I see where some of you have been asking how Steve is getting along. So here goes.
He is in for a long recovery. The Doctors are saying 6-8 months on his left leg. The left arm and right leg should be out of casts in 4-6 more weeks.
The biggest issue right now is his left leg needs to be completely immobilized. So he has a cast from his waist down. They are saying they will change that into a more conventional cast in a few more weeks, they think. It depends on how his upper leg bone keeps healing. The lower leg is where the worst damage was done. They already know his left leg is going to be shorter than his right.
He and Carol are in good spirits. They are thankful he is still with us. Between Carol and their kids they are able to take care of him fine. There is outside nursing help that comes to the house several times each week.
They have started therapy on his right shoulder. When he dislocated it there was some damage but they do not think he will need any surgery for that. He should heal alright just with time.
As far the chores and things. John has the rations all worked out so he can feed one time each day. He is doing that each evening right after he gets home from work. This way the cattle have pretty fresh feed. They have the bunks cleaned up by mid afternoon. So they eat their fill over night and then have feed for the next day. With the weather being cool the feed is still in good shape come morning.
Then on Sat. John catches up on anything else that needs done beyond just the feeding. The Amish come over several times each week and keep the corn silage bay full. They will run the skid steer so several of them pitch the silage down while another hauls it over to the commodity shed.
I went over and had a good visit with Steve and Carol today. His kids had spilled the beans about his Case 1070 having engine issues. I had to politic him a little but we worked out a deal that works for us both. The cost of all the out of pocket stuff just came to a little over $650. So it did not really cost us much other than a days time.
I am going to be keeping all my heifers this year. I have a fair number of my cows that are getting some age on them. I want to have replacements ready if/when I need them. Steve has a pasture he has not been really using much. So after I wean these heifers this coming fall we will put them here at Steve's place. He can feed them in his yards until the spring of 2014 and then move them out to his pasture. I will have a another bull to breed these heifers with by then. This way I don't have the issue of keeping them away from my current bull. There should be 50-60 heifers. So I will buy all the feed and will pay him a little lower than average yardage for taking care of the heifers until they are ready to calve.
This works good for us both. He should be able to do his chores by late this fall. It was one way that I could think of that would let him feel OK about the help we are doing. It is really John that is doing most of it. He and I just think it is pay back for when Steve and Carol helped take care of John and Susie's girl.
Anyway everything seems to be settled down for the moment.
PS> Steve's mother did come up last week and visited him for two days and then went back home. I will not make any other comment on that. LOL You All know what I mean.