1989 - Volume #13, Issue #4, Page #23[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Drip Cool System For Hog HouseWhen Lee Weber lost 10 sows to last year's heat wave he decided he had to come up with a cooling system for his hog house. The problem was that he didn't want to spend $1,500 to $2,000 on a commercial system. That's when he decided to make his own "drip cool" system using ordinary garden hose, according to the Wisconsin State Farmer.
Weber, along with one other full-time herdsman, manages 350 sows and 40 boars for Bell Brook Farms near Brooklyn, Wis. He says it took just 4 hrs. to set up the complete sprinkling system.
Weber bought 450 ft. of garden hose and a package of 1-in. long 20-ga. hypodermic-type needles. He hung the garden hose about 3 ft, above the sows and stuck the needles in the hose directly above each animal so water drips onto their heads between the ears. He leaves the needles in the hose.
"If I turn the water on real slow, it just drips out. If I turn it up a bit, it sprays out in a mist," says Weber, noting that the needles stay in place in the hose without using anything to hold them.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Lee Weber, Bell Brook Farms, Rt. 2, Box 105, Brooklyn, Wis. 53521 (ph 608 455-1717).
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