2023 - Volume #47, Issue #1, Page #38[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Self-Agitating Cattle Oiler Needs No Power Source
“The Escoba cattle oiler, named after the Spanish word for broom, doesn’t require any power,” says Sandoval. “It just sits in the pasture and is self-applicating. Cattle rub on it causing it to agitate as they scratch. This agitation moves the liquid in the tank around and it kicks off oil which runs down through the brushes and lands on the animals.”
The oiler side frame supports are 2-in. piping with the upper crossbar 2 1/2 in. Skid pipes are capped for easy transport around a pasture or pen. The floating poly tank can be set at three convenient levels to work on anything from small calves to large bulls. Its full weight adds enough downward pressure for excellent application of insecticide to an animal’s hide.
“Cattle can safely push them around,” Sandoval says. “I build them as heavy as I can to make them portable, plus sturdy enough they won’t get overturned.”
Small holes are drilled into the top of the tank providing an outlet for the insecticide. As livestock agitate the oiler, liquid runs down the side of the tank and into the specially designed, chemically resistant, upper horizontal and vertical side brushes.
“The oiler doesn’t do anything until the animals rub on it and start moving it around,” Sandoval says. “Farmers just need to keep the tank relatively full. It will still kick out oil when it’s 1/4 full and the holes are small enough it won’t waste product.”
The Escoba cattle oilers are manufactured in Sioux Falls, S.D., and are available anywhere in North America.
Units come complete with a hardware kit and sell for $1,175 plus S&H. A weld-on side gusset plate for added support and strength is optional.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Chris Sandoval, Cassidy Sandoval, Escoba KC Ranch, 1461 Road 26, Hugoton, Kan. 67951 (ph 620-544-1502 or 620-453-0320; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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