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Nice out this morning but going to get hotter. Yesterday, Sunday, DS mowed about 30-40 acres. I went and picked him up so he could leave the tractor since he will bale with that one.
Then we moved the cows that keep getting out of the useless high tensile fencing here next door. They were out Sat eve then again Sunday morning, and after DS texted me and said they were out and he had to put them back in... I went and got them in the smaller "catch lot" and shut the gates. They had some shade and some grass which they ate down... no water, but tough. No more loose and into my yard and then in the road and a couple had gone through the garden but did very little damage other than a couple of onion plants and making tracks in the soft soil. So the trouble makers are at the barn and will be preg checked on Wed and moved to other appropriate places. DS moved that bull to a group of cows with small calves ready to be bred rather than go get a new one out of the bull lot. This one has either got all these cows well bred, or we have problems. He has spent the better part of his time at the corner of the field that is closest to the bull across the road just quietly "talking trash about how big and tough he is"... So he had better have done his job with those cows he was in with already... To the tune of being 5+ months bred.

He also came by about dark after discovering that the hot water was leaking at the bottom element... it has literally been leaking enough to get the well down and so I had a little water pressure but not much at all. That is why I said I had no water because it literally ran a trickle then stopped every time. The water is all over the basement dirt floor. He said he thought he had the special socket/wrench that you use to change the hot water elements (it is electric) at his house. Well he has one but it was pretty well worn and said it would not grip the nut part to get it out so he was going to get one in the morning (today) and then fix it tonight. He has an element for it as he used to have problems with his at his house. He did turn off the water to the heater so I do have cold running water anyway. Heated a little and washed up pretty decently. Hopefully will be able to take a shower at my own house this evening. But at least the cold works and I could flush and all in the bathroom. Got a gallon jug mostly full this morning and set out on the deck in the sun to make sun tea... I had about 1 glass left. Whew!!!

Planted some of the purple "green" beans last night and some older butternut squash seeds to see if they come up. Moved the row marker and want to get out there in just a bit to do a small sq of country gentleman sweet corn, and a spot for cucmbers and cantaloupe. Got some more new butternut squash seeds and some striped crenshaw to plant.

Got to go around and pick up all the stuff that Deb helped cut away from the porch... all the volunteer black walnut trees that the squirrels so thoughfully keep "planting" for me. also the stuff we cut out of the maple tree so I can ride the mower without getting my head taken off. Going to hang the spider plants now on the branches too. Frost is done I am sure, so they can get put out for the summer in the shade of the maple. With a few of the lower hanging branches out, they will get a little early sun and then mostly shade all day but it is definitely brighter under there.

DS was going to work on the rake teeth this morning since he moved the cows and all last night. Said that I should be able to rake some of the hay later this afternoon, if the sun dries it out, enough.

Headed out to do the nurse cow and get the day started for "whatever comes up next".
 

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Thank you FJ.

When I was in grad school, I worked with the United Dairymen of Arizona. There was an aflatoxin disaster and millions of gallons of milk had to be dumped. I was the one to find where the aflatoxin was residing within the milk protein. (in the ash portion). With that discovery, the UDA was able to screen future milk for aflatoxin contamination.

I imagine petri dishes of all those samples you take are something done by outside labs.

Fascinating learning, by the way. I love science. Thank you again.
 

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Our milk samples are sent to a lab in Lancaster PA. They can do lots of other things now besides the basics.... Milk can be tested for A2A2, they do DNA testing, Johnes, specific things to find what type of mastitis and there are tests nowadays for susceptibility to different antibiotics and treatments.. The lab also offers different types of blood tests... and there is alot of DNA stuff done with reg animals.....
 

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Been a LOOOONG day.
Happy Memorial day to the families of the brave men and women that have fought for and died for our country.

Got up and planned to work a little in the garden... DS called and wanted to get the cows with spring calves from the one field at doug's farm, down the driveway to the barn and the ones matched out to pasture since it was near the field he had cut. He was working on the teeth in the rake and getting it all ready to go.
So I went and put the cow in, went down there, had to bring them up the lane and down the driveway to the barn... just about 100 ft around the corner there along the road to go down the driveway. He got a couple that lives next to his own house to come... mostly to stand at the road so the cars would slow down and the cows would go the right way... Went like clockwork. So then I went up and turned the cow out. Went and got some water and stuff to put in the little cooler, got the 12 tomato plants to give to the daughter of the "doug" that used to own the farm... she had come out thinking the cows were loose.... they live across the road there... and I asked if she had started the garden and did she need any tomato plants... she said they were just getting to it so I offered them to her. The other ones I asked had too many already too.... then came back to the barn. We got the rest of the teeth in the rake, then went in the barn, sorted the cows and worked the couple of bull calves, greased and fueled up and everything ready. Then I left with the tractor and rake, and he was going to load the cows to go out and meet me there. He came by a few minutes after I got there so that worked out. He parked there on the side of the road, we went up and he showed me the thinner stuff and we looked at whether it needed tedding... some did but the majority would probably be okay. So I started on raking the thinner stuff, and then he came back with the tedder after I had raked 2 rows in the other thicker field... I said I thought it was 50/50 that raking would be enough. So he said to keep raking one area that was a little thinner, and he tedded a bunch. Then got a call that there were some cows out behind his house... so I went with him and got my car and he went up to see if the stupid neighbor had opened the gate again.... I am putting a lock on it this next week as soon as I get one....DS was going to just open up some gates into another field where they haven't been yet so they can eat grass. I assume he got them situated as I didn't hear anything else. So I took the car back to the field and got back on the tractor... plus this gave me the freedom to quit when I wanted and leave with having a vehicle there.
DS had brought me a "wendy's" lunch when he came back with the tedder... so I did get a c'burger and a cold drink and some chicken nuggets that I didn't eat yet.
Anyway, I raked until I have done more than 3/4 of what is there... including the stuff he tedded. It was drying fast today with the sun, no humidity, and a light breeze. Just got to rake 2 rows up along one fence, finish the 2 ends which are about 6-8 rows each and then do the one smaller field that is up the hill. He tedded a good part of that so it ought to be in good shape. Then go to the other place up the road that we do... Maybe go tedd it first, then do the other raking, then either go from there and rake or wait and rake Wed morning. We have the vet Wed for the preg checks on the cows we moved that were always getting out... and then move them around probably on Thuirsday.

Seems like I am going to have to go to NH with him this coming weekend. The friend is not going because he is going to be making hay also. We are supposed to get this rain stuff Thursday eve into Friday, then cooler and mostly sun for several days again. DS said he might mow on Friday before we go... dreading another 12 hour trip.... and the house clean out. Seems my sister is too busy to go next weekend... they got what they wanted... and her son is the one that wants nothing... but he is a direct beneficiary... but is not willing to come help do anything to clean it out. Looks like it will just be my poa brother, DS and me. Don't even know if we are bringing back the other truck as they have been unable to get the other caliper for the brakes. But we are getting the backhoe....

Deb had talked about staying out all week instead of going back for Thursday and Friday then coming back to the farm for the weekend again....., unless she has to do an interview for the new company that is taking over what her present company has been doing.... SO I am going to hit her up and see if she can do the nurse cow for a couple days. I will take a couple sq bales of hay up there, let her put the cow in with the calves and give her grain in the morning... stay in with them for the day, then just turn her out in the afternoon sometime... that way she won't have to stay and wait for half an hour twice a day while she eats her grain.... and she will be ready to come out in the evening. It's about the easiest I can make it for a couple of days... she will survive not getting grain twice... I will have her feed a little more in the morning.... and it will only be a couple of days.
I really want to get some more stuff planted so it can be sprouting while I am gone. I will not get the mowing done or the electric netting up before I go... but if I can get stuff planted it will take several days for it to come up so ought to be sprouting by the time I get back. And I need to at least get all the stuff we cut down and the low lying limbs off the maple, loaded on the back of the truck so the grass is not growing up into it and make it a pain to try to mow next week. Maybe I can get in the garden Wed, or Thursday.... I guess he is thinking about taking off Friday to go and we will be back on Monday....
I really thought that friend was going to make it work to go with him.... I really didn't want to go back with all we are trying to do... I guess this is a bit of the push to get some more of these cows out to grass/pasture... at least out where they should not be getting out through fences or anything....
We'll do what we have to do.
Allergies driving me nuts but it was kinda nice to be back on the tractor... Got hot in the sun... long day.... still hard to get on and off it, and knees ache a bit but don't "hurt"....It will get better...
Tomorrow will be another longish day... supposed to be hotter too....

Went to DS's house and got a good hot shower... and I put some clothes in the washer here; they can wash in cold (room temp) water... will get them on the line tomorrow.... mostly the snap and button short sleeved shirts I like to wear in the hot weather... keeps me cooler. Cannot abide t-shirts in the heat...

Forgot to send in the electric payment so have to get it in the mail tomorrow so it gets there by the 4th... since I can no longer go pay it at the bank. I am not paying a "convenience fee" to pay it by cc over the phone or anything. Don't trust the mail much but last month it was there and came out of my checking acct. in 4 days... I had allowed for 10 days... so I think as long as it gets there this week it ought to be fine.

Time to go to bed...
 

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Another busy weekend coming up! Too bad you have to go back, I know you aren’t looking forward to it. Hopefully this will be it and you won’t have to go again.
 

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Talked to Deb and she is going with me in the morning to see what to do for the nurse cow. I am going to make it easy, and take a couple sq bales up.... she can put her in with the calves in the morning, give her the grain, put a 1/2 sq bale in the bunk, and let her stay in with the calves for most of the day, then just turn her out in the evening. Just for Sat and Sunday. She will leave to go back to Washington area for work on Monday... and get things in line for the application to the new company. At least the calves will get to eat good while she is eating the grain.

Talked to DS this morning... went and did the cow... went to the barn and worked another calf and he got the others paired up that we tagged yesterday. He was going to move them today. I went from there to the farm and got on the tractor. Did all the raking at the one place and then went to the other place. Was raking when DS came by with the baler.... and brought me some lunch again, then we went to the other place; he took me back to my car so I would have it when I finished. We will take all the equipment back to the barn or to the next field we are going to cut...
I raked and finished that last field. The sky turned real dark and it didn't look good. I went by where he was baling to make sure he was doing okay... then came home to do the samples. Got on the computer and saw where there might be some POP UP t-storms... out of no where it seems. It is more humid today so it happens but there was no warning of it.
DS texted me and said it sprinkled... then stopped... and then a couple more. He did not stop baling. Seems it rained about 1/100th inch where I had finished the last field... And now there is another chance of some pop up stuff after 6 p.m..... Not what I want to hear. Hoping it will go around or dissipate .

Samples got dropped off and then I went and got enough feed to get through the weekend while I am gone.
Tomorrow is the vet and I assume that DS will finish baling the last field I raked if it does not rain on it tonight. Then move the preg cows to his place down near GF . Honestly I don't know what his plans are because I don't think he is going to wean the calves off with us going away....

I want to get in the garden here and get a few things in before I do any other chores.
I am worn out though, the allergies are really bad this year and it wipes me out. Feel like I have blown my brains out my nose, today and eye is so irritated and runny :barnie:th:hit

I am going to go up to the cow and then go by DS and get another shower. He hasn't had time to get to the hot water heater with the hay and all.... Maybe once this hay is moved and the rest baled...

Had to come in and take a break for a little bit.... Drank some more water.
 

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Went out to the garden for a little bit. I see some green beans and some wax beans coming up... 2020 seeds. The onion plants look a little more "alive" and the tomatoes are getting a deep dark green so they are putting out roots into the dirt. Peppers look a little more "alive", too.
Also some squash; seeds are from 2020....
Nothing in the potatoes yet. I did plant some Country Gentleman shoepeg sweet corn this evening in a small "square" and left a space about the same size for another planting... If these seeds come up good then I will plant a second time... if spotty I will use the seed I have left to fill in. Planted some striped crenshaw squash and some cantaloupe seeds. Also put some sunflower seeds along the edge of the garden. I see some others I planted coming up.
I did plant some gherkin cucumber seeds too. Also some real old hubbard squash seeds.
I am excited about seeing some things coming up....And the deer had better stay out of them when I am gone....there is a ton of stuff for them to eat everywhere else....
Then I went up to the cow and then came home. Got here, in the house and then realized I did not go take a shower... and I am too achey to make a trip out so will heat some water and wash up tonight. I will be glad to get some hot water again. I let the clothes soak and will run them through and hang tomorrow.
We are supposed to be nice with another "chance" of a pop up shower with the humidity increasing. At least the possible ones on the radar for 5-6 p.m. faded out. Hoping that tomorrow is hot and sunny for the better part of the day so that DS can get the last of the hay baled...
My eyes are watering so time to go get a cool wet wash cloth and get washed up for the night.
 
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