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This is kind of an update thread to one started earlier. We have been cutting a stand of fir that is infested with wooly aphid. It attacks the buds of the tree, killing it from the top down. This stand of fir only has a few years left before all that is left is dead stubs (widow makers), so we are harvesting anything that will make 1 block of pulp. Any smaller trees taller than your knee are also being cut because they will carry the infestation, and continue the problem. This is not how we usually operate, but is the best solution to a bad situation.
We use a 384 IH farm tractor with a Farmi logging winch to get the trees out of the woods.

A picture of the tractor and winch from last winter.

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A view from the tractor as I'm pulling in trees.

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We don't spend a long day in the woods as there are cows to look after, and tractor parts calls to look after too. We generally get to the wood lot around 10, and head home around 3:30 (20 minute drive each way)

This is about 3 days work.
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This pile of trees made around 11 cords of 9' studwood, and 3 1/2 cords of 4' pulp. The load of stud wood sold by weight and weighed in at 18 tonnes (metric, 1.1 standard tons)

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Nope, no log cabins for me!! That is now all cut up into 9' and 4' lenghths. The 9' is at the saw mill, and likely already studs and chips!!
 
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