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Thursday, March 8, 2012

At Last

Yes, as seen in the photo , finally calf number2 has learned how to feed itself. I kept it alive by feeding it milk replacer for 5 days. It just did not have a clue what to do even though the cow was co-operative. So that is one chore off my list.
One of the first real snow storms of winter hit on the night of March 6 giving us a few inches of new snow and giving me a few hours of tractor time clearing up the yard and driveway with the blade. This late in the season and I have not yet had to install the snow blower on the old Cockshutt 40. That is a first in my memory.
This year's dry fertilizer arrived by truck today so I won't have to worry about getting it here in April when the frost is out of the ground and too soft to drive a truck some places.
It got a little interesting when the grain auger quit half way through unloading the fertilizer . I was desperate enough to actually consider welding the u joint back onto the drive shaft but after finding it was just a key dropped out of the shaft we were able to install a new one and finish the job. There is really never a good time for a grain auger to break down.
There is still plenty of time for a good old March blizzard like the one that hit last March 22.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad the calf figured things out. We used to have some Polled Herefords that had teats so big that the calves couldn't get them in their mouths to nurse until they got a little practice. So, each new claf had to have its mouth squirted full of milk for a few days until the calves learned to get right at the tip and keep working at it until the pressure was released enough to get a better hold.