2023 - Volume #47, Issue #1, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
“Hump” Raises Wheel Line Over Sheep
To make the hump, he took a half section of a spare wheel and bolted it on the outside of a wheel, so it acts like a cam to let the wheel lift. This gives the wheel about a 9-inch rise so the sheep can fit under comfortably. It takes about 3 or 4 minutes to put the hump onto a wheel, and the sheep can go under it to get into the next paddock, and then it only takes 3 or 4 minutes to take it off again.
This simple method raises the wheel line enough for sheep to go under at that spot. David hasn’t built one that cattle could go under but feels the same principle would work, with a bigger size “hump” for more head height.
“We have a 5-foot wheel line,” David says. “The taller ewes are very reluctant to go underneath it, but with this 9 1/2-in. rise, they go under it with no problem.”
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