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Feed Bunk Made From Conveyor Belting
Albert Watts turns conveyer belts into feed bunks with a little help from utility poles and railroad ties. The low-cost feed bunks are ideal for Watts’ beef herd, and the price is right.
    “I get conveyer belts discarded from a local mine,” says Watts. “The 36-in. wide pieces work just right.”
    Watts says he has made a number of bunks over the years, adapting them to various fence lines. Each is as long as the utility pole that is available at the time.
    “If the pole is 50 ft., the bunk is as well,” he says.
    All his feed bunks are against a fence. “I tried one in the center of a feedlot once, but it didn’t work as well,” he says.
    If setting the feed bunk along a wire fence, Watts will nail boards to the fence posts and attach one edge of the conveyer belt to it. In the case of one feed bunk that has been in place for 10 years, Watts placed it against a section of wooden plank corral. In that case, he reinforced the corral with treated posts and laid the utility pole in front of it. As in all the feed bunks he has made, he set a line of railroad ties in between the posts and the pole.
    “I attach one side of the belting to the fence, cutting it out around the posts,” says Watts. “I attach the other side to the utility pole. That alone is enough to keep the pole in place.”
    Watts says placing a railroad tie underneath the belt protects the belt from cattle stepping on it. Like the other components, the ties were free.
    “All the materials I used had been thrown away,” he says. “They didn’t cost me anything, but they will last forever.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Albert Watts, Route 1, Box 343D, Delbarton, W. Va. 25670 (ph 304 475-3208).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #4