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No way to start the year 2

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SVcummins

01-02-2018 18:19:23




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Got laid off from the dairy I was working at today the milk contract is up and nobody else wants to buy the milk . Luckily Iíve gotta few calves to sell and just got paid for some custom plowing I did earlier this fall




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jddrawbar

01-03-2018 15:58:29




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to SVcummins, 01-02-2018 18:19:23  
I've kept up with your posts and you have a lot going for yourself. In my area someone with your talent would be in HIGH demand. Wishing you all the best.



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SVcummins

01-03-2018 19:34:56




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to jddrawbar, 01-03-2018 15:58:29  
Thank you I think Iíve found a couple places I can go so Iíll turn out ok



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ss55

01-03-2018 11:30:14




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to SVcummins, 01-02-2018 18:19:23  
It sounds like you have both skills and ambition, so you should be able to find other work. Local job markets can vary a lot, especially when a large local employer has a big lay-off. It helps if you are prepared to travel or re-locate.

The dairy's managers was probably aware this could be coming, what are the dairy's plans? Are they running in place for the short term while looking for new markets, are they adding trucks to haul raw milk to a more distant buyer, are they looking at processing their own milk, are they looking to switch to beef cattle and grain production, are they feeding out the herd for slaughter or are they selling out to a larger dairy that has milk contracts?

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SVcummins

01-03-2018 19:34:05




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to ss55, 01-03-2018 11:30:14  
Not much market for any milk here right now neighbor dairy was milking 3000 cows and they went under about 2 weeks ago couldnít sell the milk . Iíve already got a few options as far as work so i think Iíll turn out ok Iím more worried about the guy I worked for than myself



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coonie minnie

01-03-2018 10:02:00




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to SVcummins, 01-02-2018 18:19:23  
Curious... where are you located?



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SVcummins

01-03-2018 10:37:44




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to coonie minnie, 01-03-2018 10:02:00  
S.E Idaho



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coonie minnie

01-03-2018 10:48:44




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to SVcummins, 01-03-2018 10:37:44  
I need to hire someone with your skills, but SE WI is a bit of a commute!

Good luck- I'm sure you will find something. Ag has plenty of open positions for people that are skilled and willing to work.



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rrlund

01-03-2018 07:48:45




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to SVcummins, 01-02-2018 18:19:23  
I wouldn't worry about it. With those tax cuts and the economy roaring like it is,you should have a job making twice as much money with fantastic benefits as soon as tomorrow.



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SVcummins

01-03-2018 10:38:37




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to rrlund, 01-03-2018 07:48:45  
Man I sure hope so



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Steamboat

01-03-2018 07:57:10




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to rrlund, 01-03-2018 07:48:45  
Yeh, and you will not have to pay ANY taxes, cause that "makes you smart"!



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ed will

01-03-2018 06:38:48




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to SVcummins, 01-02-2018 18:19:23  
Hi, I was laid off in about 1965. Our small town had just put in a sewer main and my wife's uncle asked me to hook up his sewer. I dug it by hand, hooked him up.backfill put sod back. Then his neighbor then almost everyone on the street. A few months later I bought a Case 530 construction king lbh. Away I went. I had an employee that was a concrete finisher so branched out. My brother had a paving co. I worked for him off and on it's rare that a door would close behind you without another one opening in front. Good Luck ! And don't worry! Ed Will Oliver BC

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Traditional Farmer

01-03-2018 05:50:36




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to SVcummins, 01-02-2018 18:19:23  
That's tough but my advice is since you're trying to get into farming is not to get a job on a farm.Get an industrial type job they pay better and don't conflict as much with your farming operation as a farm job will.I worked for 25 years off the farm but farmed part time,got into a good enough position to farm full time at age 48 with everything I needed paid for and totally
debt free.



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larry@stinescorner

01-03-2018 04:25:56




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to SVcummins, 01-02-2018 18:19:23  
sorry to hear that,,but you are a survivor,its obvious from your pictures over the years..you wont go hungry either,,home butcher a small beef,,and make it till spring ,then things will look up.



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BarnyardEngineering

01-03-2018 04:11:44




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to SVcummins, 01-02-2018 18:19:23  
At least they laid you off. They could've sent you to the slaughterhouse with the cows.



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carvel minne farmer

01-02-2018 20:36:50




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to SVcummins, 01-02-2018 18:19:23  
throw this idea at you sv. with the dodge dually and your trailers how about some hot shot work? quite a few guys around here do part time and full time hotshot work, hauling loads that need to get to an oil rig or plant or job site in a hurry. make some calls to local trucking and courier companys let them know what you have for equipment. call equipment dealers, they are always either shipping or waiting on parts that they need in a hurry. sit down and figure up both a mileadge rate and hourly rate. (and don't forget to pay sv.) as you know sv a lot of companys are outsourcing work of all kinds. it's a lot cheaper to call you when they need a quick trip made than having their own truck and paying a driver to sit on stand by till they need a run made.

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SVcummins

01-02-2018 21:47:21




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to carvel minne farmer, 01-02-2018 20:36:50  
The only problem with that idea is the insurance is the killer I did a little hot shot work for awhile but insurance is a killer about 900$ a month boy it only takes a small hiccup and your in real trouble . It is a good idea if a guy could get a few regular clients it could be made to work pretty well I think



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paul

01-02-2018 19:40:20




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to SVcummins, 01-02-2018 18:19:23  
Oh, the pics you have put up of late were your former employers stuff.

That fits a little better.

Bummer to get laid off, hope you catch on soon somewhere else. Might be slow for a couple months, but by March you might have to block your phone from all the offers! Sounds like you have some skill and should do all right.

Getting lean down on the farm, the economy turned a few years ago, some of the real big outfits have gone under, the smaller ones are tightening belts again. Really no upturns on the horizon.

I hope my dairy neighbor does ok, they just took on a ton of debt, nice small by today's standards family operation, good people. My understanding dairy is looking at lower milk prices, after a drop already. We live by "the worlds biggest butter plant" and several other processors so actually import milk from a ways around, but even so, milk is mighty cheap right now if you have to pay the bills with it.

Paul

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SVcummins

01-02-2018 20:22:23




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to paul, 01-02-2018 19:40:20  
The dairy I was working for just spent a million on a new merry go round milker new barn and new loafing shed now the milk contract is up and nobody wants the milk . There was a 3000 cow dairy that just closed there doors about 2 weeks ago nobody wanted there milk



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SVcummins

01-02-2018 20:11:39




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to paul, 01-02-2018 19:40:20  
Most of the pics are my stuff I own a 3020 a 4020 a 7700 combine and bunch of other farm equipment drills swather baler trucks trailers I do a fair amount of custom farming to and I also run a few beef cows and I do some cowboying for one of the biggest ranchers in this valley but the steady paycheck every two weeks from the dairy pays for it all



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Lazy WP

01-02-2018 19:33:46




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to SVcummins, 01-02-2018 18:19:23  
The offer still stands. I can get you a job "cowboying" in northern Nebraska. Might have to dig out another layer though. I look at things like this as a good thing. I know I am. Good luck to you!!

10 more days then its off to a new adventure here too. Ranch is for sale, and I am not going to ride this one to the ground. Going back to running a floater and driving a truck again. I'm excited, but going to miss the cows eventually.

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SVcummins

01-02-2018 20:34:57




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to Lazy WP, 01-02-2018 19:33:46  
Iím still trying to think about that cowboy job itís something Iíve always wanted to do for sure . If also thought about running floaters but thatís a job you donít just get around here you have to know somebody that knows somebody



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big tee

01-02-2018 19:27:19




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to SVcummins, 01-02-2018 18:19:23  
Good Luck---Tee



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Steve@Advance

01-02-2018 18:56:36




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to SVcummins, 01-02-2018 18:19:23  
Sorry to hear that...

Plans?

Dreams?

Make it happen!



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SVcummins

01-02-2018 19:08:26




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to Steve@Advance, 01-02-2018 18:56:36  
Iíd like have enough cows on my own and just ranch and do my custom farming but Iím not quite in the position for that yet so I guess I will hire on with another outfit and keep going . I can mechanic have a cdl and know quite a bit about framing and cattle a jack of all trades master of none



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ArleninOr

01-02-2018 18:50:02




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to SVcummins, 01-02-2018 18:19:23  
SV, got laid off about 35 years ago. Never looked back. Always looked ahead and found other work I could do. Like you I was a jack of all trades and master of none. Have worked for my self since then. You will survive and make do. May have to suck up the belt a notch or two. You get bucked off and you get right back on. Good luck with what ever you find. E-mail for my number as I have a friend in Idaho that might could help out.

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SVcummins

01-02-2018 19:04:23




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to ArleninOr, 01-02-2018 18:50:02  
Thank you Iíve got a few options but it always scares me to death when it happens .



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RBoots

01-02-2018 18:23:00




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to SVcummins, 01-02-2018 18:19:23  
Don't worry, for a worker, there's always a different job out there. The problem arises when a prospective employer wants to see an applicant's previous job history and there is none, because they've only just recently decided they need a job. That never looks good. But, with a work history and your mechanical skills, you'll be able to find something.



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SVcummins

01-02-2018 18:25:14




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to RBoots, 01-02-2018 18:23:00  
Ya Iím pretty sure I can find something kind bad time of the year though but Iíve got enough money saved I should be ok till spring



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DeltaRed

01-02-2018 18:22:53




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to SVcummins, 01-02-2018 18:19:23  
Time to 'bit the bullet' and farm for your self.Yep,it will be hard,but well worth it. Could be a whole new beginning!



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SVcummins

01-02-2018 18:24:06




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to DeltaRed, 01-02-2018 18:22:53  
Boy Iíd sure love to do that



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01-03-2018 06:33:04




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 Re: No way to start the year 2 in reply to SVcummins, 01-02-2018 18:24:06  
sorry to hear sv . if you don't mind where are you roughly from that all those are closing



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