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Pickup Hog Carrier Features Lift-Up Top
He didn't like crawling on his hands and knees inside his pickup topper to coax out stubborn hogs so Lyle Shipley, Esbon, Kan., asked Jim Maguin, a local vo-ag teacher, to build a hog carrier with a lift-up top.
"I wanted a good looking, convenient and lightweight carrier," says Shipley, who raises purebred hogs. "With the lift-up top, I can stand in the truck bed to get hogs out. The cover also keeps hogs from jumping out and holds warm air in during the winter."
The 8-ft. long metal top features two shocks like the ones used on hatchback car doors. Shocks open and hold the cover open. Carrier fastens to truck with four bolts and weighs 300 lbs. It has two swing out rear panel gates made of steel tubing and 2 ft. tall sides made out of hog panels and slanted in to match pickup cab angle. Wooden panels fit over the side panels to keep cold air off hogs in the winter.
Shipley notes that he can haul seven 300-lb. hogs at once and, if needed, can insert a center dividing panel. The carrier top and back panels can be removed for hauling other cargo. Shipley says the carrier cost about $300 for materials to build.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Lyle Shipley, Rt. 1, Esbon, Kan. 66941.

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1986 - Volume #10, Issue #5