1998 - Volume #22, Issue #2, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"Slickest Hog Sorter On The Market"
Silver Stream Shelters "Market Master" was designed specifically for use in hoop shelters but is suitable for use in pole barns and steel confinements as well. It's built out of 1 in. sq. tubing and measures 4 ft. wide by 10 ft. long so it easily fits in a pickup bed for transport.
It features a swinging paddle that automatically closes behind the hog once he enters the scale so it's set for the next hog and prevents the first one from backing out. As the hog steps on a weigh pad attached to a scale, swinging gates on the left or right side of the crate open, according to the pig's weight. Market-ready hogs exit into a holding area on the right, while light hogs exit on the left side.
"It's ideal for hoop buildings because most of them already have a retaining wall between the light hog return gate and the bed area or the wall can easily be added," Enns says. "The system automatically sorts 200 hogs in two to three hours with no one present. The sorter has no computer so it doesn't require any electricity and is totally mechanical."
Sells for $4,250 (U.S.).
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Silver Stream Shelters, Box 393, Neche, N. Dak. 58265 (ph 204 327-5565; fax 6625).
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