2017 - Volume #41, Issue #4, Page #38[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Bucket Spreads Manure, Litter
“The ultimate spreader” was designed and built by Ferman Yoder in Middlebury, Ind., initially for Amish farmers.
“There are a lot of small farmers who have a few animals and typically pile the manure up for a long time, then rent equipment to spread it,” says Yoder. “Now, communities or individuals can purchase the skid steer attachment and share it.”
Yoder designed the 6-ft. MAC Bucket with a beater bar and 8-in. gap in the back of the bucket.
“It tips back more than a regular bucket. There’s more of an angle on the quick- attach. Once it starts going it chews the manure up. It spreads thicker than a regular manure spreader,” Yoder says.
He emphasizes that though the bucket is heavy-duty, it is not designed for pushing out stumps or hauling dirt or rocks.
However, the spreading design works well for spreading mulch on gardens or sawdust in poultry facilities. Yoder builds and sells a deeper 7-ft. bucket with an aluminum strip that fits over the gap and can be cut and adjusted to spread the right depth of sawdust.
The MAC Bucket sells for $1,900 and is available through Yoder and a few dealers in northern Indiana.
One of them is Lonnie Borkholder, owner of Midwest Farm & Pet in Bremen, Ind. (ph 574 646-2509).
“It’s quality built,” he says. “It’s good for small hobby farmers who have livestock and don’t own a big tractor and manure spreader. I’m willing to let people try it before purchasing it.”
Yoder notes that he will check into shipping costs if anyone outside the area is interested in purchasing a MAC Bucket. He also welcomes inquiries from dealers interested in selling the MAC Bucket.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ferman Yoder, Middlebury Auction Co., 12142 Co. Rd. 24, Middlebury, Ind. 46540 (ph 574 825-0407) or Midwest Farm & Pet, LLC, 535 5B Rd., Bremen, Ind. 46506 (ph 574 646-2509).
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