One of Lisa's contacts had a few bottle calves that they didn't have time to take care of, so we got two of them. The one on the left is a steer calf for future beef. The one on the right is a freemartin female, most likely for resale down the road. They will join Rocky and the others in the pasture a bit later, after they are weaned. They are both less than a week old.
Yesterday while I was out with the truck, I heard a scraping sound coming from under the front of the truck. It sounded like a branch got caught up, but there was nothing under it when I looked. So, this morning, I pulled the rotors and bearings off to look there. I found a piece of metal inside the dust cap on the passenger side. The bearings were worn, too.
So I went to the auto parts store and got 2 new sets, one for each front wheel. Here, the new inner bearing is installed along with the seal.
And the race is put in for the outer bearing, ready for the rest to be packed and put in. I found a bad lower ball joint while I was doing it, so it will have to go into the shop for that. I don't have the tools I would need to replace that.
After getting the 4 wheeler buried last time we put hay out, we needed a new plan. Getting our neighbor to put it out with his large 4 wheel drive tractor is what we came up with.
Left some monster size ruts, but the hay got put out without any other issues. With the weather not helping, I'm glad this worked. This February is very close to the wettest on record. We are over 10" already this month.
Plan A is a success, but with limitations. The last attempt ended up with the mower buried in the mud out in the middle of the pasture. We got it dug out and learned a lesson. The lesson was " do not attempt when pasture is a muddy mess". Jess and I got started early this morning because it was below freezing last night, but it is supposed to warm up nicely by afternoon and that temperature swing will make a lot of mud.
The tractor doesn't have much trouble when the ground is firmer. I drove it out, separated the trailer and dumped the roll, re-hooked the trailer and dropped the ring around it. Done.
Today was fairly mild, so I cleaned the truck up. It had a lot of dirt and salt film on it from the last couple of storms. I had to bring the water out a gallon at a time from the kitchen sink, so it took longer than normal to get it washed off.
I also used some more of my jello wax. This can wasn't as bad as the last one was, though. It went on and wiped off a lot easier.
I was born in the northwest, but grew up in Florida. I made the Adirondack Mountains of New York my home back in the early 80's where my kids were born and grew up. I relocated to Kentucky in the fall of '09.