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The Fram from Morinville, AB
The Fram

Farm Name: The Fram

Year Farm Established: 1986

Years I’ve been farming: 29 years

Animals I raise: No cattle this year but usually have two or three

Crops I grow: a few acres of hay and a big garden

Hobbies I enjoy: I travel too much for hobbies other than wanting more time on the farm

The proudest moment on my farm: Buying the 10 acre hobby farm with barn and all the farm buildings in 1986

Pets: Two geese (for 20 years) Cats and a great Bordie Collie (also passed on)

Farm Motto: The more you can do for yourself the less you depend on others

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  A new milk cow
My wife tells me I am getting a milk cow for Christmas; wow that's a gift that should keep on giving.

I had planned to get one in a couple of years, boy... did that time frame change. So off to the barn to investigate the milking equipment that I acquired when I bought the fram 25 years ago. The vacuum pump was covered in a thick layer of grease, oil, dirt and that stuff birds leave behind when they roost on the vacuum pipe above. A visit to the local delaval supplier was very helpful, leaving with a gauge, oil and some knowledge beyond him saying it sounded as if the pump was older than himself. I have the pump connected to a 1/4hp motor and could only raise 5 inches of mercury on the guage, a far cry from the 15 inches the supplier said I needed. Today I dismantled the pump and took it into the heated shop for a closer inspection. After cleaning all the years of dirt on the outside, I could see the inside was not much better. Drained the crud and filled the oil reservoir with varsol and ran for 15 minutes. Drained, cleaned and recoupled the pump filled with new oil, only to have the guage read 5 inches again. What a disappointment. But I thought it should take more oil than I had put in so added more. Voila... up went the guage. Added more and the guage moved again. Kept adding oil till the guage read 15 inches. The heritage machine has come back to life. I don't know when the pump was last used but it is at least 40 years ago.

Next I tried the milk bucket that I acquired last spring and all seems to work!!!

Now I am cleaning the separator that I bought at an auction for $30.00 a couple of years ago and hope to have it all ready by Friday.
PS I am on the look out for a calf!!

Come visit me, The Fram.

12/19/2010 09:36.15 PM Report This Comment  
  nice barn

Come visit me, Brent & Kim Wessel.

12/09/2010 12:45.11 PM Report This Comment  

Come visit me, The Chicken Ranch, el dorado urban farm & DeVore Ranch.

12/08/2010 05:54.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Good Morning
What a great barn!

Come visit me, Bentwillow Bunnies & Pittsboro Peafowl.

12/07/2010 04:52.53 AM Report This Comment  
Can I have your barn? I didn't think so! Like most everyone here, I love old barns. I also like your motto.

Come visit me, Larkshire Farm.

12/06/2010 07:34.33 AM Report This Comment  


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