1988 - Volume #12, Issue #5, Page #11[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Pen Cleaning ChainA 9-ft. chain helps keep pig pens clean for Carol Stevens, Fordyce, Neb., who took first place honors for her invention. The chain is welded to a 4 by 4-in. steel plate that's anchored in the center of a concrete finishing pen As pigs root at the 3/8-in. dia. chain, the back and forth movement provides a sweeping action to "sweep" manure into a flush gutter on the south side of the pen.
The 4 by 4-in. steel plate the chain is attached to is centered between the feeder and the back wall of the pen and between dividers. To install the plate, Stevens drilled two holes in the floor and the plate, using two 3-in. lag bolts to secure the plate to the floor. A high-tensile strength chain is not needed, but the heavier the chain the better, she adds.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Carol Stevens, Box 29, Fordyce, Neb. 68736 (ph 402 357-3710).
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