$100 Ideas: Blade Pivots to Push Up Cattle Feed

March 5, 2016 02:29 AM

$200 Double Your Money Winner: Blade Pivots to Push Up Cattle Feed

     Mary Whitcomb
     Williston, Vt.

In our freestall dairy barn, we need to push up feed to the cows several times a day. To push feed to the left and right, we built a pivoting blade from recycled parts. The plate that attaches to our payloader is from a skid steer, and the A-frame is the front drawbar from an old manure spreader. The blade is made from a piece of truck frame with rubber belting, and the spring is from a wheel rake. We pivot the blade by hand and rotate it to the desired position.

Mary and her husband, Oran, run North Williston Cattle Company, a 240-cow Holstein dairy farm that has been in her husband’s family since the Civil War. They also grow corn, soybeans and alfalfa. When their young grandsons start farming they will be the sixth generation on the farm.



Long, Sharp Knife Splits Tile


When making tile connections, it’s almost impossible to cut tile with a regular knife in the bottom of a ditch. I made a knife out of an old disk opener from a planter and welded a handle made from 1¼" square tubing. An alternative to the disk opener could be a 1⁄8"-thick flat iron, ground till it is sharp. To make your connection, stab  the tile in two places and you have a perfect opening for your connecting tee.

Doug Harmon
Scarville, Iowa

Magnets Secure “Wide Load” Sign on Trailer


When hauling our sprayer, we have to display wide load signs on the front and back of the trailer. On the front, we use a cloth sign wrapped around the bumper. On the back, we use a sign made out of plywood. To keep the wind from destroying the plywood sign, we welded hinges on the trailer frame and bolted them to the sign. The hinges allow the sign to be lowered when loading/unloading the sprayer. To keep the sign up, I mounted a short piece of metal post with a magnet on it. I added another piece of metal to the sign in the correct position, so when the sign is raised it attaches itself to the magnet on the post.

Don Smith
Scott City, Kan

How to Enter

  • Email: $100-Ideas@farmjournal.com
  • Online: www.AgWeb.com/ideas
  • Mail: Farm Journal $100 Ideas P.O. Box 1188 Johnston, IA 50131-9421

Submit your unpublished idea with a description, photo or sketch, address and phone number.

What You Win

  • All winners receive a hat, check and die-cast metal replica (1⁄16th scale) John Deere 8370R tractor, part of the collector’s edition Prestige line from Ertl, and are featured in Farm Journal and on AgWeb. 
  • The Double Your Money winner receives $200 and is featured on “AgriTalk” radio.
  • All other winners receive $100. 



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