This is a grain truck delivering to the Booth Acres Dairy. I took this photo when we went over to watch him deliver. I was curious about how the truck worked. We were at Booth Bros. Dairy to pickup milk for our pigs when he arrived. I’ve seen the grain trucks on the road but never before actually gotten a chance to watch one in operation delivering the grain.
The way it works is the driver opens the top of the feed bin on the side of the barn by pulling on a rope. Then he raises the long hollow boom pipe so that it is over the opening in the feed bin. A screw inside the boom spins driving the grain up the pipe. The grain then falls into the bin. It was much quieter than I expected and not particularly dusty. I had expected there would be more dust thrown out as the feed went in.
The reason I was curious about this was at one point we had considered getting commercial feed delivered for our pigs. We never did go that route and I’m glad for many reasons. Still, it was interesting to get a chance to finally see one of those trucks in operation. Curiosity satiated.
You might notice there is white stuff on the ground. On Tuesday we had a snow storm that dumped 6″ of new snow here. Unfortunately that was the day we were supposed to go to three meetings about the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). When we are getting large amounts of snow and have zero visibility we don’t leave the mountain so we missed all the meetings. I know a lot of other people did too. Spring weather can be full of surprises. Today is Saturday and we still have snow coverage although someone who dropped by today said that the snow is all gone in town.
Note that this coming Tuesday there is a public hearing about Premise ID in Montpelier on March 11th. If you are in Vermont, please come!
Tuesday: 38째F/19째F, Mostly Sunny.