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Pic: Some sad Barns

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Bruce from Can.

01-24-2013 12:44:48
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Went to the feed mill today to pick up some soy meal $606.00 per ton, and took the camera with me. I have seen a lot of pictures of sad old houses on here the last few days . Here are some sad barns I passed today. The first 3 pics are of a once prospruous dairy farm. Son took over ,10 -12 years ago, like to cash crop better than milk, picture tells the rest of the story. The next 2 pics, this barn was a big L shaped barn, fella had hogs.Story goes his wife was slippen around, and he hung himself in the barn. Next pic was an old dairy, out of the biz for about 20 yers, farm rented to a cropper. Last pic, hard to see, but it is the farm acrossed the road from the last pic , barn collapsed, cash cropper bought this farm too. BIG OLD BARNS ARE GOING FAST. So Iam going to start taking some pic's of them , beforethey just become a memorey. Bruce

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SweetFeet

01-24-2013 18:21:44
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 Re: Pic: Some sad Barns in reply to Bruce from Can., 01-24-2013 12:44:48  
Bruce from Can.,
Thanks for posting. Neat, sad old barns.

That's why I take pics of barns, houses and machinery... my way of preserving them also.

They really are disappearing FAST!



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samn40

01-24-2013 16:16:55
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 Re: Pic: Some sad Barns in reply to Bruce from Can., 01-24-2013 12:44:48  

Unfortunately this is so much more practical nowadays!!!! See the spacing in the roof tin and the yorkshire cladding on the gables, Cows need fresh air. Sam



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lenray

01-24-2013 15:42:21
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 Re: Pic: Some sad Barns in reply to Bruce from Can., 01-24-2013 12:44:48  
I AM LEAVING WITHIN THE HOUR TO GO TO DESBORO---Is that in your area.

I am over in Michigan---hope it is warm there hahahaha.



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550Doug

01-24-2013 18:02:14
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 Re: Pic: Some sad Barns in reply to lenray, 01-24-2013 15:42:21  
I grew up in the Desboro area and still visit family in the general area. Jon Radojkovic is also from that area and he published a book a few years back documenting the barn building techniques from Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, Quebec, Ontario and Michigan. Its a very interesting look into their structures. Here are some pics:

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farmer boy

01-24-2013 16:30:07
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 Re: Pic: Some sad Barns in reply to lenray, 01-24-2013 15:42:21  
That's actually my area. About 20 miles away



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lenray

01-25-2013 10:57:18
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 Re: Pic: Some sad Barns in reply to farmer boy, 01-24-2013 16:30:07  
I am back home in Michigan 668 miles round trip. You fellas have more snow than we do here in Clare, Mi.
I delivered some parts to a fella from Morbark in Winn.



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60 acre hillside

01-24-2013 14:44:59
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 Re: Pic: Some sad Barns in reply to Bruce from Can., 01-24-2013 12:44:48  
Our county assessor loves these old barns. The base is determined by the cost to build new. Lack of usefulness is not a consideration



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Bruce from Can.

01-24-2013 14:31:58
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 Re: Pic: Some sad Barns in reply to Bruce from Can., 01-24-2013 12:44:48  

Heres a pic I took last year of the barn on the farm where i was raised. Dad's will stated that the farm was to be sold , and money divided amoung the 5 of us, and it was sold in 2010. I still rent the farm, though it is 30 mile away. Barn was built before my great grand dad bought the place in 1903. Dad always told me it was built in 1855. And his grand dad had it raised and a stone wall put under the barn in 1905. Bruce

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Bob Bancroft

01-24-2013 13:52:53
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The east end of this barn that is valiantly hanging on was added by my great-grandfather in 1914. I own most of the land that went with the place. A cousin owns the house/barn lot.



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Bob Bancroft

01-24-2013 14:03:43
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 Re: Pic: Some sad Barns in reply to Bob Bancroft, 01-24-2013 13:52:53  

That actually worked, so here's some more!



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oldtanker

01-24-2013 13:34:12
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 Re: Pic: Some sad Barns in reply to Bruce from Can., 01-24-2013 12:44:48  
Any of you guys really sad to see old barns in bad shape can donate to my barn projest!!! Ours is more that 100 years old and is kinda sad. I'm going to try to get some work done on it this summer if money allows.

Rick



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tomturkey

01-24-2013 13:33:18
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 Re: Pic: Some sad Barns in reply to Bruce from Can., 01-24-2013 12:44:48  
When haystacks went away and small squares became the norm, farmers needed that big hay mow to store feed. With big rounds and squares and high labor costs if you can find labor at all. Those structures just are not as useful as they were. Plus maintainence on any wooden structure has its limits. Still love seeing them they are grand feats of engineering and craftsmanship. gobble



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Traditional Farmer

01-24-2013 17:41:09
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 Re: Pic: Some sad Barns in reply to tomturkey, 01-24-2013 13:33:18  
And alot of these old barns were terrible places to keep livestock,damp, poor ventelation etc.The people that rail on about what a shame it is that these barns are going down and all aren't shelling out any $$$$ to keep them up.An old wooden barn can easily cost 2 or 3 times to fix up what a nice new building would cost



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LenND

01-24-2013 13:29:12
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 Re: Pic: Some sad Barns in reply to Bruce from Can., 01-24-2013 12:44:48  
It's sad to see those old buildings like that. Neighbor had a nice big dairy barn and he finally had to retire so switched to beef. Thought he would fix up the barn. For starters they wanted over ten thousand just to reroof it. The barn had to be raised to put in new footings another ten thousand. He built a new pole barn twice as big for same price. Tore the old one down. He figured total expense fixing old one would have been around $50,000 and still not suited for beef cattle. It just costs too much to fix the old ones. Too bad.

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farmer boy

01-24-2013 13:21:57
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 Re: Pic: Some sad Barns in reply to Bruce from Can., 01-24-2013 12:44:48  
Far too common in eastern Ontario. I don't really know what happened there, but it seems that farming took a dump 20-30 years ago. Only a few guys stayed in it, but the cash cropping seems to be recovering. Looked at alot of farms out there, different model of farming out there it seems. Your barns(that you've shown previously) are some really nice barns, and from what I've seen of Eastern Ontario(quite a bit for a guy from SW Ontario) they're out of place. Looks like they belong in sw Ontario. Do you stick to the dairy or do you have any beef or veal? Where do people in the east bring their cattle? Seems to be alot of eastern cattle in Keady, Cookstown, and Brussels, but are there any sizable stock yards in the east?
This post was edited by farmer boy at 14:18:38 01/24/13.

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Bruce from Can.

01-24-2013 14:16:14
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 Re: Pic: Some sad Barns in reply to farmer boy, 01-24-2013 13:21:57  
Well farmer boy,I guess I should post a few pic's of well cared for barns in the area next time. Beef farmers started to quit in the time of BSE and cash croping filled the void. Same everywere, I guess. I only do dairy, we have 62 tie stall , and are starting next Monday to put in another 11 stalls. The Kawartha Comunity Coop is the name of our nearest sale barn, 2mile from my farm . Sale runs every Saturday. Cull cows stockers, calves, sheep, goats,and the odd pig. Lot of turbin heads from Toronto, come to buy sheep,lambs and goats.They run special bred cow or stocker sales thruogh out the year, as well as machien consinment sales. So we are lucky, folks will come from60=70 miles away to sell/ buy stock. Cookstown is another option for us, but almost two hour drive away,same buyers, diffrent day, what is to gain? Bruce

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farmer boy

01-24-2013 14:36:24
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 Re: Pic: Some sad Barns in reply to Bruce from Can., 01-24-2013 14:16:14  
You're not as far east as I thought. I was thinking more like Peterborugh to Perth. You're closer to Port Perry if you're only 2 hours from Cookstown. I've seen cattle from Quebec in Keady, I can't really figure out how it's worth shipping them here. Guys tend to be careful around eastern cattle, so any premium that Keady or Brussels brings on western cattle usually doesn't apply to eastern cattle. I still have trouble understanding cattle farming in the east. Must be a REALLY tough business.

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Old Harv

01-24-2013 16:22:54
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 Re: Pic: Some sad Barns in reply to farmer boy, 01-24-2013 14:36:24  
I live in North Eastern Ontario near Earlton where the plowing match was about 4 years ago. There is a sales barn in New Liskeard 15 miles away, but when I had cattle it almost always paid to send them to Brussels, Cookstown, or even Kitchener. In New Liskeard there are only 2 big buyers. They both buy a pot load of cattle and haul them to Cookstown or Brussels and resell them, and make a living at it. Trucking to Cookstown was only double trucking to Liskeard, and the commision was cheaper in Cookstown as well. Now I have sheep, and the price in Cookstown or Brussels is double what I would get locally. I wouldn't sell a dead sheep here. This is a different world that southern eastern Ontario, but it likely has similar circumstances.

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Bruce from Can.

01-24-2013 14:51:37
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Farmer boy, we lived,and farmed on Scugog Island till 2004, and I went to High school in Port Perry.Our farm was the last to produce milk on Scugog Island, in 1981 when I started there were 8 milk shippers.Port Perry is just too close to Toronto. Bruce



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JOB

01-24-2013 13:19:29
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My cousin did dairy but sold his cattle a couple of years ago. His idea is to do cash crops. His farm is just north of Milaca, MN. Had about two inches of topsoil and a lot of rock. I would bet he gets a 1/4 of the yields of the farms south of the twin cities. I suppose he got tired of milking.



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JD PHIL

01-24-2013 13:10:59
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The first pic's, bet that was a big dairy operation in the day. Thanks for sharing!



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Paul from MI

01-24-2013 12:51:51
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Man, if those old barns could talk they'd have us remembering for the next millenium. Sad to see them go down, but it's happening here too.



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rrlund

01-24-2013 12:48:23
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Looks like a lot of them over on this side of the lake.



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RayP(MI)

01-24-2013 16:15:34
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 Re: Pic: Some sad Barns in reply to rrlund, 01-24-2013 12:48:23  
Exactly what rrlund said - lots of falling down, and fallen down around here. A few years back there was a project to photograph and record locations of old barns around here - son was involved. Don't know what ever happened to that effort. Too bad they have outlived their usefulness, and too costly to rennovate.



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Doug Cotton

01-24-2013 17:58:03
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Alot of them going down up here in the Traverse City region also.



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