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Here are a few Handy Hints from fellow readers.

June 9 2014
Handy Hint: June 2014 Quick and easy calf ID When our primary calf feeder had time off, we sometimes got behind on tagging calves. We came to the solution of using plastic tags and dry erase markers that...
May 15 2014
Handy Hint: May 25, 2014 Creative solution for a small commodity bay We have a commodity bay on the farm that is too small for a truck to dump into. To solve this problem, we mounted a used cyclone from...
May 1 2014
Handy Hint: May 10, 2014 Jig moves combine headers I needed a way to move combine headers to work on them or put them away for storage without always starting the combine. I made this simple jig from scrap...
April 17 2014
Handy Hint: April 25, 2014 Hydraulic hose more durable for parlor We were going through two or three conventional rubber hoses a year in our parlor. They just didn't hold up to being drug around on the...
March 21 2014
Handy Hint: March 25, 2014 Belt keeps knives out of pockets and within reach After ruining several pairs of overalls during hoof trimming by placing my knives into the pockets, I finally came up with a...
Feb. 26 2014
Handy Hint: March 10, 2014 Barrel gives float protection Our cattle were constantly licking the bottom of our float and getting it out of socket, letting the water free flow and making a big mess. To prevent...
Feb. 19 2014
Handy Hint: February 25, 2014 Great replacement for shoelaces My shoelaces always break due to extreme conditions around the farm, so I use weed whacker replacement string instead
Jan. 29 2014
Handy Hint: February 10, 2014 Wrap works better on teat injury We used to use a teat bandage whenever we had a teat injury of any kind, but we could not get those bandages to stay on. Now we use Co-Flex...
Jan. 16 2014
Here are a few 2013 Handy Hints from fellow readers. Handy Hint January 10 Leg bands track weaning progress Handy Hint January 25 Durable milk room port Handy Hint February 10 Simple pipe protects water...
Jan. 16 2014
Handy Hint: January 25, 2014 55-gallon drum makes packing weight A number of years ago, Larry Baer of Marshallville, Ohio, created this weight to help ensure proper packing density in his corn silage bunker....
Dec. 31 2013
Here are a few 2012 Handy Hints from fellow readers. Handy Hint January 10 Quick-attach feed pusher Handy Hint January 25 No more spilled milk Handy Hint February 10 Improved whey coverage Handy Hint February...
Dec. 31 2013
Handy Hint: January 10, 2014 Gate trains heifers We mounted an 8-foot gate to the main gate on the end of the alley of our freestalls. If fresh heifers don't know how to use the stalls at first, we move...
Dec. 13 2013
Portable plate cooler a hit Two field representatives from Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers invented this portable plate cooler. With quite a few Amish farms in the area having older milking setups,...
Nov. 12 2013
Space-saving palpation rail DeMange Dairy in Versailles, Ohio, needed a place to hold cows to do herd checks, so they built this palpation rail. It folds up and winches to the ceiling when it is not being...
Oct. 22 2013
Retired street sweeper makes great brush Keith Bachelder of Epsom, N.H., attached this old street sweeper head to the wall of his freestall barn. The sweeper cost him nothing, and it works great as
Oct. 8 2013
Simple platform works well With a few pieces of scrap iron and three 2 by 8 boards, we built this platform on the 3-point hitch of our tractor. It can be lowered to the ground and raised up again. We find...
Sept. 24 2013
Shoe rack serves as feed retaining wall Some auger mixers have a tendency to spill over the low front end, so we bolted a double shoe rack to the flat stock of the mixer wall with a washer and locknut....
Aug. 31 2013
Homemade tractor weight Tractor weights can be expensive to purchase and cumbersome to attach. Stuart Meier of Rademacher Dairy in Sun Prairie, Wis., created this tractor weight using a 4,000-pound concrete...
Aug. 19 2013
Fender keeps skid steer cleaner Stuart Meier at Rademacher Dairy in Sun Prairie, Wis., created this fender for the skid steer using a simple piece of steel and some welding. This helps keep the machine
Aug. 6 2013
Dry overalls quietly Do you love your bib overalls but hate the noise of them clanking in the dryer? Here is a way to soften that jarring noise. Place a sock over the two ends, and secure with a rubber...