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Rural Business Based On Old Tires
Tire recycling is at the core of the Double D Family Mat Shop in Park, Kan., a business we’ve featured several times in FARM SHOW (such as cow mats from woven tires, Vol. 36, No. 6). Tractor tire feed bunks, one of the 25-year-old company’s oldest products, continue to be popular with cow/calf operators.
“They are cheaper than other feed bunks, and it’s hard to hurt them,” says Dale Goetz, owner of Double D Mats. Producers place the 6 to 8-ft. dia. tires on the ground and fill them with feed.
The business offers two styles. Steel-belted tires (non-flipped) with the sidewalls removed, which sell for $35. Flipped tires are about $50, depending on size. Double D has equipment to flip bias (nylon) tires to turn the inside of the tire to the outside.
“That makes them about 20 percent deeper so they hold more feed,” Goetz says.
Customers pick up the tire feed bunks at the business, or large orders can be delivered by semi.
Besides the tire feeder, a couple of years ago, Double D started making mineral tubs out of recycled truck tires with a rubber base and flexible rubber cover. Cows quickly figure out how to lift the top rubber flap that protects minerals from precipitation. The feeder sells for $150.
“We keep trying to do new things,” Goetz says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Double D Family Mat Shop, Inc., Dale and Dena Goetz, 6606 E. Road 100 S., Park, Kan. 67751 (ph 888 377-2879; www.ddfamilymats.net).

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