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Depth of feed barrier for Weanlings

  • 28-12-2022 8:25pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,350 ✭✭✭

    I have a few small bucket fed weanlings that keep getting through the feeding barriers, someone told me to weld a bar the length of the barrier to reduce the depth of the barrier. What would be an ideal depth from the top of the new welded bar to the bottom?


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,605 ✭✭✭893bet

    I seen a lad using ratchet and straps for this issue. Pulled tight and in/out every second bar. Works well and easy remove.

  • Registered Users Posts: 827 ✭✭✭dohc turbo2

    I bolted on a length of galvanised pipe on my barrier,worked a treat, dry cows in there now, just unbolted and stored away ,

  • Registered Users Posts: 988 ✭✭✭minerleague

    The top of their necks should be just free of the bar you put in, you could weld small bits of pipe a little bigger than bar to the diagonal feed barrier for something stronger than tying but still easy to remove

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,088 ✭✭✭Good loser

    I read about that on boards. Did it in one pen with smallest stock. Simple and worked a treat.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,907 ✭✭✭✭Bass Reeves

    I bought a very light 20' aluminium ladder at an auction 10-12 years ago you could not use it as a ladders it was too light. I used it a few time to prevent bucket fed weanlings for leaving pens. I used to tie it on with a rope.

    As minerleague posted just abo e necks. While weld can be easy to remove it will rust those bars you attach it to on the barrier over time.

    U-bolts would work, ratchet straps would a good idea. Saw a lad tie on a 9x6 piece of timber but if there is ringworm you would want to burn it at the end of the winter

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,524 ✭✭✭mr.stonewall

    2 or 3 Scaffolding clamps and a length of tubing. Quick easy and strong. Shame to have a rachet strap in ribbons after cattle

  • Registered Users Posts: 52 ✭✭JoeCasey

    We also use scaffold clamps and pipe. Set it to any height or remove it altogether.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,350 ✭✭✭Tomjim

    15 foot pen, what would the cost be here

    Also would the calves destroy the strap when it would be up? ie would they start biting and chewing it

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