Jared Blankenship

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since Feb 10, 2014
Glasgow, KY zone 6b
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We have a “berm house”. I actually insulated under/around the slab and the inside/outside of the walls. Put radiant tubing in the floor am just in case I ever bought a boiler. I’ve heard of people hearing this always and having a hard time regulating the temps because of the huge thermal mass.
3 months ago
I should’ve mentioned that I’ve shown my wife countless pictures of rocket mass heaters, masonry heaters and any other rocket stove that google would show me. And she’s not going for it.

I hadn’t considered an outdoor boiler for a while so I may look into them again. It’s a significant investment for a new one that’s hard for me to make since I spent so much on the geothermal unit. Maybe I can find a used one.

Thank you for the help!
3 months ago
If you have any specific recommendations that would be great.
3 months ago
I’m thinking about replacing my ventless gas logs with a wood burning or pellet insert. It would be for backup and supplemental heat in the main living area to lower the electric bill.

My electric coop sells it for about $.10kw hr. Also, we have a geothermal heat pump. So we can heat pretty cheaply.

Are there any inserts or maybe a freestanding unit that would be efficient enough to actually save some money? I have a Rural King close by that sells 40lbs bags of pellets for $4. Can also cut wood from time to time when neighbors are logging.!

What do I look for in a stove/insert? Does the efficiency rating tell the whole story?
3 months ago

Kris schulenburg wrote:Baking soda is for bloat. Grass hay helps to keep from bloating as well.
I don't know about the selenium other than we live in a low selenium area and feeding kelp and the higher selenium Redmond salt, we have not experienced problems associated with low selenium. Yet anyway.



Kris, I think we spoke at the lambing school at UK several months back. I've still not bought the book but had a couple of quick questions.

How do your minerals compare in price per head to Burkmann/Southern States complete minerals?

How many separate minerals are you feeding in total? I mob graze and am just thinking about a feeder large enough to hold everything and can still be moved easily.  
Thanks everybody! I'm interested in the hoops for economic reasons. I think it would be the quickest, easiest, and most cost efficient method of framing a roof.
Bonnie and Michael, do you know what size you tubing is? I can buy 1 3/8" and 1 5/8" at a local supplier in two different wall thicknesses.
2 years ago
Thanks, Wayne! I bought the ewes from a neighbor for $150 ea and should be able to get that much out of my ewe lambs. So my plan is to but ewes from him and sell my lambs so that I don't have to sell my ram anytime soon. There's a huge buyer and producer about 100 miles from me that supplies several Whole Foods locations. I was going to raise them to his specifications anyway, so I'll probably sell to him. He pays a pretty fair price year-round.

I just have to get my management plan together so that I can streamline the operation a little better.
2 years ago
I'm new to livestock and decided to do something with my land besides bush hog it. I bought 12 Katahdin ewes in the fall and added a ram in January. I have around 10 acres of pasture, so I'd like to add another 15 ewes or so in the next year. Obviously, portable systems are the best for pasture and parasite management. I'd love to have at least one freeze proof waterer to use during the winter when lows can get into the single digits. Also, cool water from one of these will encourage more consumption.

My shed is currently in the southern part of the second picture and this is where I've been rotating my Katahdins this winter. I chose this spot because my Gallagher smart fences will barely reach the corners by the road. Eventually, I'd like to build a 24x36ish barn for winter feeding, hay storage, etc. and also handling facilities. West and north of the house are steep, so the main barn couldn't go there.

I'm new to livestock and don't want to make anything permanent without some advice from you all. Do my proposed sites for the sheds and waterers(three pink boxes) make any sense at all? I've had trouble with only 13 sheep getting the paddocks small enough for them to travel in and out of the shed area because it's so tight. Hopefully, when my numbers go up, it will help to widen the paddocks.

Anyway, if this was your farm how would you arrange waterers, paddocks, main barn, sheds, etc? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
2 years ago
Here's the guy that I've talked to. He has no website and only uses facebook. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005560245229&lst=100004924170118%3A100005560245229%3A1519822119&sk=photos

The smallest building that he can get is 32'wide. a 32x72 or shorter is $2.75 per square foot just for the hoop kit and I provide the lumber for the walls. Larger that is $2.40 per sq ft. 32'x48'=1536'x$2.75 per sqft=$4224. Then I've still got to put it up and provide all of the lumber. Also, the replacement tarps are $.75 per sq ft right now, which is higher than #1 metal.

But his pictures will give you an idea of what I'm looking to build, I just need something closer to 20'x30'. I would like to have a metal roof so that it's pretty much worry free. I've seen it done with cattle panels but it wouldn't be large enough to suit my needs. My simple mind tells me that there's got to be a way of using top rail for hoops and screw the metal off to them.

Wayne-Thank you for the idea. I've seen this type of truss a long time ago and forgotten about them. I'll do some investigating and see what I come up with.  

2 years ago
I have a crazy question. Has anyone ever known of a hoop house being built with a metal roof? I'm looking for cheap square footage for a little hay storage but mainly as a barn for my sheep.1 3/8" fencing top rail is easy to find from local suppliers. Obviously, the hoops would need to be closer together(2' centers maybe?) but I would really love to hear from someone who has done it.

We're in southcentral Kentucky where I've only seen 12" of snow twice in my life. So, when we do get a big snow it wouldn't be a big deal to go out and sweep it off.  
2 years ago