to calve at 24-25 months... which is a little younger than I usually calve them at.... but I want spring calves on these heifers. Anyway... he is in a push to get these animals out now since he talked to another of the guys at the stockyards (auctioneer) and he said that they were doing pretty good and it looked like prices were going to drop because of the grain prices continuing to climb. Of course, the fact that I have said that they need to go before they get too much bigger is not relevant.... :rolleyes::idunno:th. I'm just "mom"....

So, the plan is to get them out of pasture on Thursday if possible. Let's hope there is little or no rain on wed.... originally there was supposed to be a good 4 day dry stretch....
He did say that the 2 cow cf pairs I bought were good. The hereford is a BM (broken mouth) old cow, but the calf is doing okay. She will be getting silage now so should really do better. Oh, and @Mini Horses the calf is a bwf.... not rwf.... It is a dark reddish black but will shed out black I am sure. The black cow is more solid (full ) mouth. We will see about her. They both got a triangle 10HB vaccination and the calves got blackleg. Let them get some hay and silage in them and then when it comes time to move to pasture, can make a decision on the black pair. The big hereford unfortunately will be a one and done... but she s ehouldasily gain a couple hundred lbs.... she is not skinny at 1300 lbs but is lean. And she will have a good summer of plenty to eat and no aggravations.
So, I am going to go down the hill. got the "dolly" where I will trip over it so I can put it in the car and hopefully get the car close to the back door and then I can bring up some boxes tomorrow in the car (dry). Will see about getting the meters washed in the back of the truck if it is warmer and then they can get put away. Then I will drive it more.

I did get another small box emptied and stuff washed.... even at 1 at a time I will get them done and stuff more organized.
 

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I'm glad the pairs you bought meet son's approval. I guess you did pretty good for a "mom" :lol: :lol:

I'm also glad that your son talked to the auctioneer who told him that now is a good time to sell. Good thing he has somebody to go to for advice besides "mom". :highfive: Now get those cows and steers rounded up, loaded and on their way to the sale. :hide
 

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Monday. late eve. Didn't get to sleep til way late so was late getting up. Came up to new house and packed the samples from Sat night. Took the snow/rain washed off, meters out of the back of the truck and got them in the storage box and all the hoses put where they should be. I try to keep them together by length so I don't have to go through50 hoses everytime I go somewhere to test. Parlors are different set ups, pipelines are different heights below the cows, brackets are in different places... so I need several different lengths. Anyway, got them all situated. Did some "work" computer work, and then took the samples down to drop off. Was going to the monday stock sale with DS but he couldn't get off work and he called and there weren't but about 30-40 head since it was so wet. DS talked to the owner, told him what we were looking for and gave a top limit of price.... and then I came back to the house to do some stuff. DS calls me about 3:30.... says that the owner wound up buying us some stuff, so we had to go get them. He asked if I wanted to ride along so I went. We were talking about the plans to get the cattle out on Thursday... he is getting 2 guys to help haul them out of there. Everything is coming out.... the steers that are going to the stockyard for Friday's sale will hopefully get hauled in Thursday afternoon. He also wants to haul in a bunch of heifers too. If we take in 50 head total, we also get a $5 per head discount on the selling fee.... so he wants to make 50 head. If we get that many out there will be alot less to feed and alot less to make a muddy mess too.
The mud is sooooo bad.
Then we will also have alot less animals there to have to shuffle around so we can get the 25+/- cows pregnancy checked. Any cows that are not bred will be going to the sale too. But they can all be taken in on Friday morning... they will all go on the ticket as far as the total is... but he had better plan on 50 head of feeder calves just to be sure.
So we are going to look over the heifers, and make some decisions who will stay and who will go.

2 of the ones that were bought today are heifers and one is pretty nice. She was well below what I think she was worth.... and we are contemplating keeping her to breed with the rest in June/July. The other one is not bad either but she seems to have a little bit of a stiff back leg.... don't know if it got bruised or injured, or if it is something wrong with it. Have to look at her a little bit more. There will still be a few more oddball calves that will be "sell" calves, so won't hurt her to stick around for a little bit longer. We are going to get the bulk of the calves out, and then the littler ones will have a chance to maybe get a little more feed and be ready to be sold in April when smaller "hobby type farmers" are looking for a few "grass calves".

Anyway, we came back to the barn and worked 8 bull calves in the 500-600 lb range through the chute and banded and gave tetanus shots to. A couple of them might very well match ours so we will see if the testicles will be ready to cut off by Thursday night. We use the "callicrate" brand bander..... it is a much stronger, larger, type band that you use a larger "tool" that cranks the elastic tight crimps it together with a metal piece,.... it cuts off the circulation FAST and they get numb very fast... I much prefer it over the little green "cheerios" even though we do use them too.... But this will cut off the circulation in like 1/2 an hour to where I have seen calves go back to eating like normal within an hour. The "sac" then will shrivel up but if the band does it's job, the sac is cold within 2 days and you know that it has worked right. You can then actually cut off the sac below the crimped band and that is the end of it. If you do cut them off, you don't have to wait for them to fall off and you do not get the smell from the decomposing tissue. The other thing about this is that you don't run the risk of having a retracted testicle because there is no way you can miss the size of these. So no chance of a "stag" animal. So we will see how they look and may or may not hold them over for a bit. They are pretty nice calves.

So that was my afternoon. Not at all productive at the house, but we did get a chance to kinda get on the same page on some of this stuff. I will not be able to help haul cattle thurs morning as I will be at the 500+ cow herd testing, with Geneva helping. Was going to do it tomorrow tues, but it didn't suit as well. Plus I have PT at 10:30 tues , so better I don't cancel. Then I can get the paperwork all together for the cattle, copies of what they will be moving so he can make sure he has all of them, and a list of all the calves so we know what belongs to whom Actually on the steers it isn't a problem as I am pretty sure I only have 1 in that group and it is a charolais cross so smokey grey colored. In the heifers I do need to get the list updated so that we know what we are looking at. I think that there are 2 or 3 in there that are mine. There are a couple of calves at the nurse cow field that can be sold, but they will not be going this Friday. They will be with the next group whenever they go. I have got to get them to start coming back in for feed.

The rain fizzled out about 9-10 a.m., thankfully. It was cloudy and grey all day but there was a wind so it was helping to dry it off a little. The proposed rain for wed looks like it will not happen now so he should be good to go if we get a little drying out . At least the snow is gone off the shaded side of the driveway. Turning around up there will be a PITA as they will not be wanting to get off the roadway most places.... but if I am not there then DS can't b#@#h at me for getting a truck stuck.
I will be back by 11 or so, and the one guy has to leave by 2... I think it will take them several hours to get all the cattle caught and then moved. So I will probably help haul a load to town late Thursday aft. It will take 3 trailers to haul all the ones he wants to sell, and he wants to take them to the sale so they are not out in the mud Thursday night if at all possible. I'm all in favor. If one of the 2 guys helping brings his trailer, and we have 2 then we can do it without the other guy who has to leave. If I was here Thurs morning, I would probably help haul too, but let them do it.
28-29 the next 3 nights then mid 20's the rest of the week at night. Days in the 40-50 range.... no precip for at least a week or more. :bow:bow:bow:thumbsup:celebrate:yesss::yesss::highfive::jumpy:clap:clap:clap:clap:celebrate
 

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That sounds like a busy day coming up. Even better is that DS has help and it ain’t you! LOL LOL Good luck on the sale, hope y’all get good prices.
 

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Tuesday, 2 pm. I got up, went to pool PT and had a good day. SUN IS OUT ......BEAUTIFUL...... light breeze today but not near as much as yesterday. But that wind yesterday did help to get the ground a little dried off the top. It got down to 27 last night so ground was hard this morning. Then the sun has made it "greasy" on top.... but the sun looks and feels GOOD!!!!!

Well, calves aren't going to the sale until Friday morning. DS is still bringing them back to the barn Thursday. I got the paper for the pasture so he knows how many he needs to make sure there is. He did say he found a dead calf, small one. There were 4 cows put there that had been diagnosed open... and they were young cows, so they got put "back with a bull" there... with their calves that are now pretty big.... Well there must have been at least 2 that were short bred..... one has a nice little calf about 2 weeks old now, and then he found another dead one. Might have been born in the real crappy weather as he was feeding enough for 4-5 days at a time because it was so hard to get in and out with the truck...... So we will try to figure out who had it.... everyone had a calf when they went in there and the one with the new little calf has a big calf there too. But DS said that he has not seen the big calf around her so she must've weaned him off on her own. I don't know who the other was off of.... we will be able to figure it out as she will be open obviously. Since the weather is most likely to blame, she will get another chance if she is a younger cow.

So, I had to change my regular PT appt that was on friday. And that means I will have to get up early too as he will want to haul the cattle early. I think that he is going to spend tomorrow afternoon to figuring out how he wants to move calves around in the barn where we are feeding them, so he can then put the calves to get sold, into the cleaner - less muddy - field for Thursday night. We'll still preg check Thursday afternoon, and those cows will get moved out back or somewhere for calving. I am sure that most of the calves are weaned off since the cows wouldn't be making much milk anyway.
I have an approx list of the heifer calves at the barn and there are at least 4 or maybe 6 that are mine. I am not sure about where a couple are right off. More than I thought. There are maybe 2 steers that are mine, one already at the barn off a cow we dried up, and the charl x that will be getting moved Thurs.... there are 2 charl x steer calves at that pasture so hoping they are matched as far as size, so can get sold as a pair. So, I am going to go down the hill in a bit and work on packing more stuff into boxes. I have 3 boxes to move out of the hallway here, and then I can bring another load up and put in the hallway.

So, going to get some things done. Sun sure has made it more desirable to do some stuff. I ordered some potatoes from Irish eyes... some different ones that I want to put in some rows to do some comparisons. I can get the Kennebecs and Yukon Golds and Red Pontiacs here.... so trying some others. They are expensive, but hope to be able to keep some for seed potatoes next year of any that I like. Fingerlings are not very available around here. I like the Kenebecs as a good standard potato, the Yukon golds do not keep as well but are good eating. And I have always liked red skinned potatoes.... they seem to have a nice flesh for mashed potatoes. And look nice in potato salad when you make it with skin on potatoes.
Going to try hard to make time for a garden this year..... Lots of seeds at the farm bureau... going to look and see what I have that I bought at closeout last year. I will probably try pre-sprouting some this year to make sure that they will grow. Got to get someone to till the place where I want to have the garden. I am seriously wanting a tiller for the tractor, for my own use, to be able to till when where I want to. Going to be fighting grass like @Mini Horses is reclaiming pasture for a garden and I will be reclaiming lawn that they have been mowing for the last 10 years.
Haven't heard from the guy about the boxwoods/yard cleanup. Just thought of that. Well, the moving this month is priority. And still haven't heard back from the friend on the fruit tree movings. I am not going to say anything else, again. I am tired of promises... I will pay for a mini digger and get DS to do it when he gets P.O.ed with them in the field. Seems like you can't get anyone to do what they say they will do. :hit:he:he:barnie:barnie:barnie I will have to mention it in front of GF because he jumps when she says things....so I will play on it. Learning to how to fight my battles.....

He did ask when I was wanting to move stuff..... If it stays dry, he will be able to get up closer to the door and maybe get the big stuff moved in about 2 weeks. Then I can get the last little stuff done, and cleaning done. So I need to get things done this next week or so. I have about 75% of the stuff done, out of the house, I think. Looks like alot but most of the stuff left, is bigger stuff. And the freezers. Next week I get the new one for the house, then can move stuff out of the one and get it cleaned. Thinking maybe he can help me move it then I can empty out the next one and get stuff moved up here and that one cleaned out.
Got to get going.
 

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Learning how to fight your battles.... :lol: You are wising up. She must like you, if she wants your DS to "help his mom".

I hope y'all do well at the sale.

You are down to the wire on getting the rest of your stuff moved. Little by little, you have done wonders. Now you are down to the big stuff that you need help on.
 

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Wednesday. Went to Blacksburg with DS for the dr appt when he gets the prolotherapy shots. Then went to Rural King ( TSC on steroids type store) and found a single pair of ankle high boots... not expensive and LUCKILY they fit. Closeout of winter type stuff.... Cannot believe that they fit, I will be able to put my insoles in, and not too narrow. Had to go into a bigger size, but PT said that I probably need to accept that with this ankle and the little bit of edema that I might never lose out of the foot. Never dreamed that I would find something I could wear and have it be the ONLY pair left!!!!!! YAY !!!!!They have laces and I could get them on and off..... and will not pull off like the "muck shoes" that I have that are waterproof but pull off in the sticky mud.

DS is going to ask GF father if he can come and move the 3 peach trees at the rental house. DS said he will find some dirt put in his small dump truck, then can fill the holes once we get them dug. Landlord can't complain about that. I asked him for the flat prybar to get the molding up around the cabinet and he asked if I needed him to do it. I said I would like if he could get the part of the old "island" thing that was in the kitchen, that is sitting in the DR, out of the house so I can start getting more boxes moved in there and stacked. Maybe I can get him to get the cabinet moved easier than I can do it myself. So, anyway, I may just see if I can get GF father to get the trees out of the field too. DS said that this might not be a good time to move them, and that they aren't doing him any good there but it is what it is...... HUH..... this is my kid????? not raising he// that they are still there????

We are going to the barn and look over the heifers that are in that lot.... he is going to try to get some of the cattle moved around this afternoon. So that will be good. And the dr wrote the off work order for today AND tomorrow so he will be able to use a "sick day" for tomorrow instead of one of his earned days..... And he will go in to work a little late on Friday after we haul the cattle.

So, I am going to get a few things done here until he calls and said that he is done feeding and ready to look over the calves/heifers.

It is SUNNY and nice, a little breezy but not bad. 50's + .... and the forecast that I just saw, is for a possible 7-10 day stretch of NO PRECIPITATION..... :celebrate :celebrate :celebrate :clap :clap :thumbsup :thumbsup :jumpy:yesss::yesss::yesss::jumpy:jumpy:jumpy:jumpy:jumpy:weee:weee:weee:weee:weee
 
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