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"Pinwheel" Pen Made Out Of Hog Panels
David Schmude and his wife Emily wanted to feed their baby goats without wasting hay. So the Tigerton, Wis., farmers designed a “pinwheel-style” pen that they made out of hog panels.
  “It gives me 4 small pens with a single 2-ft. sq. hay feeder in the middle, which the animals in all 4 pens can eat out of. It was inexpensive to set up, and there’s very little waste. Best of all, it eliminates the need to feed hay in each pen,” says David.
  All 4 pens measure 4 ft. wide by 6 ft. long. The way the pens are arranged around the feeder, the entire setup measures 10 ft. square. To build the system he starts with four 16-ft. long hog panels and cuts 6 ft. off each one. Then he uses the four 6-ft. long pieces that are left to make the 4 by 6-ft. pens, with a 2-ft. sq. feeder in the middle. The 10-ft. sections go around the outside. He uses string or wire to connect the pens together.
  The panels are 3 ft. high. David simply throws bale slices over the panels and into the feeder. “I can load hay in from any side without having to throw it more than 4 ft.,” he says.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, David Schmude, N3522 Oxyoke Rd., Tigerton, Wis. 54486 (ph 715 535-2469; cell 715 881-1771).

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #5