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May 27 2020
My dad is an avid coffee drinker. We were running low on calf bottle holders, so we came up with an idea to reuse the plastic coffee containers for easier feeding
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May 11 2020
This lift wagon is one of the most convenient pieces of equipment on our farm! Both the fronmaking it super convenient for
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April 27 2020
We ran water pipes into our old barn to fill the livestock drinking tanks. That barn freezes during the winter, so we used this old propane tank as an air supply tank and plumbed it into the water pipe
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April 23 2020
The roll-up that stores the hose we use to wash down our parlor was getting rusty and leaky
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April 10 2020
It is not recommended to write on ear tags when the temperature is below freezing because the ink won’t set. When tagging in cold weather, I turn the heater in my truck to maximum
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March 25 2020
Every time I had to go mend a fence, I first had to pile all my supplies onto my truck or tractor. To get the job done quickly, I came up with the idea of making a fencing wagon
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March 10 2020
I was looking for a better way to store bags of mineral and feed in my feed room so they don’t tip and spill product
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Feb. 25 2020
It is important to push up feed multiple times a day. We built this feed pusher that just slides on to the corner of the feed bucket so that we do not have to change the skid steer bucket every time
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Feb. 10 2020
We made this pressure washer gun to wash the insides of our calf bottles on our bottle trailers. It is made so that three bottles can be washed at a time
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Jan. 25 2020
Backing wagons and carts into tight spots in the shed for storage can be a challenging job. So, I welded a receiver on the bar behind the bucket of my skid steer. Now, I can move trailers with ease