Moving a Protein Tub

These supplemental protein/energy tubs for cattle are 200 lbs!  Obviously, i can’t pick it up to move as i shift cattle to new paddocks.  Here’s my solution using stuff found around the farm.

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Even half eaten, it will weigh over 100 lbs.  Although i can tip it on the side and roll it onto the sled, I found that i can just leave the sled under the tub; the cattle don’t tear it up.  I just hook on and move.  The black plastic is old plastic from a destroyed bunk feeder, the white pipe is actually the G2 plastic post from Powerflex Fence which i cut to length.  
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Full, these weigh 200 lbs.  Leaving the sled under the tub means just hooking on and going.  No more tipping, lifting, rolling, and handling in general.  The older i get, the more important this is.  In fact, i design my work around my bad back, hips, shoulder.
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When done,  very lightweight for easy pick up and storage.

 

3 thoughts on “Moving a Protein Tub”

    1. If only i’d been more careful when younger! eventually, i shouldn’t need a protein tub as my depleted soils and poor grasses improve – it’s been 10 years, but my the nutritional value has increased considerably. More than likely, however, i’ll do all this improvements on soil, then when i die, the land will sell to a foreigner or out of stater and be ploughed up – washing away once again. (that is happening constantly around here for over 10 years now – local farmers can’t afford to buy whereas outside investors, looking for a place to park excess money drive up land prices). Oh well, we do the best we can while we have the chance, don’t we?

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      1. Yeah, same here. We’ve lost a lot of farmland around here to big solar farms recently. They say after 30 years you can rip up the panels and it can be reconverted to farmland, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

        We’ve had a few farmers put their land in conservation easements with land trusts, which more or less guarantees their farm will remain farmland as long as our legal system exists. But like you said, most big farms now operate on mostly rented land because they can’t afford to buy, and most non-farming landowners aren’t going to think twice about selling out to the highest bidder.

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