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Meals On Wheels Silage Feeder Made From Old Wagon Gear
Old 4-wheeled wagon gears can be turned into low-cost, giant portable feed bunks that can easily be pulled behind a pickup, says J.T. McAdams, Clayton, New Mexico, who converted a cotton trailer into what he calls his "Meals On Wheels" silage feeder.
The 20-ft. long feeder has an open top for filling and "stanchions" on both sides with steel bar and plywood dividers. It holds about 6,000 lbs. of silage and feeds about 30 head at a time (15 on each side).
"It eliminates a lot of expensive equipment - such as trucks and feed bunks - and is easy to use," says McAdams, who has built three of the feeders. "All I need now is a front-end loader to fill them. I use my pickup to pull them out to my pasture. Works great for feeding corn silage in wheat pasture to control bloat."
McAdams stripped the trailer down to the running gear, then built a 3-ft. wide ply-wood floor on top of a pair of old center pivot irrigation pipes that he welded onto both axles. He used 14-ga. sheet metal to build the upper sides, which flare out at the top, and plywood to build the lower sides where cattle eat. Plywood was also used on the front and rear sides.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, J.T. McAdams, Rt. 1, Box 106, Clayton, New Mexico 88415 (ph 505 374-9545).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #3