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Hog Barn Inventions Make Life Easier
Cliff Derewianka has made life easier around his 60-sow operation with several new inventions that he also builds for sale.
"If I have a problem and can't buy something to solve it, I design the solution
myself," Derewianka says.
• The "Stress Reliever" holds piglets securely for treatment. It consists of a hinged section of pipe coated with 1/2-in. thick foam inside. It mounts on a 30-in. high pipe stand that moves easily on four caster wheels. The head pivots, allowing you to treat either end of the animal without changing positions yourself.
Three models available - one for 3-day to 2-week old pigs, a second for 2 to 3-week old pigs, a third for 3 to 4-week old pigs. Sells for $250, $260, and $270 (Canadian), respectively. Stand sells for $100.
• Floor scraper hooks up to pressure washer. The 40-in. long, 14-lb. scraper features an 8-in. wide serrated blade with stain-less steel edge. Designed to hook up easily to a pressure washer, the back of the blade is shielded to prevent blow-back from water sprayed behind the blade.
"You can take down 4 in. of built-up manure to within 1/2 to 1/4 in. of the concrete in a third to a half the time scraping by hand takes," he says.
Sells for $120.
• Cliff's perfecting a 4-wheel cart with grated floor to keep pigs clean when they're being moved. Constructed of sheet metal, the 36 by 20 by 36-in. high cart has a steel woven wire floor. An electronic scale mounts on top and a tray below the floor catches waste. Sells for $1,000.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Cliff Derewianka, R.R. 1, Waskatenau, Alberta, Canada TOA 3PO (ph/fax 403 358-2498).


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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #4