The Good Life v.farming


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Yeah, it's not fun, especially for my dad because he feeds them everyday. But it's not like we can keep them as pets. They are 1600lbs now, and like to chase me sometimes. They'll only get worse with that too.

The other option is to sell them at the sale barn, but they'll just end up on the shelf at the grocery store.
 

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Yeah, kinda what I was getting at. Better off knowing it was humane and you’re personally benefiting from it.
 
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We needed something to feed the cattle for a few days, so dad went out and made a few bales.
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I just threw them in the back of his 1990 f250 lariat. It's 2wd, 351w 5 speed manual, and 75,000 original miles on it. It only gets driven a few hundred a year anymore.

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Yesterday we did something different.

Water pipes that run underground to various places on the farm will sometimes spring a leak. We got a new puppy, and he has been exploring everything. So last week he came out of a shed completely black from mud. We found there was a water pipe leaking under this shed. We call it a brooder house. That might be a Czech word, or just an area thing, but it's for raising baby chicks.

Luckily, we didn't get chicks this year, so the shed was empty. This building was set in place maybe 60 years ago, and there is no foundation under it, so most of the floor structure is rotten. But, after some work, we were able to prop it up on some new 4x4's, lift it up and move it to get to the leak.

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Here's where the puppy found a cool spot to lay.

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I've never seen the water create such a clear leak. You can easily see a hole in the ground here and water is bubbling up through it.

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So after we can fix the pipe, we will have to figure out what to do with the shed. It needs a whole new floor, and it's not going to be easy to replace it without just knocking the shed down.
 
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This is called "side dressing.". Basically, it's fertilizing the corn when it's up. In about another week, we won't be able to get into the fields to do this because the corn will be too tall. But, corn uses something like 30% of it's nitrogen after tassel, so the longer you can wait, the better.

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This machine uses a ground-driven pump and shoots a stream of fertilizer right behind a coulter that runs in-between each row.

We fill it up with a nurse tank. It's run on a single cylinder gas engine. It takes maybe 10-15 minutes to put 500-600 gallons in.

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And, this is how you bring your day to a screeching halt.

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After a couple trips to the field with the air compressor, dad thought we should just bring the grain truck there. It has air brakes, and we can use the compressor on it to fill tires. So, got it blown back up, and I was able to limp it home.

Found a nice slice in the sidewall from where it was leaking.

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They are supposed to come out this morning and put new rear tires on it.
 

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