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    For me, the repetitive work gives me an opportunity to think about all the other horrible perils facing me.
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    Thats when my mind is most active. It used to be different though. When I was a laborer I was bored senseless. Gotta have some skin in the game Jay, that makes it interesting.
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    Who is this bird?
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    I had a guy try to intimidate me with a box cutter the other day. I told him "that aint gonna get it done". We had a laugh after that.
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    I have no doubt that would be the case Justin. If no agreement was made, we could choose blades or chains.
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    I thought about trying out for the Bearded Lady job, but I cant grow much of a beard.
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    Geeze, thats really cool.
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    That is terribly offensive. I would make a fine groundie.
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    Nice point Jay.
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    I had not read about Joel Salatin yet, but looking him up just now, he seems pretty interesting.
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    Very cool. Amazing that it took 5 years to compost those chips. Wonder if there is a way to speed that up? I hauled 12 yards of old sheep manure into my garden. It worked okay, but was full of baseball sized rocks. Its kind of funny, I am farming 3000 acres sustainably, but my garden is a mess! Going to try some cover crops out there.
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    There are kids that my daughter knows that have phones. 8 years old! Having access to a phone is almost seen as a basic right now. Like food and a safe work place.
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    Can you explain your method of composting tree chips?
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    I dont know what he does with the butts. Just giving you shit Justin......you probably knew that.
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    My hired man smokes a cigarette once in a while. Doesn't bother me a bit.
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    My favorite Bond. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=41&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjntNLGkYfUAhXlylQKHSnKAj4QmhMI2wEwKA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FRoger_Moore&usg=AFQjCNFYSH0awnvnPtbOvOwXg8YmwDqtig&sig2=YSVSztkIV0E3HTk3u_rnYg
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    Yessir, have a good one Steve.
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    Good grief man, you are working in suburbia, not the back woods. Everyone has a cell phone on my crew.
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    Hope everything is okay with you Stig.
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    Take a tactical pause.
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    No, you have to restrain them Butch. Either with wrestlers or using a calf table like we do now. We brand, castrate, and vaccinate all at the same time. I used to help a friend cut hogs every year. All different sizes. The little ones you hold over a panel. The big ones you flip on their backs and sit on their chest and pull the back legs towards you. The medium sized ones you just struggle with.
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    Yep. Thats right Sean. Lamb nuts are hard to grab and cut off. I guess thats why they bite them off. Father in law used to use a hot iron to dock the lambs. Now they use rubber rings. If you use a hot iron you can then eat the lamb tails.
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    Oh, I cut for years and years, and was one of the best around. Grandpa taught me how. There is a kind of "class" system to a branding. The lowest rank worker is the calf wrestler. Then you step up to vaccination man.....which is actually hard work. After than you can either learn to cut or you can try to get someone to let you brand. Generally the owner brands...or if he trusts you, he might let you brand. Its kind of a big deal! But, a good cutter is in high demand. Years ago we used to have to carry a bucket around to throw the nuts into......always ate them after the branding. Bread them and fry them in oil like a chicken fried steak. No, there is no certification. You just listen to the old timers and watch how they do it. Lots of different ways of going about cutting calves, but I was taught to cut the lower third of the sack off after wetting down the area with antiseptic. Once the bottom of the sack is off you grab a nut and pull it out with one hand while pinching the cord between two fingers. With your two fingers you kind of strip the flesh away from the tube while you pull the nut with the other hand. Once the tube is skinned you cut it and grab the other nut and do the same thing. Once both nuts are out you stick your bottle of antiseptic up there and give a big squeeze. Best way I know how. Cutting hogs is a little different. The sack does not hang down so you just slit the skin and pull the nut out. Cutting lambs is similar to calves, just smaller nuts. The old timers pull the lamb nuts out with their teeth. True story. I suppose that is WAY more than anyone wanted to know about cutting calves!
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    What? Be a cutter?
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    Sometimes, but not often. No real major arteries or veins in a nut. Unless you get a Texan to cut.......then any damn thing can happen. Usually infection, or sometimes the sack does not stay open for drainage. It will seal up and cause trouble. We switched to rubber rings a while ago just because it is a bit faster and it was getting hard to find a good cutter. I had a guy trained up and he was an excellent castrator, but he moved away. All the old timers got too old. The rubber rings are not fool proof though. Still can lose a calf to infection. Lots of times people will give a shot of tetanus when they band. Its hard to believe but rubber rings are no less stressful than cutting calves with a knife.
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    WAT? Sure thing! Happy birthday!
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    There is no springs Sean, but it wasn't just me lifting. We all help so the fellow running the chute doesn't get worn out. I have never seen a calf die from a brand Cory. I have killed a few castrating, but not branding. No, we don't apply anything to them
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