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"Hog Stall" Minimizes Feed Waste
Stanchions work well with dairy cattle, and they can with hogs, too, says Kevin Thompson of Philipsburg, Penn., who reports that his home-built "hog stanchions" have greatly reduced feed waste.
  "Pigs have to enter into the stalls in order to eat, so they're kept separate. There's no pushing or shoving, and they can't jump into the trough so they can't push feed out," says Thompson.
  The 2-stall unit has a feed trough made out of an old 40-gal. hot water tank. He shortened it a bit to the length he needed, then welded sheet metal on the open end to close it up.
  The front side of the trough hangs from a pair of chains. By adjusting the chain links, the trough can be tilted backward at different angles as the hogs grow. "We put hogs in at 35 to 40 lbs. As they get bigger I lower the trough so they can't pull any feed out," says Thompson.
  The back side of the trough is hinged so it can be flipped up out of the way in order to clean out the stall.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kevin Thompson, 248 Thompson St., Philipsburg, Penn. 16866 (ph 814 577-5858)

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2007 - Volume #31, Issue #6