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Portable Feed Troughs Hook Together In 200-Ft. "Trains"
Stackable, mobile feedbunks that can be hooked together in "trains" up to 200 ft. long won an award for dairy farmer Ivan Marriott of Matamata, New Zealand.
  Permanently placed feedbunks cause pasture damage and result in lots of mud in winter, says Marriott, who decided to eliminate the problem by making mobile bunks out of steel pipe fitted with long poly bins.
  The bunks had to be narrow to fit through farm gates when pulled behind a tractor or ATV. Marriott devised a system to link them together one after the other. Or they can be stacked on top of each other and hauled on trailers.
  Ten 15-ft. bins are enough to accommodate 100 head. Marriott is looking for a manufacturer. He thinks the portable troughs could be molded as a one-piece plastic unit.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ivan Marriott, 541 Mangatutu Rd., RD3, Matamata, New Zealand (ph 64 7 872 2699).

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2001 - Volume #25, Issue #5