Let's see, what have we done? We have finished the small grain harvest, fixed the break-downs, chopped the corn for silage, patched breakdowns, hauled straw & hay, waited for parts .... You get the idea. It seems we have had a lot of machinery down time.
The motor went out of the payloader. There was an air leak on the semi causing the trailer wheels to lock up. AND the hydraulics aren't working right on the John Deere tractor/loader. There were a few days that all three of our hay hauling pieces of equipment were down at the same time. Well, we are still waiting for the verdict on the payloader. The semi is fixed. We are using the tractor until it can get to the dealer's repair shop (this Monday). The hay hauling project has slowed down tremendously.
We hire the corn chopping done. There is a man out of Alberta, Canada we hire. It is the type of job that would take us nearly two weeks to do by ourselves. It also takes three to four people to do it as we need someone to run the chopper, someone to pack the corn pile and someone to drive truck. (and a full time mechanic to try to keep things running) It got to be more efficient for us to hire this custom crew. They don't require anything from us (except the check!) and we can work on other projects.
Chopping corn & filling the truck on the go
Packing the pile
Christopher is finally getting the last of the buildings from the old fertilizer plant. He had a hard time finding anyone to haul the hopper bins. Finally, after many calls from two men, they are getting this done. There were seven hopper bins at the site. Four for Christopher and three for a man from another town. I wonder how long until this whole feed mixing plant is up and running on the feedlot? It is getting late in the comfortable work season. (a few snowflakes have fallen already)
I came upon this big Moose cow yesterday when I was taking tools out to the field for repairs. A couple of days earlier I saw a young cow moose about 10 miles from here.
The cattle are ready to come home. They are starting to sneak out of pastures looking for green grass. Not much outside of the fence either as between the first part of June and now we have made had a total of half an inch of rain and most of that came a couple of days ago. Things are quite dry here, but I don't think we have it as bad as many parts of our nation.
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