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They Make Their Own Concrete Fence Panels
Weary of constantly having to repair the wooden fences around their feedlot, Harvey Lorton of Greenfield, Ill., and his sons decided to make permanent concrete fence panels as well as a number of self-standing, portable concrete panels that allow the Lortons to quickly split their feedlot in two to separate groups of animals.
The 4-in. thick portable panels stand 4 ft. high. The Lortons made three 8-ft. long panels which they use to divide their feedlot and two 10-ft. long ones that they place at one end of their bunker silo. Each panel stands on a 3-ft. wide concrete "foot". Pairs of steel loops on top of the panels allow them to be picked up and moved anywhere with a front-end loader.
"The self-standing portable panels eliminate the need for a gate," says Lorton. "When-ever we divide the feedlot we put cows and calves on one side of the fence and fat cattle on the other side. We offset one of the panels slightly to create an opening just wide enough for a person to squeeze through, but not an animal. It lets us access a creep feeder that we keep on the cow-calf side of the fence.
"The key to making the portable panels is to make sure that the rebar in the upright panel is well secured to the 3-ft. wide horizontal æfoot' so that the upright panel doesn't pull out of the foot when the panel is raised from three pens access to this waterer. off the ground. We found that the solution is to weld the rebars in both sections together before pouring the concrete.
"It cost about $1 per sq. foot to make the poured concrete permanent fence which is actually less than it costs to build and maintain a conventional wooden fence. They re-ally work nice for loading manure because you can push the manure right up against them, making it easy to load. They also keep the wind away from the cattle. We bolted a 36-in. high strip of tin roofing on top of the fence on the west side of the feedlot to further break the wind."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Harvey Lorton, RR, Greenfield, Ill. 62044 (ph 217 368-2168).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #4