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Oct. 10 2017
We made this bucket carrier to easily transport our calf feeding pails to our calf hutches. The carrier holds 24, 2-gallon pails and six, 5-gallon pails. It can also hold 18 bottles between the pails
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Sept. 25 2017
We came up with a new way to clean water tanks. We put an old propane tank on a buggy to hold the water. We attached a used surge vacuum pump that is run by a Honda motor. The pump builds up vacuum in
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Sept. 1 2017
Some days, we have multiple fresh cows. Since we want all the calves to receive colostrum from their own dam, we needed an easy way for the calf feeder to know which milk came from what cow
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Aug. 25 2017
In the area of our barn where we keep bull calves, the bottles hang on the wall in a milk crate. With this setup, the nipples often fall off or get thrown in the wash basin. My simple, inexpensi
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Aug. 10 2017
We’ve had issues with birds building nests above our door opener in our barn. We filled it with spray foam insulation, and now we don’t have any more bird nest issues. Scott Drooger
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July 15 2017
Calves are fed pasteurized milk and starter in pails at Vir-Clar Farm in Fond du Lac, Wis. The Boyke family keeps their calf pails securely in place by using field drain tile. Each piece of drai
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June 26 2017
To make feeding grain easier, we put a 3-inch auger into the skid loader bucket with a hydraulic motor. Now we can drive into a pile of corn, fill up the bucket, and drive along by the bun
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June 15 2017
On the hottest days of the summer, it can get warm inside the cab even with the air conditioner running. In order to alleviate this situation, I added some window tint and an extra fan
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May 25 2017
To provide water access in our pasture, we mounted an old cast iron bathtub on skids fitted with a MiraFount valve. Water is supplied by a 1-inch buried line, and the tub is moved through the pasture
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May 10 2017
We were shopping around for aftermarket tractor mirrors but were not impressed by the price or small size. Instead, we picked up two combine mirrors for $10 at a salvage yard