1979 - Volume #3, Issue #1, Page #09[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Old School Bus Used For Hauling HogsTake your hogs to market in a school bus?
Stan Homan, of Fulton, Mich., finds it's cheaper than using a truck.
Homan used to rely on a trucker to haul his hogs to market but found that he didn't have the flexibility to sell on markets paying the best prices. That's when he decided he needed to transport his own.
"I shopped around for a truck and couldn't find anything under $2,000," he says. "So, I bought two old school buses for $200 each. With parts from one, I could keep the other running."
Homan tore out the seats and put in gates to separate the hogs. He can haul about 55 hogs in a load.
All this happened about eight years ago. After a couple years, the first buses wore out. Homan bought another one because the system worked so well. He raises 2,500 hogs a year and still buses them all to market in one of his converted school buses.
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