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ATV Cattle Guard
Forget about opening and closing gates to check calves with an ATV. Just build an up-and-over cattle guard like Donald Clements and set it up at calving time.
"I opened and closed gates four or five times a day for years, and then late one day when I was worn out, the idea came to me," says Clements. "I built a portable cattle guard just big enough for a four-wheeler."
Clements fabricated the portable cattle guard from 4-in. oil pipes for the main frame and 1-in. oil field sucker rods for cross rails and braces. The full unit is 16 ft. long and 5 ft. wide. The larger diameter oil pipes bridge in the center 25 in. above the ground. Two long sucker rods run from near one end of each long pipe to the other end for added support. Crossing sucker rods are welded in place at 8-in. intervals.
"The recycled pipes and rods cost only $28, and the whole thing took less than five hours to build. It will save countless hours of opening and closing gates, not to mention getting the occasional cow that got out," says Clements. "Not only does it speed up the work, but checking a cow one more time is now no problem."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Donald Clements, 1877 St. Rt. 359, Morganfield, Ky. 42437 (ph 270 389-0527; clem2245@bellsouth.net).

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2010 - Volume #34, Issue #2