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Mineral Tub

For years, we’ve been using a 3 compartment mineral tub.  In mine, i use YPS free salt, Thorvin Kelp, and Agri-Dynamic‘s Grazier’s Essential in the 1:2 ratio (Ca-Ph).*  All free choice.

Although the mineral tubs empty are not super heavy, they are bulky and awkward to lift and load and if there is any product still inside, it’s virtually impossible for me to load it.  So, years ago, i came up with a way to move it without lifting it instead by dragging.  After about 3 years, i’ve given up with the first method i invented because it kept failing about once a year and i’d need to rebuild it, so, i came up with a new plan.  Simpler and easier to replace or repair should the need arise.

  • i purchase the salt from ……, the kelp from Welter Seed & Honey, and the Calcium-Phosphorus mix from Agri-Dynamics north Missouri representative Shan Christopher
  • MISSOURI DEALERS/DISTRIBUTORS

    Rafter C. Ranch, Distributor

    Shan Christopher1441 SE Hwy 116

    Polo, MO 64671

    816-519-8512

    sjdchris@greenhills.net

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I cut a flat piece of old plastic  from a trashed calf feeding trough.  the flat piece is slightly larger in diameter than the mineral tub so that i can bolt it through the sidewall of the tub onto the plastic.  i cut old baling belts for the straps and use carriage head bolts so it will pull smoothly.
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I still use a short chain with a large ring at one end and a heavy duty carabiner clip on the other for quick hookup.
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Bolt old pieces of baler belts from the mineral tub to the plastic drag.

Mineral tub kelp

Mineral tub with salt

Mineral tub with Phosphorus

Corn Meal Experiment

 

I purchased this open pollinated corn seed from Welter’s Seed with the intent of actually planting it and harvesting a large crop.  However, the reality is, i don’t have a corn planter and no one to plant a small plot, so now to find a use for these seeds.  I decided we needed to eat them.

Reid Yellow Dent Open Pollinated Corn
Reid Yellow Dent Open Pollinated Corn
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It’s just ridiculous some of the things i try.  Here you can see i have to pregrind the corn because i only have a flour mill.  The corn seeds are  much too large to go through the mill.  So, into the Ninja Magic Bullet first, then to the grinder.  I set the mill on fine, so i’ve ended up with more like corn flour instead of corn meal.  
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Pre Ground corn seeds into my flour mill.  As you can see, the corn won’t flow and bridges as it enters the grinding.  So, i had to stay by to keep it poked down.  This was a long and slow process.