Monday, January 30, 2012

Two more videos of cattle and that is all.

I needed to give booster shots, de-worm, and growth implants. Implants are basically a very mild steroid that triggers the cattle's own hormone production. It should give a little bit better growth, and better meat quality. It is amazing, the implants are 32 milligrams. So they are .000000014% of the animal's weight! Amazing they would have any effect at all.

Daniel actually helped me by prodding the cattle to go into the chute. He was a good little helper! I could not have done it by myself. I had a big workshop table there for him to stand on that was just the right height for him. In a couple years he will really be a big help.

One video we had a little bit of a traffic jam and I couldn't get the gate open. The other was pretty much as perfect as it goes. Had to do this 39 times. It took us about 2 hrs

Friday, January 27, 2012

A new video

Well, ignoring the advice I asked for, I declined on the job offer I had. For several reasons, I just did not think I needed to be doing that right now.

Here is a little video I put together on moving cattle with my 4 wheeler. I strapped the camera to the front of my ATV and the video is pretty much self explanatory.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A little dilemma

A funny thing happened today. I was visiting with a guy that is a new administrator for a facility in the area. He asked me what I did, and I told him, he then started quizzing me if I would like to work for them part-time doing basic maintenance stuff. Basic plumbing, painting, etc. He said their full time maintenance guy needed some help, but it would only be for maybe a couple months. He thought like 20 hrs a week, with a pretty flexible schedule. I am not terribly busy right now, and won't be for a while, other than taking care of a few calves (more on that later).

Here is the dilemma: I don't really need the job. If I took the job would I be depriving somebody else of a job they really did need? Surely they have been looking around and there has to be a lot of guys that need the work? The extra $ of course is nice, and maybe I shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth. I told him I would stop in this week and visit about it. I know some folks there, and they kinda know me, so it probably would be easy to get started with them. What to do?

The only thing I have going on is I bought about 40 calves a couple weeks ago. They made the maiden voyage through the new pens and working facilities. We have just enough wheat here at the house to graze it a little and since it is still pretty dry, I want to get what grazing I can, while I can.

Isn't this just the cutest guy you have ever seen?

Friday, January 6, 2012

My projects between diaper changes

Rachel, Amanda, and my mom got me a little video camera for Christmas. It is really fun to use. I plan on documenting more really exciting things like engines running, plows folding, and Fenton making bubbles out of his mouth, etc. Stand by for frequent updates! BTW the corral project is pretty much done. If we ever get cattle in there look for videos of that.

My project right now since I have time at the house (farming is slow and Amanda needs me to hang around to change diapers) I have decided to use my handy dandy camera and transfer our old home movies to DVD! The only problem is the old projector had transmission problems. It seemed to be slipping it's clutch. So what does ol' Brandon do? Tear into it of course. It has some little beveled roller wheels and the rubber on them is all cracked and falling off. I decided first I would try making some out of metal on our lathe in the barn instead of trying to find some to buy. It took some trial and error and about 6 hrs putting the projector together and taking it apart and putting it together, but I did get it where it would play the old movies.

The second hard part is transferring the huge files to the computer, converting them to a different format, using windows movie maker, and putting them all together. I am about 90% satisfied with the result, I just wish the finished project was a little better quality. Here is a video of me making wheels, and a short example of the finished home movie project. The home movie is not quite as good as the finished ones, as it was early work. I have improved it some.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Giving Fenton a ride in the MOBY

Here is a little video I took this afternoon. Amanda really likes the wrap, thanks!

And another video just for fun, Mikali getting home from her first day back after Christmas break.