Gates That Last
We've had to replace numerous gates through the years because rust got the best of them. To keep a gate out of the corrosive manure and urine, we extend the height of the gate with a 1'-long metal pipe or rebar and a washer that fits snug over the pipe. MIG weld the washer on the pipe high enough to lift the gate out of the muck. Then, insert that extension piece into the bottom of the pipe gate and weld the gate and washer together. Repeat on the other end of the gate.
Keep Feed High and Dry
In my quest to find a way to keep calf feed dry, I discovered an added benefit—portability. The bottom half of the feed wagon is a barge box; the top is a flare box the same size that is flipped and bolted to the barge box. The bolts are placed every foot, and I caulked along the entire seam. Then, I cut out the back of the flare box, made a roof for the wagon and covered the end with tin.
- December 2009