Much Needed Repairs on the Dairy

  • Published on Nov 26, 2021
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Comments • 351

  • Scott Wiley
    Scott Wiley 5 months ago +48

    I love how the cows have to know what's happening all the time. They love to watch Eric work.

  • John Baskett
    John Baskett 5 months ago +92

    Enjoy your time working with your dad Eric. The best years of my life was when my dad and I worked together but it was after he was gone that I realized it. I miss him every day.

    • Jayson Mccamant
      Jayson Mccamant 4 months ago

      always kickin my father to take it slower than he is currently. honestly love doing shit for my dad, even if its just the manual labor parts of what he's doing. learned a lot of lessons from the old man.

    • Cliff blackburn
      Cliff blackburn 5 months ago +2

      I had the chance to work with my son and teach him to paint and do drywall time ever working with him I miss it a ton

    • SweetLand Farm
      SweetLand Farm 5 months ago +2

      I work with my Dad every day on our family farm, we may have our days where we don't always get along, but man when he's gone idk what I'm gonna do with myself, he's one of my best friends!

    • Andrew Shirley
      Andrew Shirley 5 months ago +5

      I have to agree, you never know what you have until they are no longer there next to you giving you advice on any questions you might have and it hit me when I lost my mum last year as she was there for me day or night

  • Kris Kris
    Kris Kris 5 months ago +48

    So funny how happy the cows get with new bedding 😂 & how curious they are.

  • Kevin Curry
    Kevin Curry 5 months ago +39

    I never realized how inquisitive cows were... It's like having 150 supervisors watching to be sure you're doing a good job!! Enoying the content!!!

  • MB Buckeyes
    MB Buckeyes 5 months ago +16

    Hi Eric - Here’s an idea for a YT short video - a series on the cow brushes. I love watching them use them and a bunch of short clips all focused on the different brushes and the cows using them would be kinda cool. Hope you and your family has a great thanksgiving together. Thanks for all ur posts.

  • Fun2Mud
    Fun2Mud 5 months ago +40

    I'm not sure if someone can do it but I'd like it if someone could make a map on farming simulator 22 of your farm. With all the fields and cows it would be pretty cool to play around with it.

    • Jacqueline Harper-Simmons
      Jacqueline Harper-Simmons 4 months ago

      Or just get lost if you play there at night in real life. Such a hugh place. Cool. Jason and Micheal Meyers would find it hard to find me.

    • Chris Jones
      Chris Jones 4 months ago +2

      That would be awesome!

    • Alex Mahlke
      Alex Mahlke 5 months ago +3

      Wow. This would be amazing.

  • three6ohchris
    three6ohchris 5 months ago +16

    What an awesome treat for everyone! Def loved the longer video, Eric! Enjoyed the classic "Eric stumbles upon a soda" gag. They always make me laugh. Anyway, thank you for sharing the long video with all of us. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I hope that you and the wife, the kids, your mom and dad (and the wife's), and of course the rest of the family all had a fantastic day! I know you guys don't really get a day off for holidays usually in the farming/Ag/Dairy industry, but hopefully you two were able to spend a little bit of extra time with the family.
    The new hoodies and beanies look great! Personally, I'm partial to hoodies, but since I'm a little bit of a bigger guy it can sometimes be tough to find them in my size. I'll have to take a look and see what you guys have to offer. Or, I suppose I could get out there and work with you guys on the farm for a little while and drop a few of those lbs. LOL. Anyway, loved the video and look forward to seeing the next one. Take care and God bless. 🙏

  • Jarred Holt
    Jarred Holt 5 months ago +21

    Enjoy watching you and your Dad do maintenance together…he’s been a real mentor for you when it comes to handing over the reins to the family farm…❤️

  • Dale Myers
    Dale Myers 5 months ago +7

    Glad to see your Dad in the video, he seems to be doing well. Looks like you had a lot of 4 legged help there, their scared at first then curiosity takes over and they won’t leave you alone. Thank you for what you do every day.

  • Steve Craig
    Steve Craig 5 months ago +51

    This time of year is awesome to see neighbors helping neighbors. Borrowing a tractor or forklift is pretty cool to see. I never seen a PTO driven generator before, that was neat.

    • Big Yowie
      Big Yowie 5 months ago

      We’ve got a 80hp pto driven one that powers our farm when a black out happens

    • Darth Fluffy
      Darth Fluffy 5 months ago

      Me neither, but it is an obvious idea... Just never occurred to ME.

    • Jim Wilhelmi
      Jim Wilhelmi 5 months ago +6

      Growing up in Iowa in the 70s we had a PTO driven generator that we could run pretty much the whole farm on. At least enough to feed cows, do the milking, and Mom could make supper all at the same time. We had a 1970 John Deere 2020 we ran it on.

  • SamSpade
    SamSpade 5 months ago +17

    Glad to see that you guys in PA know how to use the handyman's secret weapon - Duct tape. Like red green always says if the women don't find you handsome at least they find you handy. Lol... I can speak to that one for sure. Thanks for the video. It's really great to see the amount of progress you guys are making compared to just a few years ago. Great job!

  • D Hess
    D Hess 5 months ago +10

    You were right about the further you move down the barn, the more "friendly" the heifers get. And they are so, so helpful too. The box was probably fun to play with though. Good job on taking care of the overall maintenance. Yes, it can be a headache but it comes with the territory. Remember to find two replacement screws so everything is in order and intact. Duct tape does work pretty well, but those wields will hold up better (of course the blue duct tape did add a bit of color to the parlor). Hope you guys had a good Thanksgiving and I hope you all have a Great Christmas.

  • Thomas Gorham
    Thomas Gorham 5 months ago +14

    Eric. You have one great sense of humour. Too funny about the weather update.

  • Sue Upham
    Sue Upham 5 months ago +4

    Eric,you are a Good man and son,,the kindness you show your cows,,it will all come back from your creator God to you.. you're a lot like your Dad and look how he is blessed,,also you're patient with problems , your children will pick that up so fast,trust's a great trait to have..Lord bless you all....

  • Charlene Wenthold
    Charlene Wenthold 5 months ago +5

    I so enjoy watching you and your dad work together. He and you have such great work ethics great knowledge to get things right and working

  • William Hall
    William Hall 5 months ago +1

    Never knew how interesting a Dairy Farm is. I've learned so much over the past five months. Keep up the great content! Also love seeing when the cows are having fun. 7:10 7:20 17:33 17:56

  • icebaby snocain
    icebaby snocain 5 months ago +6

    The older heifers know when they spot a good looking guy, and as far as they are concerned you are the bull. Heat tape on the pipes saves a lot bother when it gets cold. It's nice to see them jump and play when the new bedding comes in. I didn't realize the head locks ever had to be replaced. Good video. Pax.

    TERRY W. BOWEN, BCE 5 months ago +3

    I love to see the happy cows enjoying their fresh bedding!

  • Tricia Abrams
    Tricia Abrams 5 months ago +1

    I love the level of respect you have for the animals. All of them. This proves you have to be a wonderful father! BTW, we need updates on your family. 😊🐂🐮🤩

  • Robyn Morris
    Robyn Morris 5 months ago +3

    I so agree with you Eric; it is so discouraging when you don’t have the right equipment to do the repair or job, or it ends up taking twice as much time as you thought it would. Great video thanks for the efforts you put in.

  • JRD77VET
    JRD77VET 5 months ago +3

    Yes, the last group of heifers definitely was more of an audience for the water heater installation. I saw "happy heifers" with the new bedding too. I guess it doesn't take much to amuse them.

  • Clinton Mississippi
    Clinton Mississippi 5 months ago +2

    Put a wire brush in your angle grinder and clean your welds up. Then spray the welded areas with Rust-Oleum "Cold Galvanizing Compound" and let it dry. Also clean the rust off your head locks and spray them to prevent further rusting. This product works great. I use it on my galvanized chain link fence and it stops the rusting for years. Keep up the good work.

  • TheWingedOne
    TheWingedOne 5 months ago +6

    Woudnt it have been easier to replace the whole section with the new one and than keeping the half from the old that was still good for repairs? That way the new one would be fully intact.

    • Simon Freer
      Simon Freer 5 months ago +1

      Your mind reading skills are amazing 😀

  • Doug DiPlacido
    Doug DiPlacido 5 months ago +1

    It is amazing how a little job becomes very involved, but that is the nature of the beast. Always love watching you and your Dad working. Thanks.

  • Lyle Tiahrt
    Lyle Tiahrt 5 months ago +1

    Nice to see you and Dad working together, my Dad and I also worked together farming. He now has been gone for more than 20 years I truly miss our time together.

  • Dan
    Dan 5 months ago +1

    Good job on the head lock repair and on the rail in the milking parlor, looks great. It seems like we have the same problem, when your working on the water system that's when they want to get water, or at least inspect what your doing. Some cows and especially that age of younger calves have a curious nature. Great video, thanks for sharing. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, I also hope y'all have a safe and wonderful weekend and week ahead!

  • Charles Wolf
    Charles Wolf 5 months ago +1

    That barn is well thought out, whenever we did things in the pens and the heifers were going to be a pest we would give them a treat and set the headlocks. Also always keep a couple of heaters on hand for the waterers as it always seemed that our supplier had them on back order during the coldest part of the winter.

  • The Clappedoutdairy- Man
    The Clappedoutdairy- Man 5 months ago +3

    Yes Eric , sometimes if temporary works it becomes permanent ! Makes life easier. Regards from Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  • RMD Dairy Farm
    RMD Dairy Farm 5 months ago +2

    Love the humor in this video!! Always feels great to check the small project off the list.

  • Tony Baleno
    Tony Baleno 5 months ago +1

    Thanks Eric for another interesting video of those necessary repair jobs around the farm. After seeing some of the repairs you have been doing on gates because of rusting, makes me wonder if they are dipping the sections long enough to get a good thickness of galvanized on the steel.
    A high amperage (30-50 amps) lead/extension is mighty handy. If you have to change out the power leads on one of the silos and the problem is not to big, you may want to save the rubber cord for the motor and get a few parts to put one together. The ones I have worker on are usually #6 copper which works well on large welders. I use an extension made from #8 copper on my welder and it works great.
    Keep up the videos...they are always interesting. Thanks to you and your dad.

  • Rob Green
    Rob Green 5 months ago +4

    Eric.....get one of the 110V flux core welders. Weigh less than 20#'s and just plug it into any outlet with a 20 amp breaker. EZY PEEZY, and they're not expensive.

  • Barbara Stedillie
    Barbara Stedillie 5 months ago +2

    I’ve been wondering for a while now, just out of curiosity. What’s your favorite chores and least favorites? This question is for your dad as well.

  • Shirley Sousa
    Shirley Sousa 5 months ago +1

    You and your dad make a good team. He has and still is setting such a good example on how to be a great man

  • Zeke 1982
    Zeke 1982 5 months ago +1

    Great video! It's always something to fix on a farm and yes heifers at that older age can be such a pain!

  • R B
    R B 5 months ago +1

    Eric, you and your Dad make a good team! Enjoy your videos!

  • calico097
    calico097 5 months ago +4

    Big magnet on a rope works well to find screws and hardware buried in bedding. Hopefully the curious heifers did not ingest them as it could lead to hardware disease

  • d2ndborn
    d2ndborn 5 months ago +5

    Thought the cows were going to rush you and make a break for it when you were doing the stalls. They are funny when they gather around you wanting to see what's your doing maybe help

  • David Turpin
    David Turpin 5 months ago +1

    Great videos it’s always fun to see the cows react to the new bedding they look happy jumping around
    I’m sure there must be a harbor fright in your area or look on Amazon
    They both have amazing wire feed using gas or flux core wire this would be best for outside ware the wind would blow the gas away or stick, tig or many different combinations of wilders for under 200 to 300 bucks
    These things are the size of a 12 pack of soda and they run off of 110
    Ya that’s right you can plug it in any ware
    And surprisingly these are great welders and a great value for this kind of portability

  • Richard Hicks
    Richard Hicks 5 months ago +1

    Great video. It was fun watching how the heffers acted when you did the last water. Y'all stay safe and good luck.

  • Ty Rankin
    Ty Rankin 5 months ago +13

    This is what I needed after 5 thanksgivings with the crazy family 😂👍🏻

  • Mama C
    Mama C 5 months ago +1

    Those goofy cows gettin’ all rowdy in the bedding, and then volunteering to help you put the heaters in water bowls! They make me giggle, the silly buggers!
    Thank you for the video, Eric!

  • Steve Neal
    Steve Neal 5 months ago +1

    Eric, you are an awesome young man. I wish my boy was as good as you. He want even talk to me. Anyhow, Good luck on your water heaters. It gets down to 34 this week. Be careful and hope you and your family had a good thanksgiving

  • Damon Ford
    Damon Ford 5 months ago +5

    I love how curious the cows are!

  • Rick larouche
    Rick larouche 5 months ago +3

    Hahaha, pretty funny how curious those older heifers are!! 😂

  • John Novak
    John Novak 5 months ago +1

    Another great video. You and your dad work well together. Feel free to share the weather updates with us.

  • Jerry Campbell
    Jerry Campbell 5 months ago +1

    Eric I hope I missed something, I Love your Family, Farm and everything Y'ALL do !!! I hope your Dad was wearing his eye protection, It mite have been edited out an I missed it ! I would hate for Him to mis out on seeing any of your BEAUTIFUL FAMILY ! I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but we have to remind each other all the time SAFTY FIRST ! A quick job can cause a permanent injury !!!

  • ayronsmama05
    ayronsmama05 5 months ago +2

    LOL you and your chocolate milk and root beer discoveries, love it! Thanks y'all for a great video, Blessings!

  • Jeffrey Worth
    Jeffrey Worth 5 months ago +1

    Great video eric, thanks for being a farming family

  • Morgan M
    Morgan M 5 months ago

    You two work so hard. If there’s a problem you fix it! 👏🏼

  • Steve Adams
    Steve Adams 5 months ago

    It's really nice to see you and your Dad working together Eric. That is a pleasure that many of us never had. Enjoyed the video.

  • Dan Van Ninhuys
    Dan Van Ninhuys 5 months ago +3

    You could get a suitcase welder that can still use 1/8 rod for small jobs.

  • Gary Wright
    Gary Wright 5 months ago +1

    Looks like that robot is working with the new wheels now. I remember that was a concern after that last mix up with the wheels. And the Duct Tape fix... totally a Red Green secret weapon.

  • lidsman22
    lidsman22 5 months ago +1

    It was nice to see irritated Eric today when trying to fix that railing. I just always thought you were even-tempered all the time. Thanks for the video and Happy Thanksgiving.

  • DM For
    DM For 5 months ago +1

    I remember freeze ups being frustrating. 1970 and 80’s. Hair dryers and hot water bottles helped if not froze hard. All it took would be a door not shut tight. 🇨🇦

  • Samuel Chappell
    Samuel Chappell 5 months ago +1

    When anyone says that "something just doesn't make any sense," and can explain as to why it wasn't in a way that all can understand, that is my definition of common sense with a healthy dose of good communication skills. Keep it up.

  • Becky Umphrey
    Becky Umphrey 5 months ago

    Beautiful curious cows. Great video. It is going to be great when you get the pasture area for the new barn so those girls can run and jump around outside

  • Robert Hakeman
    Robert Hakeman 5 months ago

    Eric you and your dad should do another live stream sometime this winter when it gets kinda slow in the afternoon on a cold or snowy day.

  • Neil Louise
    Neil Louise 5 months ago +4

    Duct tape is a miraculous invention. And it comes in festive colors. Keep the work environment cheerful.

    A SPIN WITH FIN 5 months ago +1

    I had an electrician buddy make me a welder extension cord for like $5 . Could save you a lot of head ache! Enjoyed the video!

  • Buster QHorse
    Buster QHorse 5 months ago +2

    New bedding! Cow woo hoo! Duct tape. The ultimate repair tool. Love how they try to help. (not helping)

  • SuperHigear
    SuperHigear 5 months ago +5

    One of the many things I like about your videos is how you film and publish what to those of us who’ve worked on dairy farms would seem to be mundane activities. It gives those people with no dairy farm background a chance to see some of the many things a farmer needs to do himself in order to stay in business. As always, great video !!

  • DB
    DB 5 months ago

    I think a brief weather update would be welcomed, like “it’s a beautiful morning here, it’s about XX degrees and as you can see the sun is shining. Perfect weather for (insert today’s job here).” It’s always neat to hear what people around the country/world call a beautiful day in their current season :)

  • 2491kridge
    2491kridge 5 months ago +1

    Omg that snapshot at 17:58 of all the older cows making a complete circle around you watching you work is hilarious 😂

  • Ted C.
    Ted C. 5 months ago +1

    9:39 the problem is you did not get manure on the duct tape. It would have lasted forever if you had done that.
    0:50 I did not know A&W made chocolate milk! I learn something on every one of your videos! Thanks!

  • James Misener
    James Misener 5 months ago +1

    Enjoyed watching the older heifers check you out. Cheers 🇨🇦

  • JCON631
    JCON631 5 months ago +1

    I love how all the neighboring farms help one another.

  • Brad Plumb
    Brad Plumb 5 months ago +1

    FYI, I have a 120/220 welder that I can literally carry anywhere there is power. For a minimal investment it might save seem time in the future. Happy Holidays!

  • Dave from Mo
    Dave from Mo 5 months ago +1

    Temp would good to know especially in the winter months. Thanks Eric, great channel.

  • Karen Cary
    Karen Cary 5 months ago

    Nice work. Repairs and tweaks never end. God bless you all.

  • Dalton Roll
    Dalton Roll 5 months ago +1

    For sure look into getting your rails POWDERCOATED to help withstand all the stool and water and stuff it will help a lot

  • Jason Wierenga
    Jason Wierenga 5 months ago +1

    In a pinch you can use jumper cables to extend your stinger line on the welder

  • Patrick Rose
    Patrick Rose 5 months ago +1

    WOW- repairs and looking out for the cows' legs scraping on clamps. Lots of working parts to a dairy farm most people don't consider!

  • kjell stian aarsæther
    kjell stian aarsæther 5 months ago +1

    2 things as a suggestion , flexvolt grinder and most important a bosch recovery blade ore likevise fore the tigersaw ,greetings from norweigian farmer.

  • Timothy Bailey
    Timothy Bailey 5 months ago +1

    I remember your videos of using that OPTIMIZER GEL and wondering how it would work. You said then that it had an impact on scowers (spelling) that might be the answer!

  • Keith Magoon
    Keith Magoon 5 months ago +2

    You really need to be careful when you are welding anything galvanized, the fumes are not good for you, and don't believe the old wives tale about drinking milk takes care of the problem. Love the channel.

    • *****
      ***** 5 months ago +2

      You are correct sir

  • Pilot4Hire
    Pilot4Hire 5 months ago +1

    Hey Eric, if you are looking for anyone local to make stickers vinyl decals, ornaments, or really anything you could customize with your logo on it my wife is super talented and FINALLY has the time with our kids growing up to start making things again. We are just outside of Leola so pretty close! Love the content, keep it up!

  • Jamie Macleod
    Jamie Macleod 5 months ago +1

    Can the gates in the new barn be raised up so you’re able to go a bit longer between clean out, or to use the bean bales again? Cows are great help.

  • William Mund
    William Mund 5 months ago +1

    I love how a couple of those girls love when they get new dry bedding.

  • Ethan Schafer
    Ethan Schafer 5 months ago +1

    Thats one of the struggles of being a "small" farm. Its hard to have all the tools to do everything you would like.

  • George Horn III
    George Horn III 5 months ago

    My love of 45 years and I from upstate NY near Bennington VT totally enjoy all your videos! We live on 6 acres in a rural area near a large Dairy Farm “Herringtons”. They spray the liquid manure in fields all around us. Stinky stuff! We wondered why the farm chose to spray on the hottest windy days. Watching your videos has given me an understanding of the process and the need for efficient farming practices.

  • Ken Prevatt
    Ken Prevatt 5 months ago

    Love my DeWalt cordless tools as well I use them every day .

  • Rachel Russell
    Rachel Russell 5 months ago +1

    Will be interested to know how you like your Monty cross heifers. We have about third Monty cows in our robot barn and they are the best! My favorite of all our crosses. I think you should follow them as they grow and give your opinion. Have a first calf heifer that gave 120 lbs for 100 days, bred back to calve 380 days after her first calf and then 100+ lbs 2 weeks after calving. And we don't feed for high production, we can only make so much milk per day on our base. Love your video, funny to milk cows everyday and find time to watch others milk cows!!!

  • PAfarmboy
    PAfarmboy 5 months ago +1

    I was surprised to see some of the heifers had horns. Do you not select polled bull semen or were those heifers purchased? Had to laugh when you installed the last heater. I bet as soon as you drained the water bowl they all wanted a drink.😁

  • Mel Fallen
    Mel Fallen 5 months ago +2

    😃The AI on the robot is attempting to get on your good side - next time, it’ll be a chocolate milk ambush!!!🤣
    The new hoodies look awesome (I need to make an addition to my Christmas list) 👍🇺🇸🙏🏻🇺🇸👍

  • leo youngblood
    leo youngblood 5 months ago

    Very good video like to watch what you do when your tinkering around the farm keep up the good work stay safe I’ll be watching👍👍🇺🇸🇺🇸👁👁

  • Timothy Shepodd
    Timothy Shepodd 5 months ago +1

    Good job. Why don’t you drag around 1 of your core Manet to help find the tossed screws. Blessings!

  • Kyla E
    Kyla E 5 months ago

    Oh no, I wanted a hoodie and my size is sold out! Please get more! Love your channel! Nice to see someone local with great content. (I live in York, PA.)

  • Frank Glover
    Frank Glover 5 months ago +1

    You should be able to make a pusher blade for the front end of your Kubota or side by side if pushing feed by manual labor becomes a little to much ..

    DIGGER 5 months ago +1

    People frown on it but you can make extension cords for your welder. Just get really really good 50 amp wire or whatever amperage your welder uses

  • Barbara Stedillie
    Barbara Stedillie 5 months ago +1

    Why can’t you angle that piece? Unless there’s something on the part that I can’t see that would interfere with angling it, I think it would work.

  • David Bishop
    David Bishop 5 months ago +1

    You got some nosy cows there Erik. And then they steal the box from you on top of it. Very fun to watch. How's your son doing? Stay safe.

  • Jebediah J
    Jebediah J 4 months ago

    Never knew you had merch till I read comments had to buy some. Love the videos got my own small farm right now

  • Troy B
    Troy B 5 months ago

    Time for a welder/generator combo, so worth the money, you save so much time

  • Shirley Sousa
    Shirley Sousa 5 months ago +1

    So cute to watch the cows jumping around on the fresh bedding

  • Salmon Hunter
    Salmon Hunter 5 months ago +1

    I leave ours in all year so far they have lasted 4 years. Always plugged in.

  • Hannah Hutchins
    Hannah Hutchins 5 months ago

    Your video's always make my day keep up the good work.

  • Matthew Allen
    Matthew Allen 5 months ago +1

    You are a brave man grinding over all that methane gas🔥🤯 surprised your not the first dairy on the moon😂😂😂

  • Paul Walsh
    Paul Walsh 5 months ago

    Should get one from an auction and with a snow blade on for winter, that way it has more than one use. Better than using the skid steer for winter.

  • KnoxVol
    KnoxVol 5 months ago

    Great videos! How much milk do you produce in total each year in gallons?

    • ayronsmama05
      ayronsmama05 5 months ago

      That'll take some math for this hardworking young man. Milk is loaded in pounds.

  • Keith Olson
    Keith Olson 5 months ago

    Always fun to see calves to see have fun in newbeddding