Apples are good food but our trees don’t, yet, produce enough to have them year round for our pigs. We sometimes get apple pomace from a local cider mill. Rickie at the cider press loads the crate into the back of Holly’s delivery van while she’s on other errands. Thus she gets to back haul making efficient use of her time and gas.
When Holly gets home we fork the crates out of the van for feeding to the various groups of pigs. Shoveling is slow. Tipping is awkward and can damage the crates.
Last year Will and I setup one of our crates as a dump crate which is held onto the tractor with a strap and dumps out the front flap. A rope lets the tractor operator pop the latch for dumping. By having the crate dump through the front wall it dumps completely. This is the Mark II version which Will built a few weeks ago. Today he build the Mark III. With each revision it gets better. The blue plastic is one more example of how we use 65 gallon food grade drums. We’re thinking stainless steel someday…
Outdoors: 76°F/64°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 68°F/64°F
Daily Spark: As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind – every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder. -John Glenn