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Saturday, September 19th, 2009
11:07 pm
Making Hay...

(Originally posted on my journal on September 15th, 2009)

     It's been busy (as usual) the last few days; The sort of days when you work from Sun Up to Sun Down, and afterwards you're just too tired to do much of anything else.  Saturday was the Kidling's 4-H Achievement Day, and that went over very well.  The kids in the group created several projects including 3 steel fire-pits, a steel & glass table, a basket-ball pole & hoop, and the Kidling's trailer.

Making Hay!Collapse )

     In the end, we got 87 bales of hay.  At least, that's what the bale-counter in the machine says, but in reality there will be a bit less than that since a few of the first ones fell apart.  Normally, there would have been a lot more, but again, this was a very bad year for production.  Our east field was only at about 1/3 of last year's height.  Between the hay we're buying from a neighbour, and our own hay, we've got enough to last about one year so I think we'll be OK.  Here's hoping for a better crop next year!  Now I just need to clean the last of the hay out of the baler, and prepare it for storage over the winter.

Current Mood: accomplished
Saturday, April 25th, 2009
9:45 am
My "new" Tractor...

Well, I finally have my newest toy for the farm; something I should have had a long time ago, as it's one of the most useful things one can have on a farm: my "new" tractor!  (More pics here.)

According to TractorData.com, this tractor was built in 1959.  The owner says that it's a 45HP tractor, though TractorData lists it at 33HP (claimed) at the drawbar, and 43.95HP tested.  It's old, yes, but it runs well.  I had it started up and I drove it around a little, raising and lowering the Front-End-Loader (FEL) a few times.  It has power steering, which is really nice, as well as a 3pt hitch (Class 1, I think) and a 540 PTO.  According to the hour-meter, this tractor has 2917.6 hours on it.  I suspect that's incorrect, but it would be great if it really was accurate!

The problem now is getting it back to the farm.  I bought the tractor in DeWinton, a town just south and east of Calgary.  Thus, I had to acquire a trailer to move it with.  I checked about renting one, and for the length of time that I would need it, it was a better deal to buy one instead.  I can also justify the purchase as there are other things that I'm going to need, and I'll be needing a flatdeck trailer to move those as well.  Not the least of which is the 1950 Chevy truck that I bought at my In-Law's auction back at the beginning of the month (as noted here.)  The trailer is an 18' Pacesetter, 83" wide.  The trailer has dual 3500lb axles, with electric brakes on both axles.  The GVWR however, is only 6000lbs which puts it pretty much at the limit for being able to handle this tractor (the tractor coming in at 4200lbs.)  I'm not sure why the trailer's GVWR is so low, when my Sundowner horse-trailer with the same axles has an 8000lb GVWR.  I'm wondering if the fact that the Pacesetter has a wooden deck is the reason?  In any case, I'm also having the trailer outfitted with extra tie-downs for the chains.

Which brings me to a question: Anyone know how to properly secure an old tractor (or truck) to a flat-deck trailer using chains and binders?  Everything I've read says to not even think about using straps, and to use 3/8" chain instead.  I've been able to garner some information from online sources, but I've got a bit more research to do.
My biggest worry is the weather; it's threatening to get nasty again for a few days, and that's just typical of the way things have been going for the last few months.  Rain alone would be bothersome, but with the temperatures hovering near the freezing mark, it's likely to be a mixture of rain and snow.  Joy oh Joy!

Current Mood: okay
Monday, April 20th, 2009
12:06 pm
Ford 6610

     As I've mentioned a few times, one of the things we desperately need out here on on the farm is a small tractor.  Something along the line of a John-Deere 2130, or a 4020.  What's important is that is has a front-end-loader (FEL) and a 3-point hitch, as that just makes the whole beast that much more useful around the farm.  The problem is the cost...

     Small tractors with those features are in high demand, and the price reflects that.  Even used, one can expect to pay a few thousand dollars for such a machine!  On Sunday, I was returning a U-Haul trailer to Swift Current, and I stopped in at a few of the dealerships along the entrance to the city.  They were closed of course, but that gave me an opportunity to just look at some of the machines without any sales pressure.

     One that really caught my attention was a Ford 6610, which had been outfitted with a FEL and has a good 3pt hitch on the back.  It's an open machine (no cab), and 2-wheel drive.  I called the dealership this morning to get the specs for it, and this is what they faxed back:
  • AS IS 1991 Ford 6610
  • 2wd
  • Open Station
  • Standard Transmission
  • 540 PTO
  • 3Pt
  • 18.4 R34 Rear Tires
  • 10.00 R16 Front Tires
  • Leon 707 FEL
  • Grapple
  • 2052 hours
     They're asking $16,900 Can$ for this tractor, which doesn't seem out-of-line, but that's still an awful lot of money.  The low hours is attractive though, as is the grapple on the loader for snatching big hay bales.  Anyone have any experience, comments, or suggestions?

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, September 4th, 2008
9:31 pm
Farm Pics!
     I finally got some pictures of the farm and such uploaded.  There's a link along the sidebar of my journal, or just click here.  :)

     Pictures of the farm, some old machines, my mini horses, etc. 

Current Mood: relaxed
Saturday, August 16th, 2008
12:14 am
Thatch removal?
    Does anyone have advice on how to remove an extremely thick layer of thatch?  I'm talking several inches deep...

      We had grass close to 4' tall out on the farm, growing between buildings and other places where it shouldn't be.  I've managed to cut a lot of it down, but there's an extremely thick layer of thatch underneath parts of it.  Of course, these parts are where I need to put other things, like a temporary paddock for my miniature horses.

     We don't have a tractor (yet) so we need a method of removing this thick layer without one.  I was wondering if something like a spiked harrow, pulled behind my 4x4 truck would be an idea way to remove this stuff.

Current Mood: tired
Sunday, April 13th, 2008
3:42 pm
Here's what happens when people lose touch with reality
A group of protesters in England want to stop sheep shearing "because it's cruel".

I hope none of them eat meat, because it certainly hurts more to have someone kill and eat you than it does to have a haircut. Imagine how a fly or mosquito feels about being swatted... Will they ban antibiotics and disinfectants because they cause pain and suffering to bacteria and other microorganisms?

I'm particularly amused by the assertion that "electric clippers can nick the skin." Do they understand that the alternative is either the hand shears, which cause a lot more little nicks and scrapes, or else letting the sheep die of heat exhaustion?

Current Mood: amused
Saturday, February 23rd, 2008
11:26 pm
Thank you for acceptance into the community. I do not own a farm, but I do have a vegetable garden at home, and enjoy watching things grow.
And a friend of mine and a bank owns a farm South of the Chicago metro area. We do bale hay there a few times a year, which we sell to those with horses. Being mainly a machinery junkie, we bale with an old Allis Chalmers WD, John Deere model 24 baler, and JD sickle mower, and hay rake.
In the barn is a little John Deere 140 that I'm restoring, and am searching for the small implements that were available for it, as Farmer Bob says I can have the area on the sunny side of the barn so I can have a real vegetable garden.
Friday, March 16th, 2007
12:23 am
Hey everybody
Wow I was pretty surpried to find this community, then again I have been surprised at other furry communitys I have found. Wow there must be a furry community for almost every interest and lifestyle you can think of.
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Monday, March 5th, 2007
7:41 pm
I've got some photos up that you guys might like. One gallery was taken last year mostly during planting season, and the other is photos of my great-uncle's antique tractor auction.
Wednesday, February 21st, 2007
10:05 pm
Hey there!
Forgot to add this community to my regular reading filter when I joined it...oops.

Anyway, just thought I'd introduce myself. I'm Aureth, and I've been poking around the furry community for years. Helped found Midwest FurFest, chaired it for a couple years, ran websites and e-zines and fanzines. Mostly retired from all that, now, and just lurk. Too busy with actual life.

I grew up on a small dairy farm on the Wisconsin-Illinois border. Got a degree in agronomy from the University of Illinois, and I'm now in Iowa. I work for an independant ag supply business, selling fertilizer, seed, chemicals, and various other services. I'm a Certified Crop Advisor, which mainly means I go to too many training meetings over the winter.

Want to know why your corn isn't growing? I can probably tell you! ;)
Saturday, January 13th, 2007
8:49 pm
Well woke up this morning and mike told me that upon takin a piss, that the toilet was frozen. ok esays i. So I clean up the bedroom, while waitin for everything to thaw out. Its while im vaccuuming that i notice a Big line voltage drop where the lights dim, and the vaccuume slows down. Ah says I , I need to turn the frozen booster pump off b4 it burns out. Head down to do that, and find 2 check valves are frozen solid and broken, thru the heat tape on them too.So out to fresno we go with likst in paw. We managed to be in town ownly a little over an hour, and got everything we needed to complete plumbing nightmare. I even got the elusive zipper fur my suit, that noone carries near home. And the buckles for my hooves.
We got back home in record time having taken 1/2 a day to run for parts, and set about repairing the water situation. Well upon doing that, and thawing the ice tubes out of the pipes, we found that the supply branch for the pressure side of the pump was broken the entire length, including all the fittings. So in short, we managed a quick fix, eliminating allot ov pipe, and waited 2 hours after to test it. Well it worked fine, with the exc, of the hot water pipe under the bathroom was broken, and sprayin out all the hot water. Shut off the supply to heater, and it stopped. Ok thinks I, but fuck nooo! 1/2 hour later theres another leak I can hear. And its on the cold side.
I take a quick hot towel bath, and head back out to drain entirre syst, and the hose bib is already frozen 1/2 hour later.
I have needed to redo the plumbing, but not really when the hi is 35*. I have all the fittings, and pipe in copper already, but have been putting it off till i had the bathroom ready to plumb.
I think fur now Im gonna go and garden hose it till i have the energy to deal with it.

I Do have to ask epona if I can have Any luck on things tho. Im fn tired of Everything being a fucking hell ordeal Every time.

Oh and there was a nice roaring flue fire tonight too, while we ran around looking for water. Luckilly it subsided quickly after slamming the dampers shut. And Yes i Did punch out the flue. 2! weeks ago :( GRRRRRRRRRRRR

Current Mood: pissed
Saturday, January 6th, 2007
5:30 pm
Uh, OK
Well, that was unexpected. However, I'm willing to stand in at least for the present, though I'm not sure I really qualify as a farmer unless just the fact of having a very small farm makes me one. That's sort of like saying that owning a truck makes you a trucker, isn't it?

I have no plans to be going anywhere, so the community will stand. We might consider appointing a second moderator though, just in case the unexpected comes along. Any thoughts?

Current Mood: blank
12:25 am
Im departing
there is too much drama here to make livejournal worth my time. I may come back under another name.

Altivo I made you moderator here since I didnt want the group to die.
Friday, December 15th, 2006
5:23 pm
Banimine Revisited
I spoke to the vet himself today and he said basically he dont like giving it out to most people but he knows me and trusts my judgement. His assistant dont know me too well so she was cautious
8:40 am
I hope I am spelling that right. Any way the injectable muscle relaxer for horses normally given when there is a colic. I am in the vets office this morning to drop off one of the barn cats and I mention I need to get more banimine as mine has expired. I start talking with the vet tech lady there and she says doc is wary of it as if you give it to a horse with colic it can A: mask the pain and the horse thus feeling good or better could do something stupid B: make their vital signs off so the vet cant get a good reading

Now for me every vet and horse person I have ever delt with in the past in my admitedly short time of working with horses (about 5 years) has swore by the stuff. I was told that every horse owner should keep it. The rule of thumb I was always told was 1cc per 100lbs. If you have a high confidence its colic give them the banimine, get them up and walking untill the vet can get there and evaluate.

Anyway she put a note in that I requested it and is going to have doc talk to me. Doc knows me, trusts me and knows I wouldnt misuse it. Hell he wants me to come in from time to time and help him work so I dont think its that

Ive heard countless wives tales of beer, walk them, dont walk them, walk them in water but the one everyone seemed to swear by was the banimine.
Friday, November 17th, 2006
7:51 am
Yikes, loose horses
Not the way I like to get up in the morning. Chasing loose horses. Looked out and no horses waiting, saw them up on the northeast corner and on the wrong side of the fence. Yikes.
No great hurry. They were trying to get back on this side of the fence. It's feeding time.
The breach was easy to find, the stapples that held the back gate was gone and gate was wide open.
All it took to get them trotting happily home was one look at the feed scoop and don't get in the way.
First to the gate were my three mini studs, the paint colt Traveler his mother Lady Marm. Then there was Bellah, Dancer, Rosie and Jake. The donks stayed home, so did Margo and Knight pluw Bluebery Frost
Ot is a circus when we have that many horses out having fun.

Current Mood: busy
Monday, November 13th, 2006
2:30 pm
Barn building
We started the new 30' x 48' barn this weekend. Dug fourteen holes for the sidewall uprights, set and squared the posts, then nailed the 2" x 4" runners and 2" x 6" greenboard. We finished just before dark last night by laying out the metal, then cutting and nailing temporary crossbraces. About 12 hours of work so far, and about 10 to go before it is completely built. My shoulders and arms are sore!

Once the exterior is built, I will be starting on the interior walls (which will be 2" lumber to protect the metal from butts and hooves). After that I'll start framing out the stalls. When it's done, it will be a beautiful horse hotel, with six standard stalls and one double-size foaling stall, sliding doors, with tack and feed area, central plumbing and variable lighting.
Saturday, October 21st, 2006
12:10 am
Going to have to agree with Darkhorse. We need to find homes for a few of our equine friends. Free to a good loving home. One yearling gaited dark bay filly named Angel. You must come pick her up and prove she is going to a loving home
Hell, they are my family and I don't want to let any of them go
Saturday, October 7th, 2006
7:06 pm
Our new horse trailer
Well I was able to snap a couple of pictures before the sun went down.

Our new horse trailer. We did a little horse trading for it if you count my old bronco and our old horse trailer. It almost almost matches the paint of the truck just a shade darker but it was worth the wait.

Sunday, September 24th, 2006
2:31 pm
Wellhouses, mares, mulch and icons
Im partially posting this to show off my newly sto... borrowed lj icon.. but I was outside brainstorming...

See my mare now lives in the backyard. I had to do this as she is a bit of a piggy and she would kick me for saying that. The backyard has no grass right now so its the safest place for her. If shes loose she gorges herself on grass and everybody elses food thus becoming overweight and getting sore feet. Where she is I can regulate how much hay she eats and make sure she dosent get into the grain. Once the baby is born I have a feeling feeding him or her will take care of most of the excessive weight.

With the storms that happened this weekend I realised the back yard is missing somthing important for her and that is shelter. She dosent like storms too much and bringing her indoors expecially doing storms while the stairs are slick isnt too great of an idea eather so I am pondering shelters. Was thinking about a leanto on the house but then...

I look and see the wellhouse which is in the backyard. Its I think a 10x16 steel shed. The well slab itself is only 6x6 and sits in one corner of the shed. We put the steel building over it when we replace the well (thus destroying the old shed that was over it) because a 10x16 steel shed kit from sears was cheaper than building a 6x6 wooden well house. This leaves me with extra space. Im thinking I could build up some sort of barrier wall to protect and further insulate the mechanical/electrical parts of the well, insulate the well house which needs to be done anyway and use the rest of the space to build a shelter for her.

While tempting and considered in the past I am not going to make a scale my little pony playhouse and no I am not going to paint it pink or purple. It would be a little house that she could go into in bad weather, to keep warm and hopefully feel safe enough to foal in. The ground except for the well slab is dirt and could be filled with shavings. The walls and celing once insulated would be quiet and warm

On a side note I have the neighbor boys clearing the woods behind my house leaving behind the tops and branches of the trees.. mostly oak and other asorted hardwoods. I have two questions. One the horses love eating the leaves off these branches is that safe to let them do it and 2 if I buy a chipper/shredder would the wood chips make good groundcover/bedding/filler to help fill in the barn and layer in the backyard? Would be something softer for her to walk on than the rocky ground and would help start filling in the barn where it will break down and turn into dirt. The barn is horribly off level by about 4 feet from one end to the other and we are talking 20+ acres of treetops to be ground up
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