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  1. Thread: Cryptocurrency

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    Seriously?!? If I were you, I'd liquidate now....

    Seriously?!? If I were you, I'd liquidate now. Google says the value is 14k per coin.
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    The "cans-by-the-side-of-the-road" thing is...

    The "cans-by-the-side-of-the-road" thing is probably a deal they have worked out with a specialty processor. The chances of getting in on it would be pretty slim, I'd think. Wouldn't hurt to ask,...
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    What Bairdswift is saying, is that the co-ops...

    What Bairdswift is saying, is that the co-ops might not want your milk. They're picking up milk from small farms because they've been doing so for years, but they are likely reluctant to take on any...
  4. Thread: Mueller Dipstick

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    Why would it matter? As long as it physically...

    Why would it matter? As long as it physically fits, and the serial number of the stick is noted in the calibration charts, it should be fine.
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    Curious too, how it works. 50k invested at 5%...

    Curious too, how it works.

    50k invested at 5% is $2500 a year. That's better pay than milking cows.
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    The low value on dry cows seems strange. To me, a...

    The low value on dry cows seems strange. To me, a healthy proven dry cow is a better buy than a cow that's currently milking. She'll calve in and be ready to go, whereas a cow in milk will slump...
  7. Thread: talk sense to me

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    I've heard about the GEA "postdip in the claw"...

    I've heard about the GEA "postdip in the claw" for some time now. I've also gathered that a full GEA robot is getting by with one attach. Presumably the predip, clean, strip, milk, and postdip are...
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    Sure they do. More money in the pocket. From...

    Sure they do. More money in the pocket.

    From my experience, don't expect to ID pregnancies at 35 days. Plan on 60 to 90 days for starters, and be happy if you can work your way down to 45 days.
    ...
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    Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but a tank...

    Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but a tank should last almost forever if it's built right and left in one place. Everything is stainless steel, milk doesn't react with stainless, freon doesn't...
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    Looking through that facebook post, a couple...

    Looking through that facebook post, a couple questions for doc.

    what's the deal with the floor grooving? Is it stamped by hand or by roller? What's the advantage over criss-cross grooving?

    I...
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    Amusing concept. I never thought of that method...

    Amusing concept. I never thought of that method of washing a tank, but I can see it working -- sort of. A conventional agitator pushes milk down against the floor and away. Presumably this minimizes...
  12. If all the risk(i.e. the cow getting sick or...

    If all the risk(i.e. the cow getting sick or dying) is on the farmer, than yes, I agree with Lead Cow; it's a very good deal for you.

    What's your goal? Trying to help them through a pinch time...
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    @cows250, yes I was thinking of an independent...

    @cows250, yes I was thinking of an independent company. Basically, they would focus on the self-driving tech, and would just be piggybacking on another company's popular machine. This way, they're...
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    I've thought for some time, that zero-turn mowers...

    I've thought for some time, that zero-turn mowers and skid-steers should be among the easiest stuff to self drive.

    Imagine a automatic feed pusher built to piggy-back on some very popular bobcat...
  15. Thread: talk sense to me

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    How close are your facilities to the neighbors?...

    How close are your facilities to the neighbors? If you're within half a mile or so, you could possibly run 180 through his parlor without any construction.

    Have you asked the neighbor how much...
  16. Thread: talk sense to me

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    I'd guess all else being equal, 120 through a D6...

    I'd guess all else being equal, 120 through a D6 would be a lot less stress than changing cows in a tiestall. Stress in a parlor is more related to throughput than it is to shift length. I suspect a...
  17. Thread: Grassland

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    I realize the situation is different, since we...

    I realize the situation is different, since we are co-op members and you aren't, but just how it's done here.
    We pay shipping to the nearest regular Md&Va plant, regardless where it goes....
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    Your last pic shows an elevated feed floor. Is...

    Your last pic shows an elevated feed floor. Is that all hand work to keep the feed pushed up, or do you have some sort of scraper rigged to do it? Do the cows toss a lot of feed over the edge?
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    @yongfarmer89, Y'all were critically dry last...

    @yongfarmer89, Y'all were critically dry last year. Is it better this year than last?
  20. Thread: Used Skid Steer

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    That's what I did. I had a 42-hp 1835c Case...

    That's what I did.

    I had a 42-hp 1835c Case with the infamous Teledyne engine. It was a nice machine, and fit perfectly for what I use it for. This last spring, it threw rod #3 through the block,...
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    126 cows should be 2 man-hours to get through a...

    126 cows should be 2 man-hours to get through a parlor(not counting clean-up, since you're doing that anyway). Milking 3x gets you to 6 man-hours. It's still quite a bit more than 1.5 hours, but a...
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    But hey, he had fun building it! Here, if...

    But hey, he had fun building it!

    Here, if someone blew a pile of money on a nice 120 cow grazing/freestall hybrid operation with robots or space for them, I can bet someone would have cows in the...
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    You mean intentionally wait till 2 years, right?...

    You mean intentionally wait till 2 years, right? Accidentally -- now that happens. I'd better shut up before I incriminate myself.

    Annette, it is generally recommended to breed heifers at 2/3's...
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    I don't know a lot about robots, but man, those...

    I don't know a lot about robots, but man, those stats look good! I'm particularly noticing the 6000 lbs per bot per day and the 96 lb average.
  25. Thread: 3 titter

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    Disagree. It just means you're missing the spare...

    Disagree. It just means you're missing the spare quarter. One more quarter goes bottoms-up, and she's pretty much done.
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