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Old 02-15-2021, 05:31 AM   #1
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Everyone needs a dairy. EVERYONE. For just 1 year. Then I could get $100 a gallon and they wouldnít bat an eye

This is apocalyptic!!! Seriously
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Old 02-15-2021, 05:36 AM   #2
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Been here since 3;30. Nobody could get here. I had to get everyone. 3 hrs to thaw barn out just to get vacuum pump going. Water well thawed. Feed mill is down... they got to get a gear box in Dallas...
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Old 02-15-2021, 05:43 AM   #3
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Old Daisy wants those teats squeezed
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Old 02-15-2021, 05:47 AM   #4
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And I thought it was bad that I had to change the battery in a smoke detector at 5:05 this morning with no electricity in the house.

Good luck to ya in this bitter cold weather!
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Old 02-15-2021, 06:11 AM   #5
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11” and still a white out. Windshield is freezing up with heater so hot in truck you can’t take in. Brand new wipers are probably destroyed
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Old 02-15-2021, 06:18 AM   #6
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You still by yourself?


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Old 02-15-2021, 06:24 AM   #7
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I’ve got “Gabby” milking and my dad picked up. His diesel frozen up. Mine cranked
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Old 02-15-2021, 06:26 AM   #8
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I was born and raised (until 10 years old) on a dairy. Even though I was just a kid, bags had to be washed, feed had to go in the trough, cow crap had to be shovelled. These were my jobs, that and help my big brother wash up the milking machines and wash out the dairy barn. That was a long time ago and we only milked 25/30 head twice a day. It’s an 8 day a week job brother and I don’t envy you. Even though it’s much easier now, you guys milk a lot more head than we did.
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Old 02-15-2021, 06:27 AM   #9
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No thanks. I feel for you, gotta suck! Be careful out there!
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Old 02-15-2021, 07:12 AM   #10
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That is rough Kyle

Hope it all works out for you
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Old 02-15-2021, 08:18 AM   #11
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Ugh, I've heard some stories. The guy I apprenticed under in '94 grew up on a dairy farm in Cushing, Tx in the 60's. He ran away when he was 15!
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Old 02-15-2021, 08:40 AM   #12
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Dang! Even under the best of conditions dairying can be tough, day in day out - or should I say twice daily day in and day out!
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Old 02-15-2021, 08:41 AM   #13
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Low voltage at water pump. Nobody can get here.... milk trucking company said they can’t get here for 2 days minimum. So all this will be to dump all our work into the lagoon
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Old 02-15-2021, 08:49 AM   #14
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Save them cows though. Feel for you that is hard work!
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Old 02-15-2021, 09:23 AM   #15
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Man, I am sorry to hear that. Dairy work is tough.


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Old 02-15-2021, 09:45 AM   #16
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Family had one when I was young. Kudos to you....somebody gotta do it!
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Old 02-15-2021, 09:55 AM   #17
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Prayers for you. Dang that is bad. I feel for ya! Makes m want to punch people even harder when they cuss farmers & ranchers,
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Old 02-15-2021, 10:49 AM   #18
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Hard pass.
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Old 02-15-2021, 11:52 AM   #19
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Just now finishing feed route and head count. All alive for now... few on the struggle bus. Holstein are almost as tough as a bob white quail chick.... almost

Got 64 calves in pasture just off vottle about 3 weeks or so. Looking at ice build up, I’ll guess whatever survives will loose their ears.
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Old 02-15-2021, 12:06 PM   #20
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I worked at a dairy for 3 years while in high school. I never had to do the morning runs thank goodness but my job was at the feed mill. Mixed feed and then bagged it all up. Made enough thru the week that they had just enough to make it thru the weekend so I didnít have to work. Thatís one tough job that never takes time off.
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Old 02-15-2021, 04:42 PM   #21
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Feed company said they would try and deliver .... “something” tomorrow. I got enough to probably milk am, but not pm. They are sold out of commodities to make our feed and can’t get anything trucked it.... and we can’t get anything trucked out
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Old 02-15-2021, 05:00 PM   #22
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If milk was a $100 a gallon, I still wouldnít have a dairy if you gave it to me.
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Old 02-15-2021, 05:16 PM   #23
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Nope, nope, nope. I feel for ya brother
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Old 02-15-2021, 07:42 PM   #24
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Worked some weekends in my uncles dairy and some when SHSU still had its dairy program.

I did NOT go into the dairy business!
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Old 02-16-2021, 03:50 AM   #25
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And most people think milk comes from a plastic jug at Kroger’s. Praying for y’all on the Dairy.
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Old 02-16-2021, 04:08 AM   #26
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Where is your dairy at?
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Old 02-16-2021, 06:19 AM   #27
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I worked a dairy ranch in Wyoming one summer. Quite as soon as I found a different (read anything) job. Couldn’t imagine running a ranch like that in the winter!
God Bless all of y’all!
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Old 02-16-2021, 06:57 AM   #28
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Quitman.

Balmy 0 this morning. Ran 2 diesel heaters all night in the pit. Still froze some but thawing out was minimal. I think I hauled 30 gallons of diesel for those 2 alone yesterday. Got 1 tractor cranked yesterday and itís in the hay barn and been running since noon yesterday. Iíll be chopping ice all day I imagine
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Old 02-16-2021, 07:30 AM   #29
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That's enough to make a man switch to almond milk

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Old 02-16-2021, 07:36 AM   #30
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Balmy 0 this morning. Ran 2 diesel heaters all night in the pit. Still froze some but thawing out was minimal. I think I hauled 30 gallons of diesel for those 2 alone yesterday. Got 1 tractor cranked yesterday and itís in the hay barn and been running since noon yesterday. Iíll be chopping ice all day I imagine
Man, if i was a single man Iíd be there to help you out . Prayers brother!
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Old 02-16-2021, 09:06 AM   #31
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Well pop off frozen. Blew up a 15yo water heater... you guessed it. Nobody candi anything
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Old 02-16-2021, 09:15 AM   #32
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Thought about switching to chickens?
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Old 02-16-2021, 10:20 AM   #33
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Milking chickens? Never heard of such a thing

OP Praying for you.
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Old 02-16-2021, 10:32 AM   #34
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When my dad finally cry’s uncle... I never want to see another animal of any species that depends on me.... EVER
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Old 02-16-2021, 10:40 AM   #35
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I heard bulls are easier to milk. Maybe try that?

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Old 02-16-2021, 10:44 AM   #36
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Prayers up for You. Sad to hear this.
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Old 02-16-2021, 10:45 AM   #37
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I have a friend that grew up on his family's dairy, hard work! He now has a cattle ranch and doesn't miss the dairy, but misses the regular checks. Your hard work helps a lot of people, Thank You!
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Old 02-16-2021, 11:27 AM   #38
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Old 02-16-2021, 05:49 PM   #39
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I grew up on a dairy. Every time it snows or we have a hard freeze, my wife always asks me if I'm glad I'm not milking cows still. The answer is always the same. I feel for you brother. I remember one year the milk truck couldn't make it to the dairy for over a week. AMPI had us dump everything the tank wouldn't hold and they paid us (partial I'm sure, and they probably got it all back eventually) for what we dumped. I think what I hated most about weather like this is there was always those 4 or 5 cows that would be as far from the barn as they could get and would NEVER come in with the herd. I'm not bitter, but I still hate those hussies.
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Old 02-16-2021, 06:50 PM   #40
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Riding the struggle bus...

Literally loosing my mind! Iíve toted 40 gallons of fuel today in EPA approved containers that spill 59% on you... cause itís better that way. At -4 degrees I still froze up this evening.

2 calves born, both didnít make it before I could get to them. I learned (have theory) that when it snows the cows canít see their trails and landmarks... basically they are blind. Driving them is almost impossible. 1 that calved was a heifer that was just brought over a few weeks ago... yea I canít get her up after 45 minutes

Chopped 5 ponds, broke 1 axe handle. Got one main trough thawed! Iíve manually filled that 7í trough 6 times today

Wash system drained... like itís supposed to. But ended up on ďdrip sheídĒ. Which turned into an ice skating rink. Salt fixed that

Calf barn electric heater stopped for some reason last night. Cold water at sink is now slow leaking at connection. This evening the diesel heater got low enough to shut off... but not stop blowing diesel. Fogged while calf barn with a diesel mist. Wonderful!!!

Water heater leaking due to over pressure from frozen pop off valve

But Iím home now and safe with running water and power. Getting ready for round 2

.... and dumped another days worth down the drain. Cause professional drivers canít drive on what Iíve drove 200 miles on in 2 days

I canít get to town because road is blocked by 2 civilians that got a winch for Christmas trying to recover a truck that is completely out of the way and safe. They have literally ruined travel for dozens. And last I heard still working on it. He did have a cute snorkel on his land rover though....
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Old 02-16-2021, 06:51 PM   #41
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Thanks to all for well wishes and prayers. Several even called and some have checked in. It doesn’t go unnoticed

Just venting
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Old 02-16-2021, 07:34 PM   #42
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Dang...Hope things get better for you.
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Old 02-16-2021, 07:39 PM   #43
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Low voltage at water pump. Nobody can get here.... milk trucking company said they canít get here for 2 days minimum. So all this will be to dump all our work into the lagoon
i dont even know what to say...feelin bad for ya...truly!
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Old 02-16-2021, 07:43 PM   #44
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Dang brother, if I was close, I would do my best. Will be up your way in a couple of months on Tawok and will look you up to buy you a beer. I know that does nothing now.
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Dang man! Hoping tomorrow is better for you
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Old 02-16-2021, 09:24 PM   #46
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Most folks have no clue what a farmer/rancher goes through to get what they so easily pick out of the grocery store

Hang on to your sanity Kyle
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Old 02-16-2021, 10:03 PM   #47
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Dang, Hate all this for you. You will be in my prayers.
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Old 02-16-2021, 11:26 PM   #48
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When my dad finally cryís uncle... I never want to see another animal of any species that depends on me.... EVER


I donít have a dairy farm, but I am in a position where I know EXACTLY what you are saying here!!!! This sucks!

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Old 02-17-2021, 07:04 AM   #49
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thanks for service kyle! hard work and yes proly 80% of folks don't understand how there milk gets on the shelf!!
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Old 02-17-2021, 07:23 AM   #50
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Milk..farmers... Under paid under appriciated
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