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  • Alberta Pioneer ·
    Ran over my phone a few weeks ago. Replacement hasn't arrived yet. Got the 4520 home but have a bunch of those panels and some tires to bring up your way soon. Starting to get short on the pre-season and getting ready to go.
    tbone95 ·
    Hello Mr. Buck! I got your message and replied, but you are full. In a nutshell, "Thanks, I kinda know what I was into". All good. Later.
    tbone95 ·
    Yeah, me thinks going that far for a holiday is not worth it! FL, CA, SC, or GA are all warm enough and far enough for me, and they speak my language. I'm back, nearly missed the flight back, but all good.
    tbone95 ·
    Thanks for the Birthday wish senor buck! I just saw it today, I've been in Brazil working. Thanks man. Here's hoping all is good with you.
    Alberta Pioneer ·
    Sounds good, hopefully before spring gets too busy. -34 yesterday, old dodge barely started (battery was almost too cold, had heat on the oil pan and coolant), but was ok once it was running - not much vacuum at those temps, brakes were a little dicey. Still too much snow down here, hopefully next saturday fixes that.
    Alberta Pioneer ·
    Hey, no worries! Been stupid busy down here, usual oilfield stuff ;) You going to the Family Day sale over at the funny farm? Hoping to go and just peruse, hoping to meet ya in person either way - might have to swing over your way if you won't be there. How's things up your way? Was up in fort Mac yesterday, -45 with the wind chill - sure didn't want to move or stop moving.
    tbone95 ·
    Holidays were pretty decent for us, how 'bout you? Kind of dreary around here, lots of grey and overcast, but no snow. Not used to kicking up dust feeding cows in Jan. . .Thanks for the note, have a good '13!
    Alberta Pioneer ·
    Yeah, been doing a bunch of thinking. When wifey is done school, she might see about trading pasture calving labour in exchange for "board" for cows - bit of a mess come accounting time, but should be no actual payroll/financial expenditure (in theory). Bought an australian shepherd pup off a younger couple with 250 cows, but they're always busy since they are "cleaning up"/rejuvenating the operation (bought it turn-key). Will just have to play it by ear for a bit, need to talk to FCC loans officer to see what options are, get some ducks in a row before we start chompin' at the bit, so to speak.
    albertabuck ·
    BTW I see your former is looking for a new righthand man, starting wage $14/hr:eek: Not sure what kind of talent that price range will attract, A&W in town is paying $13.50:D
    albertabuck ·
    Well I'm not going to most likely give you the answer you're looking for, since I don't believe in what I call educated cows, aka purebred papered:eek: Only purebred papered I will ever buy is a bull;)
    Commercial bred cows and heifers are anywhere from $900 to 1400 depending on breed and age, with the blacks at the top end of the prices. IMO there is more money in the commercials and a lot less risk. If you want to get into cows, my advice would be to do some arrangement like I did with an older neighbor last fall and lease them. Now of course I already had the feed and facilities, but for nothing more than the feed, my time, maybe a couple of grand of vet bills and such from approximately 50 cows, I now own thirty plus calves out of the deal, which include all of the females that were born. Not saying thats a good arrangement for everyone, it worked for me cause I knew the cows and the owner and was able to make a decent deal because of that.
    Alberta Pioneer ·
    Question for ya, any thoughts on bred cow prices come spring? Putting together some stuff for the bank man, and wondering where purebreds will be. Also want to see how far off my reasoning is come time when we go to dumb-dumb's sale. Heifers averaged $1900 or so there last year, maybe it's me but this year doesn't seem so hot for cattle.
    Alberta Pioneer ·
    Save time, save arms with haybine reverser

    Saw that, found it ironic - never once plugged a haybine or seen one plugged - maybe a better operator would be cheaper? Might be more dependant on what they're cutting though.
    Alberta Pioneer ·
    Mmm, will do, haven't met Muldoon yet but heard a little about them. Busy outfit they run. you-know-who's last/only full-time/non family/cesspool employee, assuming they hired nobody else since I left, gave his notice - after 5 years. I think I rattled his cage a bit, and he clued in. Another nail in the coffin.

    Yeah, quite a hike for her, but it's worth it. A little pricey on gas but I've been going back and forth the last 2 weeks and only used about $8 in gas. Hope this all works out, if not guess I learned something new ;)
    albertabuck ·
    If you come across Morley Muldoon tell him Buckwheat says hi:) Ya be a bit of a drive to Vermillion and back for sure:eek: As for the genetics you're referring to got some of them at work here right now, got a chuckle when the father in law in waiting unloaded a bull he brought up for me and I read the tag, it was born at Rimbey but guess where it's father came from:p Nice to get back a little something on all the $$$$ that got donated to buy those genetics in the first place:rolleyes: Well watch your ass and becarful out there;)
    Alberta Pioneer ·
    Moved here August 1st, wifey is going to Lakeland for Western Ranch and Cow Horse program. bit of a drive for her but I'm driving Class 1 in the patch for a local guy, and didn't see any places we wanted to rent in Vermilion. Job's going well so far, saving up bit by bit for some land. Hoping to maybe have something figured out for bred heifers or cows come spring. The Mrs. is debating on calling up the youngest of you-know-who's offspring since she liked their genetics - told her it would make my day to show up at the sale in Feb with a wad of cash and see if they turn me away. But, who knows. How's things up your way?
    Alberta Pioneer ·
    It is a homemade trailer, my dad and I did most of the work on it. In Ontario you issue your own serial number if it's under a certain weight capacity, and submit that info and boom, get a plate on the spot. Dad brought it out with a plate from another homemade trailer, just never punched a serial number on it (obviously, since it would be a headache if he was found to have 2 trailers with same SN#). So, I can get it inspected as out-of-province if dad mails me a plate (sort of easy way). Depending on how far I go with it I might just borrow a tractor to move it. Thanks for the info, this grey area stuff can be a real pain. Looks like pickup towing is not recommended unless it's at night, and that's iffy on it's own.
    Alberta Pioneer ·
    Hey, any chance you know the details on a towed implement of husbandry? I have a homemade tandem cargo trailer, that I can register via an out of province plate, but I'm curious if there's anything stopping me from slapping a SMV triangle on the back and calling it my portable farm shop? I might be just too **** cheap but it's for storage and I do a little work (my own) out of the back, so no need for me to plate it when that's no longer it's primary purpose.
    Alberta Pioneer ·
    Saw a while ago that you have a 1475 NH, is it the 2300 series head? Curious if that head can be "removed" from the rest of the PT assembly? Was doing some reading and discovered that the 2300 heads with some form of adapter plate fit the bi-directionals. Adapter would be hard to find, but seen several 1745's for sale.
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