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Bruce from Can.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:41 am    Post subject: First day of 33rd year Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Today is the first day of my 33rd year, of milking my own cows. Back in 1981, there where lots of dairy farms around here, now not so much. There where few tractors over 100hp even fewer 100hp fwd with loaders, and all most no big round bales. And all the square bales could be picked up by a teenage kid. Some things have changed a bit. But milk still comes out of the end of a cows teat, and you still half to squezz it out twice a day. Bruce
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:44 am    Post subject: Re: First day of 33rd year Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Bruce congratulations for surviving that long in the milking business!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:44 am    Post subject: Re: First day of 33rd year Reply to specific post Reply with quote


If you started in 1981, wouldn't this be your 32nd year? I'll be 33 on the 22nd of April and I was born in 1980...
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:02 am    Post subject: Re: First day of 33rd year Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Well lets look at it like this. I was bornDec 24 1960, so I just had my 52snd birthday, and I am in my 53rd year . So if I started dairying in 1981 ,1982 would have been my second year, would it not? And while you will turn 33 this April, I would think that this will be your 34 th month of May in your life time. Bruce
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:03 am    Post subject: Re: First day of 33rd year Reply to specific post Reply with quote

About time for you to retire then. 33 years on my own was about as long as I could stand it. Dad milked here before I did and his Dad before him,but 33 years was enough for me. If the boys had wanted to keep going,I'd have done it for them,but it's a slow death if the next generation doesn't want to do it.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:12 am    Post subject: Re: First day of 33rd year Reply to specific post Reply with quote

As he stated this is the "first" day of his 33 rd year. He has completed 32.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:07 am    Post subject: Re: First day of 33rd year Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Any prospect of parole?

Sorry, couldn't resist. Congrats on surviving in a very tough industry.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:35 am    Post subject: Re: First day of 33rd year Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Time to drop the 100K on a Lely or deLaval robot milker!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:35 am    Post subject: Re: First day of 33rd year Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I bet you you never really get a birthday gift, just a early Christmas present. Being your own boss for all those years good or bad means something, if nothing else.
Sean
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:39 am    Post subject: Re: First day of 33rd year Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Parole was denied once again, due to insufficient funds.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:26 pm    Post subject: Re: First day of 33rd year Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I grew up on a small dairy. As an avid milk drinker, thank you for your hard work!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:35 pm    Post subject: Re: First day of 33rd year Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Have not milked cows for a living since 1987 and miss it some. What I miss more is the lifestyle of the family farm. I worked for the same people for almost 10 years and was one of the family. I can, in my mind still smell the sweet smell of cows,feed and milk on a cold wet fall night...can't think that happens in todays freestall operations. Keep up the battle Bruce, Bob (also from Canada...Ontario even!)
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:53 pm    Post subject: Re: First day of 33rd year Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ive been milking my own since 89 retirement crossed my mind more than once.My 20 yr old came to me last summer and stated he wanted to come home.Looks like retirement is on the back burner for now.I guess as a parent you do what you gotta do to get the next generation started
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:19 pm    Post subject: Re: First day of 33rd year Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Congrats Bruce, that's a lifetime of labor and love. I pray I may make it so long. Keep on keepin on!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 4:13 pm    Post subject: Re: First day of 33rd year Reply to specific post Reply with quote

do you feel like a survivor? we started milking on our own farm in may of 1980. there were 7 farms along the river in the 6 mile stretch between towns. now there are 2 of us left.
 
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