We had lots of rain this spring but its been dry for over a month. We cant plant and if we make it through the summer and there is no rain we just lose the farm anyways.
Yeah milk in the stores is high....and going up. Yet our pay per hundred weight is going down. We get like 1.70 a gallon....
We have plenty of food as in silage its just the grain. Those dumb people in office turning our corn into ethanol are whats causing prices of stuff to go up.
When land is planted in corn instead of wheat in mass wheat goes up. When more corn is used for ethanol corn goes up. This causes food to go up and our cow feed which is made out of I think soybeans and a lot of ground corn. It just went up this past week I think.
59% of our money is spent on feeding the cows alone.
Well me and my dad would actually like the farm to be gone. I just work a bit on the farm to pay for my car until I get another job but my dad works full time and gets nothing to show for it. Its just we dont want it to be taken from us.
We may have to file bankrupt to be able to pay off the land,cows and credit cards. Plus lose our credit. My dad is not sure but it may ruin his credit as he is like a co-signer along with my uncle and my mom on some of the bills. We may could pay those bills off but my grandma and poppa would have their credit gone for sure. They done a stupid thing and did not incorporate the farm and instead put the stuff under their names(not my parents or my uncle) and so they will have no credit.
We are thinking of selling a bunch of the slacker cows in hopes of being able to feed them until August or a bit later so we can get the calves out of them and sell them and then maybe the cows also. There is a government buyout program we may put a bid in it but they wont take the cows until August and so we dont know if we can feed them until then. It would be nice to get a bunch of calves out of them and then let the government have the cows but we might not be able to wait.
We are going to call some people and see if milk is going to go up. It may put it off just long enough for us to hold on.
If the farm goes out we lose 3 full time jobs and I lose my 360 a month that I earn. Our house is about paid for and the land already is that our house is on so we wont be homeless.
But my grandparents have another mortgage out against there home to keep the farm afloat and so its even possible they could lose their house! They did some stupid stuff to keep a farm up that never really paid its own way and when it did we did not earn much. So they are in some trouble.
If we sell the land the stupid taxes will kill our profits. 45% taxes am I correct? There ought to be a way around it.
If we go out we want to be able to avoid bankruptcy by paying the bills but with taxes we dont know....How pitiful!
What we produce milk wise is going down fast as it heats up. We have had nearly 100 degree weather for like 2 weeks now. It was 99 on Sunday according to the weather so it probably was over 100 at some point. Cows cant stand heat like that.
They dont eat and so they dont give milk. They just stand(mostly stand) or lay and pant like dogs.
EDIT Yes there could be some good come from it. My dad could finally get a job that pays more and he would have to work less hours. We are tight on a single income family of 4. With that extra time off which he does not have now having to work 7 days a week we could have some more family time and go out every now and then. Plus vacation would be easier as we would not have to worry if we would be called and he would have to go home early if something happened as he has had to do before and then come back the next day.
Edited by cowsgonemadd3, 10 June 2008 - 07:50 PM.