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28 June 2002


This weeks Tip of the Week comes from George Smith, of West Bolton, near Alnwick, Northumberland. His suggestion is prompted by the common problem of quickly fastening farm gates, which more often than not is solved with a length of baler twine.

To make a simple gate fastener for use in cattle handling pens where a gate sometimes needs to be secured in a hurry, Mr Smith welded a short section of angle iron to one of the gates horizontal bars at hand height.

He then welded a short length of chain to the gate, long enough to wrap around the keeping post and cut a slot in the angle iron big enough to drop a link of chain into.

The result is a simple gate fastener which can be opened and shut quickly and overcomes the problem of getting the gate pushed up that last two inches when it has dropped – or getting it closed completely flush to the post when cattle are leaning against it.

Mr Smith says he also uses the system to fasten two gates together – end to end, either in the yard or to split a cattle shed in half.

"The fasteners work just as well in the field (ramblers can just about work it out) and, above all, it is cheap."

Send a brief description of your Tip of the Week to the Machinery Editor, farmers weekly, Quadrant House, the Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS.

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14 June 2002


Have you a tip to share with our readers who could save both time and money? farmers weeklys Machinery desk is offering £50 for each idea we publish.

This weeks Tip of the Week comes from Arthur Tomkinson who farms near Loughborough in Leics.

Fed up with struggling to castrate and ear-tag calves out in the field single handed, he says the task can be made easier by using a tractor mounted mobile pen which can be lowered over the animal.

Mr Tomkinson claims the procedure is feasible because new-born calves are usually more docile in the first few days of life and are unlikely to run off as the tractor approaches.

The pen comprises four gates measuring 2.70m (9ft) long by 1.20m (4ft) wide which can be bought or fabricated and then welded together, he says.

The gates, he points out, need to be stronger than sheep hurdles to withstand any damage from the calfs worrying mother.

Quick-hitch brackets are bolted to the pen to enable it to be quickly attached to a loader and lowered over the calf in the field.

"Once the pen is lowered over the calf, the stockman can carry-out the castration and ear-tagging without the need for extra help," he claims. "The pen also protects the stockman from interference from the calfs mother – and possible injury."

Send a brief description of your Tip of the Week to: Machinery Editor, farmers weekly, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey, SM2 5AS.

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