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    If you're worried about her dropping feed why not...

    If you're worried about her dropping feed why not use a feed bag? We feed a whole bunch of retirees with them every day and we wouldn't do it any other way.
  2. The easiest way to move a pile of snow in a hurry...

    The easiest way to move a pile of snow in a hurry and with minimal fuss is with a tractor mounted PTO driven snowblower. Not as versatile as a front end loader for sure and a one use tool but I...
  3. It's never a bad idea to move hot hay away from...

    It's never a bad idea to move hot hay away from anything else that's combustible. Even mildly damp hay goes through a heating cycle and water will definitely percolate into and through baled hay if...
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    Try Farm Credit. We farm full time but you...

    Try Farm Credit. We farm full time but you certainly don't have to do so in order to qualify for one of their loans. In a lot of the US they write more small land tract mortgages than anyone else....
  5. I'm no fan of Dodge but I promise that everything...

    I'm no fan of Dodge but I promise that everything about the Ram 2500 will be considerably more heavy duty than the Tundra. A 1/2 ton truck is made for occasional light duty towing only. I know there...
  6. We have one, it is high .....about 4' off the...

    We have one, it is high .....about 4' off the ground and it is HOT all the time. It also works like a charm. They don't test it very often but when they do they need to get a reminder that it's there...
  7. You could find out what local custom rates are...

    You could find out what local custom rates are for cutting, raking and baling hay by visiting with your county extension professional. That should give you some idea of what it might cost to hire the...
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    I meant to add that I would highly encourage...

    I meant to add that I would highly encourage anyone looking to buy a tractor to think used and head to Tractorhouse and peruse the listings before dropping big bucks on shiny paint for something that...
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    We farm and board horses for a living and I seem...

    We farm and board horses for a living and I seem to spend much of my time trying to keep everything around here running properly. As such, I'm a fan of "less is more" when it comes to equipment.
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  10. As the other poster have stated the tractor isn't...

    As the other poster have stated the tractor isn't getting fuel. If bleeding the lines several times doesn't get fuel flowing you may want to check fuel line seals or you may have a faulty fuel pump.
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    I concur with your out of pocket show horse costs...

    I concur with your out of pocket show horse costs at 10-15K per year. At the end of the day whether or not you could make a horse purchase plus the aforementioned expenses work on a projected salary...
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    If you are going to move lots of big round bales...

    If you are going to move lots of big round bales I would encourage you to think bigger. The little ones will move a few on level ground and do a good job but I sure wouldn't want to try moving,...
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    TC Sr is 1550 kcal/lb vs Purina Sr. at 1220...

    TC Sr is 1550 kcal/lb vs Purina Sr. at 1220 kcal/lb. In our market they are the same price so we are buying an extra 15,000 kcal per bag when we buy TC.
  14. Tamara; This is MrOnthebit. Please know that...

    Tamara;

    This is MrOnthebit. Please know that Onthebit and I are thinking and praying for all of you each night and each day of this nightmare. I am deeply, profoundly sorry that an event like this...
  15. Thread: PSA on Hay

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    A bit of a drought ? When the entire US...

    A bit of a drought ?

    When the entire US Midwest and southeast is dry I'd say it's more than a bit of a drought. I really don't think hay growers are trying to pull a fast one on you this year. As...
  16. TC Sr and Ultium are both good feeds; we feed...

    TC Sr and Ultium are both good feeds; we feed them both here on this farm.

    TC Sr has roughly 1500 calories per lb and Ultium has roughly 2200 calories per lb. If you are already having trouble...
  17. Thread: Sudex

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    The key is don't fertilize it and you'll most...

    The key is don't fertilize it and you'll most probably be fine. It's when you try to make it grow and it gets stressed from weather (drought, cold) that things tend to go awry when you are grazing...
  18. What cutter99 said. If you're going to be a...

    What cutter99 said.

    If you're going to be a researcher or a feed/supplement formulator, it'd be a good idea to have at least a Master's degree in something related (animal science/ ag bus/etc)....
  19. The smartest thing I've ever done, at least in...

    The smartest thing I've ever done, at least in terms of consistently improving my bottom line, was to get away from row cropping GMO corn/beans/wheat and grain feeding conventionally raised cows and...
  20. Either a leaky seal or a malfunctioning pump....

    Either a leaky seal or a malfunctioning pump. Either way, if you can't solve it yourseld you may find the most expedient fix with someone at your local hydraulic shop vs. your local equipment dealer.
  21. Get a Gallagher. I bought the best Zareba as a...

    Get a Gallagher. I bought the best Zareba as a replacement when one of our others got zapped by lightning. It put out less than half the voltage. When I replaced it with a Gallagher the voltage went...
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    I agree with Guilherme; it's sometimes hard NOT...

    I agree with Guilherme; it's sometimes hard NOT to shop at the Co-op when they are the only game for real farm supplies in town. Sometimes time and convenience have to trump displeasure.

    However,...
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    Yes, Dairy One labs in Syracuse NY. We use them...

    Yes, Dairy One labs in Syracuse NY. We use them all the time and they actually have an equine hay analysis available.
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    We pay an above average wage for the area in...

    We pay an above average wage for the area in which we live and we have fair but strict ideas about what this means in terms of getting work done. If, after clear instructions have been given, we have...
  25. Might want to check any dairy farm supply places...

    Might want to check any dairy farm supply places in your area and ask about used stall mats or seconds. Also might want to check around and see about any tie stall dairies (if any) that have recently...
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