2021 - Volume #BFS, Issue #21, Page #34
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Portable Mineral Feeder Pulls Behind Water Tank
Jeremy Stilson didn’t like the waste associated with conventional tub-type mineral feeders. So the Morley, Mich., farmer built a portable mineral feeder covered by a pitched rubber “roof” that cattle can push out of the way from either the front or back. He pulls the feeder behind a home-built water wagon that lets his herd keep grazing instead of walking home for water (Vol. 43, No. 2).
The 4 by 6-ft. wooden feeder mounts on top of an old trailer axle and consists of a box built from treated 2 by 6’s and 2 by 12’s. The box is supported by a frame made out of 4-in. channel iron and holds 2 rows of mineral blocks, one on front and one on back, with 8 blocks per row weighing a total of 800 lbs. The roof was made from a 4 by 6-ft. rubber mat designed for horse stalls and livestock trailers.
“The 2 rows of blocks are separated by a 2 by 12 divider, which gives the rubber mat roof its peak,” says Stilson. “The center part of the mat is screwed down to the 2 by 12 divider, so cows can lift the mat up from both sides.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jeremy Stilson, 21847 Four Mile Rd., Morley, Mich. 49336 (ph 231 414-4978; stilsonfarms@gmail.com).

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