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Rotittt nirt so wo* ** fannora report uoto»yoor»old- 01* oMtoiNf. 0*0*0.1 FuN ••Moritnccootint oosslolo by oiclvcivo Sooyowr HOG "You can't afford to break your back taking care of hogs any more—that's why I'm putting in this new equipment." In traveling around the midwest you hear this comment time and again. And it's usually being made by farmers who are in the hog business to stay. The day of handling sacks of feed and other materials by hand disappeared long ago for many of them. Why put in all this equipment? The first reason many farmers give is that it takes a lot of drudgery out of doing the chores. But the most important reason is that it permits one man to care for more hogs. Many farmers have had a full-time job farming 200 acres of cropland and farrowing 12 to 15 sows twice a year. Now those farmers using newer methods are able to farrow and grow out 1,000 or more market hogs a year and still take care of 200 acres of cropland, largely by themselves. Good-sized labor savings can be made with really very little added investment. Imagination and foresight often can save you a lot of money in reducing your time needs in taking care of hogs. Take Earl Weber as an example. This northwestern Ohio farmer took stock of his existing facilities and built in a unique setup for feeding his hogs on concrete (see photos). Now he feeds his hogs in just a few seconds without moving a single pound of feed by hand. You don't have to keep your hogs in confinement to work in labor-saving ideas and methods. Some farmers using free choice feeding on pasture let the hogs do most of the work. They crib their corn right in the fields where it will be fed. Cribs are set up so hogs can self-feed from them so there is very little corn that must be moved by hand. TJhe only feed that must be handled is protein supplement. For farmers using complete mixed rations, whether on pasture or drylot, self- unloading wagons can be a big help. But to make one of these an economical investment you'll need to handle a sizable volume of feed. If you're feeding a few hundred head of cattle, phis 1,000 or so head of hogs a year, self-unloading wagons can be an economical way to distribute feed into bunks and feeders. Many fanners having their feed ground and mixed at the local elevator find it's cheaper for them to have the elevator haul the mixed feed to the farm and place it directly into the feeders. This can be the case even if you have a truck of your own. "I can't afford to spend a half day every week at the elevator just waiting for my feed to be ground," they say. Augers are probably the most economical way to mechanically move feed to hogs being fed in confinement. Many hog growers have installed auger tubes above standard feeders at a very reasonable cost. If your old feeders are worn out, you may want to consider some of the newer feeders that have augers built into the unit. Some fann- ers are also considering controlled feed intake. This can easily be done automatically by using time clocks, but you'll need to calibrate the feeding interval and auger operating time closely to make sure feeding rate is the same as that which is intended. Feed handling isn't the only place in the hog operation you can save time and labor. Manure handling in confinement, supplying — — yp i •• WBB^HB»••••*••*} >^m»mfmn water to hogs on pasture and dividing .-», into most desirable weight groups for marketing all can take a lot of time unless you use your imagination in simplifying your operation. Labor saving ideas wiO be of most value in caring for growing-finishing hogs and bteeding stock. Get started on these changes now so youll be ready before this fall and winter. This will give you more time to devote to farrowing and care of baby pigs. Extra time and management spent in the farrowing house can pay off handsomely. An extra hour spent in the farrowing house may be worth ten times what it is in caring for growing-finishing hogs. The locol elevator auger* feed right into the overhead bins on the Earl Weber farm in northwestern Ohio. Weber find* this save* him a lot of time and lot* him ^^J^ 0 **!"* 01 ! *** H«t mutt be taken care of right on the farm. In mil setup Weber doesn't hove to handle a single pound of feed.
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