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Cattle Panel Pickup Cage
Robert Hackenberg’s cattle panel cage is a simple solution to the problem of hauling an animal or two in the back of a pickup. He got the idea when transporting two French Alpine goats to another farm to be bred. He searched the internet for cage ideas and found one that required cutting up a 16-ft. wire cattle panel. But once he started working on it, he found an even simpler design.
    He shared the idea in Mother Earth News magazine. “We stood the panel up and formed a U-shape that fit perfectly into the truck bed. It struck me that I could put the goats into the space formed by the U and then pull the two loose ends together,” he wrote.
    His Ford F-150 pickup has stake hole inserts for tiedowns, so he secured the cage to them with rope. After putting the goats inside, he closed the opening with another piece of rope.
    Hackenberg loosely tied up the goats by running their leashes to the outside of the wire and then back inside and snapped the leashes to their collars. Though he expected the goats to lie down, they stood and “watched the countryside” for the entire 40-mile trip.
    The cage stayed secure and worked out well, Hackenberg says.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Robert Hackenberg, 13227 Moscato St., Fishers, Ind. 46037 (ph 317 747-4560; robert4@datasink.com).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #4