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Self-Propelled Liquid and Dry Electric Feed Cart
"It makes feeding our calves a quick, easy job," say workers at Maxon Dixon Farms, Gettysburg, Penn., who built a 3-wheeled self-propelled "liquid and dry" electric feed cart. They use it to feed 150 calves inside two 300-ft. long open-front calf sheds.
The cart is equipped with a 600-lb. capacity dry wooden feed box and an 85-gal. stainless steel barrel to hold colustrum. The operator stands on a platform at the rear of the cart as he drives down a 10-ft. wide alley alongside the calf pens. A bucket is used to scoop dry feed out of the 4-ft. wide, 3-ft. long, and 2-ft. high box. Feed is dropped into buckets mounted on rails alongside the alley. A 25-ft. long
plastic milk hose is equipped with a gas nozzle to pump colustrum from the barrel into 12-quart buckets which are then placed inside brackets welded onto the rails.
The cart, which eliminates the need to make two separate trips and feeds 150 calves in only an hour, is powered by a 24-volt electric motor that drives a hydro-static pump coupled to a Volkswagen car transmission. The cart's rear axle and tires were also salvaged from the Volkswagen. Angle iron was used to build the cart's frame and a steel plate was bolted to it to mount the milk tank. A small box next to the steering lever is used to carry supplies, and front and rear-mounted steel platforms are used to carry buckets.
The colustrum is soured for 3 weeks and refrigerated to keep it from getting rancid. A 12-volt pump powered by a pair of batteries mounted on the side of the cart is used to pump out the milk.
The cart cost $4,500 to build.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mason Dixon Farms, 1800 Mason Dixon Road, Gettysburg, Penn. 17325 (ph 717 334-4056).


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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #6