Comments on: Volunteer http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/07/12/volunteer/ farm blog, farming blog, country blog, country living blog, livestock blog, rural lifestyle blog Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:50:13 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 By: joelw http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/07/12/volunteer/comment-page-1/#comment-18865 joelw Wed, 17 Oct 2007 14:58:00 +0000 http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/07/12/volunteer/#comment-18865 Janet, Some suggestions I have are bigger twine, lots of lube (wd 40, etc), greasing, looking for rough edges around knotters. Sounds to me like something is fraying your twine, most likely a rough edge. It would seem the knotters are fine. Could the needles have a burr on them? Rust and time sitting is a balers worst enemy. Hope I helped. Comment me anytime with more specifics ad I'll try to help. Thanks for reading! Janet,
Some suggestions I have are bigger twine, lots of lube (wd 40, etc), greasing, looking for rough edges around knotters. Sounds to me like something is fraying your twine, most likely a rough edge. It would seem the knotters are fine. Could the needles have a burr on them? Rust and time sitting is a balers worst enemy. Hope I helped. Comment me anytime with more specifics ad I’ll try to help. Thanks for reading!

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By: janet http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/07/12/volunteer/comment-page-1/#comment-18236 janet Fri, 05 Oct 2007 14:32:23 +0000 http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/07/12/volunteer/#comment-18236 i have a international 47 baler..we finally got it to tie but the twine breaks on both knots about 4" past the knot....any suggestions? i have a international 47 baler..we finally got it to tie but the twine breaks on both knots about 4″ past the knot….any suggestions?

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By: Mustard Seed Mom http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/07/12/volunteer/comment-page-1/#comment-13558 Mustard Seed Mom Fri, 03 Aug 2007 15:02:53 +0000 http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/07/12/volunteer/#comment-13558 Hi Joel, I've enjoyed reading your blog. Your family sounds delightful and I'm sure you're really proud of your kids! I've been reading about your ongoing saga about the poultry house and feel very nervous for you-even though I don't know you! You have been blessed with incredible land and I would hate to see anything bad happen to you and the land. I agree with all the previous posts about following your instincts. If you have a moment, perhaps you could check out this website http://www.polyfacefarms.com/. They raise pastured broilers/beef. It may be more in line with your dream of having pasture! God bless Hi Joel,
I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. Your family sounds delightful and I’m sure you’re really proud of your kids!

I’ve been reading about your ongoing saga about the poultry house and feel very nervous for you-even though I don’t know you! You have been blessed with incredible land and I would hate to see anything bad happen to you and the land.
I agree with all the previous posts about following your instincts.

If you have a moment, perhaps you could check out this website http://www.polyfacefarms.com/. They raise pastured broilers/beef. It may be more in line with your dream of having pasture!
God bless

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By: Tim http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/07/12/volunteer/comment-page-1/#comment-12950 Tim Sun, 22 Jul 2007 17:53:09 +0000 http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/07/12/volunteer/#comment-12950 I agree that you should follow your instincts on the poultry house. Seems everyone down here in Georgia has them. We are going to raise pastured broilers and grass fed beef (http://www.naturesharmonyfarm.com) for the same reason that you're on the fence...it just felt like the right decision for us, and for returning fertility and organic matter to the soil. Good luck with your decision. Tim I agree that you should follow your instincts on the poultry house. Seems everyone down here in Georgia has them. We are going to raise pastured broilers and grass fed beef (http://www.naturesharmonyfarm.com) for the same reason that you’re on the fence…it just felt like the right decision for us, and for returning fertility and organic matter to the soil.

Good luck with your decision.

Tim

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By: joelw http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/07/12/volunteer/comment-page-1/#comment-12914 joelw Sat, 21 Jul 2007 21:25:29 +0000 http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/07/12/volunteer/#comment-12914 Evan, True instincts aren't a bad thing, but really for me it's the thought of all that money/debt. Glad to have you reading! Christy O, Anyone who would not be nervous about being tied to something like the chicken business and being in debt so much must be crazy. My contract calls for Cobb to pay for all feed. I would be raising hens on a per square foot basis. I have talked to a few growers who grow for Cobb and all seem to be content. From what I am told Cobb is one of the very best to grow for. Glad to have you reading! Check back soon! Evan,
True instincts aren’t a bad thing, but really for me it’s the thought of all that money/debt.
Glad to have you reading!

Christy O,
Anyone who would not be nervous about being tied to something like the chicken business and being in debt so much must be crazy. My contract calls for Cobb to pay for all feed. I would be raising hens on a per square foot basis. I have talked to a few growers who grow for Cobb and all seem to be content. From what I am told Cobb is one of the very best to grow for.
Glad to have you reading! Check back soon!

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By: Christy O http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/07/12/volunteer/comment-page-1/#comment-12525 Christy O Sun, 15 Jul 2007 22:17:55 +0000 http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/07/12/volunteer/#comment-12525 I don't think I've ever commented but I enjoy reading your blog. I don't know you or your land but I will say that the poultry house thing makes me very nervous! I've read a lot about farmers with poultry houses that have never recouped what they put into them. I've read about the companies paying very little for the grown chickens, sometimes not even enough to cover the feed. I've seen so many farms for sale with chicken houses on them. I have to assume it didn't work out for them and they are trying to get whatever they can back. It isn't my business but I'd hate to see someone get screwed. Have you talked to anyone that has poultry houses for the company you are looking at getting into a contract with? Do they generally treat their growers fairly? I don’t think I’ve ever commented but I enjoy reading your blog. I don’t know you or your land but I will say that the poultry house thing makes me very nervous! I’ve read a lot about farmers with poultry houses that have never recouped what they put into them. I’ve read about the companies paying very little for the grown chickens, sometimes not even enough to cover the feed. I’ve seen so many farms for sale with chicken houses on them. I have to assume it didn’t work out for them and they are trying to get whatever they can back.

It isn’t my business but I’d hate to see someone get screwed. Have you talked to anyone that has poultry houses for the company you are looking at getting into a contract with? Do they generally treat their growers fairly?

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By: Evan http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/07/12/volunteer/comment-page-1/#comment-12454 Evan Sun, 15 Jul 2007 02:20:21 +0000 http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/07/12/volunteer/#comment-12454 I think some important part of your subconscious really doesn't want to do this chicken thing; with all that newly available land, you may be able to think of something else that will bring in some money AND make you feel better about it. Just something to think about - it's never a bad idea to trust your instincts. Good luck, -Evan I think some important part of your subconscious really doesn’t want to do this chicken thing; with all that newly available land, you may be able to think of something else that will bring in some money AND make you feel better about it. Just something to think about – it’s never a bad idea to trust your instincts.

Good luck,
-Evan

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By: joelw http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/07/12/volunteer/comment-page-1/#comment-12437 joelw Sat, 14 Jul 2007 20:17:49 +0000 http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/07/12/volunteer/#comment-12437 Steve, I put a parts wanted request on tractorhouse.com for the needle I needed. Got a couple of responses. I believe the needles are the same on most of the old IH balers. Good to have you reading! Kevin, Send some of that rain my way! We sure could use it. Steve,
I put a parts wanted request on tractorhouse.com for the needle I needed. Got a couple of responses. I believe the needles are the same on most of the old IH balers.
Good to have you reading!

Kevin,
Send some of that rain my way! We sure could use it.

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By: Kevin http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/07/12/volunteer/comment-page-1/#comment-12434 Kevin Sat, 14 Jul 2007 19:12:03 +0000 http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/07/12/volunteer/#comment-12434 Steve, Check and see if you can find a used implement salvage yard in your area. We have some in our area, and normally thier prices are much lower than the dealers, and if you don't mind using a used part you can come out ahead. You can also check and see if there are any internet parts dealers who stock needles for the IHC 47 baler (they made tons of them, and other models that use some of the same parts.) Other wise, watch the auction sales and see if you can spot a junk baler with compatible parts coming up for sale. Joel, too bad you haven't gotten a good rain or two this past month. Some of us are getting more than enough, wish I could send you some of ours. Kevin Steve,
Check and see if you can find a used implement salvage yard in your area. We have some in our area, and normally thier prices are much lower than the dealers, and if you don’t mind using a used part you can come out ahead. You can also check and see if there are any internet parts dealers who stock needles for the IHC 47 baler (they made tons of them, and other models that use some of the same parts.) Other wise, watch the auction sales and see if you can spot a junk baler with compatible parts coming up for sale.

Joel, too bad you haven’t gotten a good rain or two this past month. Some of us are getting more than enough, wish I could send you some of ours.

Kevin

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By: Steve Carver http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/07/12/volunteer/comment-page-1/#comment-12337 Steve Carver Fri, 13 Jul 2007 08:51:17 +0000 http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/07/12/volunteer/#comment-12337 Joel maybe you can help me.I also have a International model 47 small square baler with a bent needle if you find someone who has them or can order them please let me know. My implement store here says 500.00 for one needle but i don't trust this guy. Thank you Steve Joel maybe you can help me.I also have a International model 47 small square baler with a bent needle if you find someone who has them or can order them please let me know. My implement store here says 500.00 for one needle but i don’t trust this guy.
Thank you Steve

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