$100 Ideas

January 5, 2011 05:27 AM

Grease Crayon Extender

We use grease crayons on our dairy farm to mark cows for heat detection, hoof trimming and more. The problem is that the crayons melt easily when we’ve held them for a long time. We ended up throwing away a lot of half-used crayons because they’re too hard to hold onto. We solved this problem by slipping a hose end over the crayon. It’s an easy, inexpensive handle that extends the life of the grease crayon.

Mary Whitcomb
Williston, Vt.
grease crayon

Feed Bucket Basket

I feed seven groups of cattle using 5-gal. buckets to supplement hay. Instead of hauling the buckets in the back of my truck, I built a rack that fits on the bale fork attachment for my tractor. Using 1"x2" steel tubing and livestock panels, I framed the rack to be large enough to fit six buckets, or 12 buckets stacked on top of one another. Two tips: the basket should not be as wide as your tractor and it needs a brace in the center for support.

Vic Stratman
Argyle, Mo.
bucket basket

Double your money $200: Grain Bin Auger Caddy

Moving the auger between grain bins is now a one-person job. I built a cart that measures 3' long, 8" wide and 18" tall. For the frame, I used lightweight rectangular steel tubing. The wheels were salvaged from an old wheelbarrow. When I pull the auger out of a bin, it rests in the cradle and I can easily wheel it over to the next bin. The cradle keeps the auger steady and straight for easy insertion into the next grain bin.

Darle Baker
Ohio City, Ohio
auger caddy
It took only a few hours to design and build an auger cart that allows Darle Baker to move an auger between bins without assistance. He reports that it also reduces the risk of straining his back. Baker raises corn, soybeans and wheat in western Ohio.

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