OK, so this isn't of hubby's equipment in these pics, but hubby found them on Heavy Equipment Forums and was fascinated by them. Apparently this is how they unload coal from railroad coal cars. There were several other pictures in the series between these two positions, but I don't want to take time to post them all. It looks pretty freaky to me. In the forum discussion they were saying that the backhoe is modified specifically to do this type of job.
The sick calves are still holding in there, though we don't know for how long. In one comment C stated as how it seemed they lose all the male calves. In yet another forum on Homesteading Today, they have had discussions about how it is always the male calves that seem to die. Some folks believe that the females are just stronger than the males, some say it depends on the sire and some say it is just the luck of the draw. I dunno. We seem to have them both die equally on us. Which isn't to say we have a high mortality rate, but when they DO die, it doesn't seem to discriminate between the sexes.