Feeding Beef Cattle with the John Deere Model A (December 2020)

In this video I use the 1951 John Deere model A to feed cattle. I feed with a custom built feeder (it was once a home-made round bale plastic bagger). As much as I hate talking on video, I tried to explain some of what was going on and a bit of the hardware.

The model A is one if my favorite of the two-cylinder machines, as it is a great machine that feels “two-cylinder” as it gets. Okay, personal opinion there, but it’s mine to give. πŸ™‚

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2020 Year In Review

First off, sorry for not posting in such a long time. I guess time just slips by quickly…

I’d like to state a few highlights from 2020 as well. As is the case for pretty much every person on the planet–2020 was definitely a year one will never forget. For myself, this was no exception. Some of the bigger items of 2020 are as follows:

Covid 2019. This is probably the thing that rocked most peoples world the most. Where I work for a K-12 school district, COVID-19 altered things in a way that will change education forever. It forced people to use technology and practices that they wouldn’t normally do (such as videoconferencing). It shown the world that it is possible to work from home & lower the Co2 footprint. It gave schools new funds for replacing technology–even if the technology didn’t necessarily need to be replaced… I have to say though, I loved being able to work from home and would definitely do that full time if I was able to do so…

Grandma. Another big change that affected me personally was the loss of my grandmother, Doreen. She was very beloved lady that affected the lives of so many around her. Her loss is felt every day, and she will forever be missed. Please see this post here.

Tip. It’s hard to express the loss of a creature that is nearly with you 24/7. As a farm boy, one can best describe the relationship between a man and his dog as a form of symbiotic relationship. His loss was especially hard for me, and something I have yet to recover from…

Tristan. Tristan is the new puppy we picked up. Although he will never replace Tip, I have enjoyed having another puppy around. He is also a full-blooded German Shepherd with a lot of personality. He’s still in his puppy stages, so he is definitely a handful… But we do love him. πŸ™‚

Tractors. I told myself I wasn’t going to get any more tractors this year. Of course that didn’t end up being the case… I ended up getting three. The year still has one more week to go too… We ended up picking up a John Deere 5020 in the spring (pretty cool machine and one I’ve always wanted, so it was hard to pass up), as well as a more recently a John Deere 430 with a loader, tire chains, box scraper, and loader–what can I say, the price was right). We also picked up a little Farmall model B. The B was also at the right price, and will make a fun little tractor to the slowly growing Farmall collection…

Night on the mountain. I went on a nice bike ride with two of my cousins and a friend of one of my cousins. It was a good ride up Bald Mountain–one I hadn’t been on before. It was a fun ride, but we ended up running into troubles and had to spend the night on the mountain. That was definitely a learning experience for sure… Staying on a mountain when you aren’t prepared for it isn’t exactly something I’d recommend. Spending the night outdoors when it gets down below 40 degrees with nothing but a t-shirt and riding jersey on isn’t exactly something I’d recommend. Fortunately everything turned out okay though in the end.

Coming out. This is a hard one to write, as it’s not exactly something I like to advertise. However, since no one really reads my blog, I don’t think hardly anyone will see it anyway. That being said, 2020 is the year that I came out to much of the family and our closest friends. It’s not something I would have ever chosen for myself, nor something that has been an easy thing to go through–but it is who I am, so it deserves a spot on the list. I have been with my partner for over ten years now, and most of my accomplishments that you see here on this website were the combined effort of the two of us; something I wouldn’t have been able to have accomplished without him.

So there you have it. That’s 2020 in a nutshell. Here’s to the unknowns of 2021…

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