1992 - Volume #16, Issue #5, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
School bus hog hauler"We converted a 1977 International Load-star 1800 school bus into a low-cost hog hauler. It's a lot easier to drive than a semi-truck," says Paul Beskau, Hastings, Minn.
Norbert Sieben, an employee, puts about 3,000 miles a month on the bus just hauling hogs to market.
"I can haul up to 65 market weight hogs," says Beskau. "A gate that swings forward or backward divides the bus into two pens to keep hogs from fighting and crowding."
To keep hogs cool in summer, Beskau attached a sprinkler system to the ceiling of the bus and put a 15-gal. water tank and 12-volt pump behind the driver's seat. A divider made out of plywood and insulated with urethane foam seals the driver off from the hogs.
He left one passenger seat at the front of the bus for riders and painted the outside of the bus red. The rear emergency door was replaced by a plywood endgate. A railroad tie bumper protects the bus when backing up to chutes. Angled wood panels mounted across the rear corners of the bus keep hogs moving during unloading.
Beskau made a second school bus hog hauler that's used to haul feeder pigs back and forth between farms scattered several miles apart. It can haul up to 125 feeder pigs. Total cost for converting each bus was $5,000 to $5,500, including the cost of the bus.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Paul Beskau, 18404 Hogan Ave., Hastings, Minn. 55033 ph 612 437-3627).
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