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“Hog Panel” Livestock Hauler
With small livestock on a small hobby farm, Doug Darnowski didn’t want to spend a lot of money for a big trailer for the occasional times he needs to haul animals. So he came up with a confinement system made with a folded hog panel secured with U-bolts to a 5 by 8-ft. mesh floored trailer.
  “The two ends of the panel are also secured with U-bolts,” he adds. “We’ve used this to move animals a mile down the road or up to 1 1/4 hrs. away. You might lose a few U-bolts on a back road with a longer trip, but we just put a few extra on and have never had a problem.”
  He uses a couple of different materials for a “roof”.
  For active animals such as goats that jump, he uses a rope to secure a woven-wire fence top. The animals can also be tied in place on a lead.
  “I bend the cut ends of the wire away from where the animals are,” Darnowski notes.
  For animals such as pigs, that don’t jump around, a tarp secured with rope or tie downs works well for a top.
  With U-bolts the temporary pen sets up and dismantles easily.
  “It can hold six or eight young feeder pigs, two or three medium-sized pigs/mature potbellies or two or three Nubian goats,” Darnowski says.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Doug Darnowski, IUS, 4201 Grant Line Rd., New Albany, Ind. 47150 (ph 812 972-8590; Ddarnowski2@yahoo.com).

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2016 - Volume #40, Issue #2