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Low-Cost Cattle "Rub" Made From Big Tire
Big old payloader tires can be used to make low-cost cattle "rubs", says cattleman Marc Lever of Clatskanie, Oregon.
  He placed a 4-ft. high tire between a pair of railroad ties bolted perpendicular to the tire about 3 ft. apart. He uses a loader bucket with forks to move the tire between pastures.
  "It's best to use a tire with good, deep lugs. However, cattle rub not just against the tire lugs, but also against the inside of the tire where the wheel used to be," says Lever. "Smaller animals such as heifers like to rub their neck and head all the way around the hole. The railroad ties keep the tire rigid so the cattle aren't likely to tip it over. I got the idea because cattle were damaging our fence posts and barn walls, sometimes knocking posts over.  
  "I got the tire free from a local tire store. I used an auger bit to drill bolt holes through the tire, which has rubber about 4 in. thick. I used a sledge hammer to drive bolts through the tire. It's best to use galvanized bolts because they won't rust. "
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Marc Lever, 20787 Johns District Rd., Clatskanie, Oregon 97016 (ph 971 404-1625; hollylever@dishmail.net).

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #3