THAT'S AN IMPROVEMENT

Weigh To Go!

Guesswork doesn’t cut it in modern-day, progressive beef production

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By: Jennifer Showalter

Livestock scales and indicators are more advanced and accurate than ever before. Beyond all of the bells and whistles that are available, the bottom line is that every pound counts whether you are buying, selling, treating, or evaluating cattle.

It doesn’t take much arm twisting for a producer to realize just how valuable a trusty set of scales can be on his or her operation. Robin Starkenburg with Digi-Star reminds ranchers that having an accurate means of weighing cattle is beneficial for all ranchers regardless of the size of their spread. Scales allow producers to measure feed conversion, give proper pharmaceutical dosages based on weight, confirm animal weights prior to breeding, determine weaning weights, select more uniform groups of animals to sell, and evaluate breeding performance for genetic selection. “Regular cattle weighing provides management of your livestock leading to improved profitability,” says Starkenburg.

With scales being such an important tool for cattlemen and there being many options out there, WR wanted to lend a helping hand and highlight a few companies and products that are worthy of checking out. This is what we found:

DIGI-STAR
Digi-Star offers hydraulic chute operators their renowned heavy duty 10,000 and 14,000 lb., 4-point scale systems for hi-traffic cattle processing found on feedlot and large cow/calf operations. The SW46000EID Digital Indicator is an advanced management indicator allowing for both EID and Visual ID input with a customize able display offering easy data collection.

Advanced signal filtering coupled with Digi-Star’s unique Lock-On feature provides stable readings despite restless animal movement. A 14-segment backlit display provides excellent visibility in all environments. Digi-Star’s electronic cables are protected with flexible stainless steel cable guards to resist cable injury. Head over to www.digi-star.com for more information about these and other products.

MOLY MANUFACTURING
The low profile platform scales from Moly Manufacturing easily mount on a SILENCER chute in minutes. By keeping the scales low to the ground, Moly Manufacturing is able to increase the flow of animals in and out of their chutes. Load bars are placed on all four corners of the chute for a more stable and accurate weight device. Each impveoemtn-2bar has a 2,500 lb. capacity for a total capacity of 10,000 lbs. Moly’s simple load bar replacement system makes changing out any single load bar a breeze.

Moly’s modular overhead scale package is designed to operate in three positions with no rocking motion: the scale weighing position, which is adjustable in height; the lifted position for easier cleanout (mechanically locks for safety); and the ground position, or floor position, is used when scale capabilities are not needed.

These overhead scales maximize the life of the scale components by locating the electronic wiring above the chute, away from water and manure, and eliminates the wires being cut or pulled loose. Moly’s overhead package requires only two load cells instead of the usual four and is quick and easy to set up. The overhead scale has a total weighing capacity of 15,000 pounds. Both the platform and overhead scales come equipped with the Avery Weigh-Tronix Model 640 Weight Indicator with RS-232 Serial Port. This indicator is simple, yet accurate and reliable. User-friendly features coupled with a rugged construction makes this indicator ideal for the ranching industry. www.molymfg.com

RICE LAKE WEIGHING SYSTEMS

Rice Lake’s MAS-M mobile group animal scale is ideal for ranchers who need to grab a weight on cattle in remote locations. The patented design consists of a suspended rubberized deck and steel pen sides within a mobile base frame that locks down during transport. The weighing platform remains extremely low-profile during use for easy loading. Legal for trade weighing is provided even when this scale is placed off level by up to four degrees. Rice Lake’s X-Lug flooring provides traction in wet and sloppy conditions. This unique flooring is made of recycled, environmentally friendly products that resists both bacteria and moisture, and will never rot.

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Rice Lake’s Onboard Weigh Center conveniently produces a legal printed transaction ticket while storing head count, total weight, average weight, and shrink records that can be transferred to a home computer by way of a memory stick. An added unique feature of the Onboard Weigh Center shows the total accumulated weight on a truck or trailer before the final weight is captured. A weatherproof enclosure protects the instrumentation and printer making it functional for weighing up cattle anywhere, anytime. Hit up their website at www.ricelake.com.

TRU-TEST
The folks over at Tru-Test have been designing rugged livestock scale systems for over 30 years. Their vast product range includes digital indicators, load bars, load cells, and handheld and stationary EID readers. Tru- Test products are compatible with most third-party cattle management software and RFID products.

i4All Tru-Test indicators feature unique Superdamp™ III technology to record accurate weights quickly, regardless of movement. A stable weight is locked within three to six seconds, while an auto zero function ensures any accumulation of animal dirt or manure is zeroed after each animal leaves the scale. Tru-Test indicators are 100% water and dust proof. They are also available with Bluetooth® technology, as well as a whole list of other features.

Tru-Test load bars are made of aircraft grade aluminum for ultimate resistance to corrosion while the cells are completely enclosed to protect against dirt, moisture, and rodents. Rugged connectors and communication ports add to the durability of Tru-Test systems. They offer free software updates, along with free technical after-sale support from an experienced force. Check ‘em out at www.tru-test.com.

WW PAUL SCALES
Since 1952, Paul Scales has manufactured livestock scales for producers ranging from 500 to 10,000 pound capacities. Now a subsidiary of W-W Livestock Systems, Paul Scales remains a leader in the livestock i5weighing industry. For ranchers who have more than one location to weigh cattle, WW Paul Scales offers the Model 305s 3,000 pound capacity portable livestock scale. This scale is built to last for a lifetime. It comes complete with an adjustable squeeze side holding pen, lift entry gate, and swing gate on the exit end. The 39” by 99” wood floor has pipe floor cleats to reduce slippage. The outside frame is constructed of heavy duty 3/16” formed steel while the inner frame is constructed of 4” 5.4 lb. channel. The floor is made of 2” by 10” lumber. A portable axle kit is permanently mounted to the scale base. The kit includes 15” tires and wheels, and a removable hitch with a 2” ball coupler. This scale can easily be retrofitted with an electronic indicator. WW Paul Scales takes pride in being made in the USA, and providing accuracy, dependability, and durability. Click on www.paulscales.com for more info.

Build Yourself A Little Bitty Backgrounding Lot

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By: Jennifer Showalter

Backgrounding lots vary greatly from one outfit to the next, but regardless of how spiffy one is or is not, the lot needs to be designed to accommodate calves as they transition from the cow to the feedyard. During this time the calves are expected to gain both muscle and bone before going on to be finished. With this in mind, WR thought it would be good idea to take a look at some of the elemental choices out there if you’re seriously thinking about putting up a little, bitty backgrounding lot. This is what we found:

WATER
Like bunk space, waterers need to be sized according to the number of cattle utilizing them. In addition to the size of the tank, water flow and pressure must be taken into account so the water volume is replenished in a timely fashion. Keeping them open in the dead of winter is extremely important for those producers who are used to the thermometer dipping below zero.

MIRACO
Miraco manufactures both energy free and energy efficient waterers. The energy free waterers are designed to keep water from freezing in the winter without the need for electrical hookups, but the biggest advantage is the quality of water provided. The patented roll away balls keep the water clean, cool, and algae free in the summer months. The poly material used in Miraco livestock waterers is impact resistant and will not rot or rust in any way. This poly material, coupled with sloped bottoms, makes cleaning of these waterers a simple task. Go to www.miraco.com for more.

COBETT
Your choice of two sizes of Cobett open drinking area waterers make it easy to decide which one fits best in your new backgrounding lot. These units are made of heavy duty, UV treated, high-quality black polyethylene and don’t require electricity to heat them. There is room inside, however, to hang a low wattage heater in case the temperature dips real low on those cold winter nights. Check out www.cobett.com.

FENCE
A secure fence is a must around any backgrounding lot. The stoutness requirements of the fence will be depicted by the degree of confinement. The more pressure there is on the fence, the stronger it must be. With a variety of wire options out there to fit different needs, an off-set hot wire can be an added form of reinforcement to help keep cattle off the fence regardless of its type. Braces and post spacing will also need to be considered depending on how much pressure is behind the fence.

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Stay-Tuff’s 949-6-330 and 1348-12- 330 would both be an excellent choice for cattle backgrounding lots. The high tensile wire used in Stay-Tuff fence does not stretch out and become loose like low tensile wire, and the fixed knot construction holds up against heavy pressure from cattle without the need for replacement or repair. Stay-Tuff fixed knot fence is available with Class 3 Galvanized or Class 40 Zinc Aluminum coatings that will far outlast traditional fencing with a thinner Class 1 galvanized coating. More info can be found at www.staytuff.com.

RED BRAND
nrew-3Red Brand barbed wire fence is available in 2-point and 4-point styles. The tough red-tipped steel barbs resist bending resulting in durability and reliability, while the 12-1/2 gauge twisted cable easily handles cattle pressure. Red Brand also offers a variety of knotted wire. Their Mocarch® knot acts as a hinge that gives under pressure, while their Square Deal® Knot prevents Red Brand fences from buckling or sagging and provides extra strength and rigidity with ample flexibility for ideal installation. Red Brand’s Cross Lock® Knot firmly affixes the fence wires together providing superior resistance to movement from animal penetration or from severe snows. All Red Brand products are made in the USA, assuring consistent quality and durability. Find out more at www.redbrand.com.

FEED BUNKS
Face it, a lot of feed is wasted if you don’t have a decent bunk set-up, so now’s not the time to cheap out. Have a look at what we found for deliverable, affordable bunks.

WERK WELD INC.
If you like the durability of steel, check out these beauties from Werk Weld Inc. located in Armour, South Dakota. Their spiffy blue 20’ Fenceline Bunk features a 10 gauge feed pan with feed saver lip to keep the feed in, a 12 gauge 1.5” square tubing panel with 14 openings, and drain holes in both ends. At 1,000 lbs. each, these units easily stack and delivery anywhere a semi can get in. Have a closer look at www.werkweld.com or call 800-987-7360.

THE CONCRETE WORKS, LLC
If concrete is more your style, consider the 6,000+ psi line feeder bunk sections from The Concrete Works, LLC. These 8’ bunks feature a 32” exterior width (at top), are 13” deep, have a 6.5” clearance and weigh in at 1,650 lbs. A semi can haul 34 of these steel reinforced units right to your yard, ready to go. They come with a full manufacturer’s warranty when used in agricultural feeding systems applications. Go to www.theconcreteworks. com or call them up at 877-464-7575 for more information.

GATES
Trying to save a penny or two when it comes to purchasing gates and panels for a backgrounding lot too often results in bent up pieces of art that can never be straightened back out.

FOR-MOST
The For-Most swing gate and frame features an overhead truss constructed of 2” 10 gauge tubing. The outside uprights are 2” 10 gauge with the swing gate support made of 2” sch. 80 (double wall). Dual plunger latches help ensure the latches catch and hold properly. Controls can be operated on horseback. They are available in 8’, 10’ and 12’ widths. The frame height choices are 6’ 6” and 9’ (ride through).

For a comprehensive lineup of sturdy gates, go to your stash of WR back issues (we know you have ‘em hid somewhere), and find the April May 2013. Turn to page 24, and flip through the article Great Gates; there you’ll find some solid choices from Powder River, Filson, W-W, Priefert and Morand to finish off your new backgrounding pen.

Run It With The Sun

SunPumps offers this solar powered 3-phase, 460V 10 HP pump that delivers 250 gallons per minute from a depth of 75 feet.

SunPumps offers this solar powered 3-phase, 460V 10 HP pump that delivers 250 gallons per minute from a depth of 75 feet.

By Jennifer Showalter
It comes up every morning… why not put it to work?

We have been granted the gift of the sun coming up each and every morning, so it only makes sense to put it to work. From energizing fence chargers, automatic gate openers, water pumps, large scale irrigation systems, to overall household and barn electrical needs, solar power has the capability of running it all.

HOW SOLAR POWER WORKS

Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity by directly using photovoltaic (PV) cells, also known as solar cells, or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). CSP systems force large areas of sunlight into small beams by way of lenses or mirrors and tracking sys tems. Solar power can be used to energize both direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) systems. AC is the standard form of electricity for anything that plugs into utility power. This is the type of power used in homes and barns. DC solar power is less expensive than AC solar power, but cannot power standard AC appliances. Off-grid solar power systems store DC electricity in batteries, which can be used as needed or converted to AC power by way of an inverter.

Solar power systems can operate solely on their own with a back-up battery or other power source, or they can be connected to the grid. Grid connected systems feed excess produced electricity back to the grid and eliminate the expense of electricity storage devices like batteries. Power providers in most states turn back electricity meters as power is fed back into the grid. If more electricity is used than what is produced in a given month, the customer only pays the power provider the difference. Additional equipment, regulations, insurance, and safety guidelines go along with grid connected systems, depending on location. “Solar panels when active are like utility electricity lines, so it is important to follow the guidelines,” says Seth Pepper with Tucson-based Agriculture Energies. “Even though they are silent, they still pack punch,”

Solar panels are usually placed facing the equator so they capture the maximum amount of sunshine. They may need some adjustment throughout the year depending on the tilt of the earth. Peak panel output is typically from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fog, snow, rain, ice, bird droppings, and dust can affect the performance of the panels and must be cleared or accounted for in the way of a backup storage battery, generator, water storage tank, or an alternate form of power. Solar panels are low-to-no maintenance, but these limitations cannot be ignored.

OVERCOMING INITIAL COSTS

  Arizona producer Harvey Allen’s 30 HP solar pump system from SunPumps fills the flood irrigation canal, and runs the center pivot operating on solar.

Arizona producer Harvey Allen’s 30 HP solar pump system from SunPumps fills the flood irrigation canal, and runs the center pivot operating on solar.

Like with most purchases on a ranch, solar powered devices and systems have some overhead costs that must be considered. Pepper explains, “The challenge for solar is that it is a cash purchase. The cost is all upfront, but the cost is justified if you consider that solar panels have a 25 year warranty and are expected to last at least 50 years. Now, if in the beginning it takes a few years to pay it off, wouldn’t you say the long-term benefits of ‘free energy’ outweigh the initial costs?”

There is assistance to help with acquiring solar power, but it takes some time to get it. A good starting point is to visit your local NRCS office. “Upwards of 70% of the purchase price can be reduced from tax incentives, but you have to be able to use those tax benefits,” Pepper continues. “Farm banks are a great resource for low interest loans to ranchers, and there are grants available through the USDA, specifically the REAP program. Our experience is that this approach will take a lot of patience – and if you can do these projects without waiting, why wait. However, if you need assistance, the grant programs can make a lot of sense.”

The economics behind going solar are site specific and therefore each rancher has to consider his or her own situation. Pepper finds that solar power is the most attractive when compared to other sources of energy for off-grid operations. He adds, “An area we see the most advantage in solar power is the growing increase of ranchers taking on growing their own livestock feed in order to stabilize their costs. Pumping the water to these large fields can eventually be pumped for free when the system is paid off. There is some real stability for the rancher in this. A lot of ranchers we run into seem to think little watering livestock tanks are all they can run off of solar and do not know that solar can feed large irrigation systems.” Joe Lines with SunPumps in Safford, AZ estimates, “Usually the payback on most off-grid solar pumping systems is two to three years in the USA.”

With there being a wide array of both off-grid and on-grid solar systems, WR thought it would be good to highlight a few companies and products that might be of some help to our readers. This is what we found:

GOIN’ SOLAR

SUNPUMPS

With solar pumping systems ranging from 1/8 HP to 100 HP, SunPumps offers a comprehensive line of pumps.

The energy from the PV panels of SunPumps systems generates DC power which in turn is used to power DC motors that pump water from a source. The PV panels also create enough power to move entire irrigation systems over the ground. The solar panels generate maximum power in full sun conditions when large quantities of water are typically needed, but SunPumps still encourages customers to store water as a reserve if possible. ww.sunpumps.com

AGRICULTURE ENERGIES

Agriculture Energies installs solar systems as large as 500 horsepower.

Agriculture Energies installs solar systems as large as 500 horsepower.

Here’s a company that will walk beef producers through the entire process of going solar, from project analysis, engineering, financial procurement and follow-up maintenance. The Agriculture Energies team works together to design a system that maximizes the solar system energy production at the lowest possible cost for the best return on the investment to the system owner. Agriculture Energies, in business since 1970, prides itself in developing and installing systems that are as large as 500 horsepower and have been in the field working for over a decade without any downtime failure. www.agriculturesolar.com

ARTISAN PUMPS

The Artisan Reliant would be good for pastures.

The Artisan Reliant would be good for pastures.

The Reliant solar pump system from Artisan Pumps supplies fresh water for rural homes, farms and ranches. The simple and sturdy pump is ideal for gardens, stock watering, irrigation, and filling and maintaining ponds. As a replacement for windmill-powered pumps, the Reliant offers reliability, low cost of ownership and a far lower profile. The ¾-hp motor is driven by solar or low-amp grid-tie electric power. The pump can run dry without damage, perfect for pasture situations where flow may not be checked every day. Reliant offers two choices: Model 101 pumps to 400 feet at constant flow rates. Model 102 delivers flows of 2.7 gallons a minute, up to 3,880 gallons a day. www.artisanpumpco.com

Your Dream Shop

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From planning to reality – plus some great tips from our WR Facebook friends

By: Jennifer Showalter

There is a lot to think about when building a shop, but there is even more to study when deciding which tools and gadgets to purchase. WR wanted to highlight a few things for ranchers to keep in mind as they sit down to design their dream shop. This is what we pulled together.

SIZE

Typically, bigger is better in this case (considering budget, of course). With all of the different tools and parts used on a ranch, it doesn’t take long for a shop to become cluttered. To conserve floor space, ranchers may want to consider storing parts in a loft as long as it does not interfere with overhead clearance. Along those same lines, ranchers need to be aware that roll-up doors often take up overhead space inside a building and may interfere with taller equipment. It is wise to build a shop with the idea that it may be used to service wider and taller equipment in the future. As one FB friend wisely suggested, “Design it big enough to handle your equipment, then make it bigger”.

SAFETY

Safety needs to be kept in mind when designing a shop. Sparks and slag off of grinders and welders along with all of the flammable fuels and oils typically found in a shop increase the need for fire safety to be taken into account. It is important to have a licensed electrician properly wire the building to carry the heavy load of such things as welders and compressors (EDITOR: cowboy wiring is forbidden, guys, stick to punching cows).

Ventilation is also important for a safe work environment and to prevent condensation. When building a shop, such things as welding, painting and grinding will require enough fans and blowers to pull or push fumes and dust out of the building. In addition, make sure first aid kits, eye wash kits, and fire extinguishers are positioned so they are easily accessible.

ORGANIZATION

From wrenches, to sockets, to punches, to screwdrivers, to grease guns, the list of hand held tools in a shop is near about endless. When you add in all of the power tools the list is even longer. Without some form of organization amongst all the tools and parts, a shop will become a wreck in no time.

Adjustable stationary work benches, tool boxes, peg boards, storage bins, shelves, and cabinets are a few things available to help with this issue. Study all the options and utilize what you feel will provide the easiest way for you to keep things in order.

CLEANLINESS AND COMFORT

A cement floor in today’s progressive ranch shops is pretty much mandatory. It is a good idea to include drains with adequate screens so the floors can be easily washed down. When pouring a floor, some ranchers may want to look into actually digging and framing up a pit so they can easily work on the underside of equipment without the need of a lift or hoist.

Good lighting is a must in a shop. Acquiring natural light through windows, doors, and skylights is an option, but these features don’t do much good when you are trying to get something fixed at night.

“High pressure sodium and metal halide lights are efficient choices if the lights will be used for long periods of time,” says Bryan Moore with Morton Buildings. “Fluorescent and incandescent lighting are more conducive to low light usage.”

In most cases it pays to install more lighting and electrical plugs than you ever think you will need on both the inside and the outside of the shop. Temperature control is another issue that must be considered. Properly insulated shops are warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer compared to non-insulated buildings.

“Most farm shops are insulated. To reduce heat loss through doors and windows, most customers choose insulated overhead, bifold and hydraulic doors with weather seals,” says Moore. For those looking for more climate control, heaters, fans, and AC units designed specifically for outbuildings are an option. An outdoor wood furnace may be a good fit for ranchers who have plenty of access to wood.

These units also heat the water which can be an added benefit. Heated floors may be expensive, but they sure do a good job of making the building comfortable to work in. Ranchers may want to consider building a wash rack outside a little ways from their shop to spray off their equipment before bringing it in to be worked on or serviced. An air compressor stationed outside away from the shop doors is also a good way to blow off dirt and chaff without getting the equipment wet and helps to keep the shop cleaner.

If large amounts of used oil and other mechanical fluids will be collected in the shop, ranchers should look into incorporating some form of waste storage tank into the design and layout of their building. This will allow ranchers to collect the waste so it can properly be disposed of.

Despite efforts to keep things clean, it is impossible to avoid grease, oil, and dirt in a shop. A sink and shower can certainly come in handy. Some may want to go as far as putting in a full restroom and a washing machine designated for work clothes and grease rags.

BUILD IT / STOCK IT!

When building and stocking your dream shop the following are a few companies and products WR suggests you check out:

MORTON BUILDINGS

Morton Buildings’ post-frame buildings are highly-engineered, strong, wood-framed structures that make ideal shops for ranchers. From the foundation to the fasteners, every component in a Morton building has been engineered to work together to provide great building strength.

Morton Buildings utilizes clear-span construction which allows the interior of the building to be wide open with endless layout possibilities. Morton offers a wide variety of building styles and features including doors, windows, and paint colors. A local Morton Buildings sales consultant is the primary source of contact for the customer from concept to completion.

When a plumber, electrician, heating/cooling professional or other subcontractor is needed, Morton hires them and oversees their work on the customer’s behalf. Visit their site at www.mortonbuildings.com.

NORTHERN TOOL + EQUIPMENT®

If you need to get under something, this Roughneck™ Manual Chain Hoist from Northern Tool + Equipment’s® is ideal for the job as it is compact enough to stow away when not in use but powerful enough to lift 2 tons to a height of 10 feet. It is an ideal choice for pulling engines, moving heavy equipment, effortlessly loading tanks and pumps, lifting ATVs onto pickups, and a variety of other tasks.

The Roughneck™ manual chain hoist features steel-cast housing and Grade 80 chain. The black finish lift chain is rust resistant and durable, while the zincplated pull chain also resists rust. The different colors of these two chains make identification easy.

An automatic double pawl braking systems secures loads at any height. The swivel hooks are assembled with high-strength locking features and an enclosed gear housing making this hoist suitable for outdoor use. The Roughneck™ manual chain hoist is tested at 150% load capacity to ensure it can withstand the rigors it is put through. Go to www.northerntool.com for more info.

HOBART

Need to slice through some steel? Hobart’s AirForce™ 250ci Plasma Cutter uses an electrical arc and compressed air to cut steel, aluminum, and other conductive metals. A builtin air compressor and lightweight inverter power supply makes this plasma cutter one of the most convenient, totally portable cutting systems available.

Weighing only 27 pounds, the AirForce™ 250ci Plasma cutter is easy to handle. The AirForce™ 250ci excels at cutting sheet metal and 1/8” mild steel. It can even sever ¼” steel. Head over to www.hobartwelders.com for more on these units. TWECO® Check out this combo welder from Tweco®. The Fabricator® 252i MIGStick-TIG welder is a 3-in-1 welder that welds metal up to ½” thick in a single pass.

This unit enables users to choose the best process for the project they are working on. Its MIG and gas-shielded flux cored outputs provide maximum productivity in the shop. The stick and self-shielded flux cored process work great in windy and outdoor conditions, as well as on rusty or dirty metal. The DC TIG process enables users to weld stainless, copper, nickel, bronze, brass, alloys, or on applications requiring precise control over heat input and weld bead placement.

The Fabricator 252i features power factor correction (PFC), which lowers the unit’s primary current draw and enables it to provide full output on a 50-amp circuit. The Fabricator 252i tolerates voltage fluctuations from 187 to 276 VAC, which makes it especially suited for running off any generator (including PTO-driven units) that supplies at least 8.2 kVA (6.6 kW) of power.

HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS

Harbor Freight Tools stocks over 7,000 items in categories including automotive, air and power tools, shop equipment, welding and hand tools. Their Central Machinery® line provides a lot of useful items for a ranch shop. To name a few, Central Machinery’s 17” Floor Mount Drill Press is an all-purpose drill press that is ideal for ranch needs. A heavy duty ball bearing motor with 16 speeds makes drilling a wide variety of materials possible.

This floor drill press comes with an adjustable depth stop and gauge, an oiler with a flex-tube, and a lamp. Central Machinery offers an 8” Bench Grinder that has a rugged capacitor start motor, builds up to speed instantly, and provides plenty of power to avoid stalling while grinding. Steel seated ball bearings support the motor shaft for long wear. T

his bench grinder comes equipped with medium and coarse grinding wheels, large adjustable eye shield, spark deflectors, adjustable tool rests, and a flexible gooseneck lamp for optimal visibility. Central Machinery also manufactures a 20 Gallon Parts Washer. With a high flow, recirculating pump, this washer provides, a safe, convenient station for cleaning small parts and tools.

The pump circulates solvent at 5-1/4 GPM, while the heat-resistant lid closes automatically in case of fire. The washer is constructed of heavy duty welded steel and includes a heavy duty steel stand with storage shelf. The washer itself has a removable parts shelf and parts basket. Hit ‘em up at www.harborfreight.com.

PORTER-CABLE

Known for industry-changing innovation, PORTER-CABLE introduced the world’s first helical drive circular saw, portable band saw, and portable belt sander. PORTER-CABLE’s 7.5 Amp 1/2” impact wrench (PCE210) delivers 240 ftlbs of max torque for heavy-duty applications, as well as up to 2,700 impactsper-minute, and up to 2,200 revolutions-per-minute.

A forward/reverse rocker trigger switch proves an easy transition between fastening and loosening applications. Cast metal gear housing helps dissipate heat buildup for added durability during heavy-duty application. This impact wrench comes with a hog ring anvil to allow for fast and easy accessory changes. At only 7 pounds, this tool is lightweight and compact making it user friendly.

PORTER-CABLE’s 15 Amp 7-1/4” Heavy Duty Circular Saw (PC15TCS) has a motor that delivers power and torque through the toughest application. This lightweight saw only weighs 11.3 pounds which minimizes handler fatigue. A 45 degree bevel capacity creates range of application. A stamped steel shoe with optimum line of sight provides accurate cuts and durable construction.

A spindle lock feature allows for single wrench bit changes, and the kerf cut indicator aligns the blade to the indicator for accurate line cuts. As far as cordless tools go, ranchers might find PORTER-CABLE’s Reciprocating Tiger Saw™ – PCC670B, 6-1/2” Circular Saw – PCC660B, Oscillating Tool – PCC710B, Cut-OFF Tool/Grinder – PCC761B, Jigsaw – PCC650B, and the Pivoting Flashlight – PCC700B to be of interest. The whole enchilada is at www.portercable.com.

Dealin’ With a Deluge of Data

 by Jennifer Showalter

Face it, you’re going to need to plug in sooner or later in this traceback world

Whether we like it or not, the days of keeping records with pencil and paper is a thing of the past. With more individual records being kept in the cattle industry to improve traceability and to increase efficiency more than ever before, technological record keeping programs designed specifically for cattlemen have made a hit in the market.

When shopping for a system and/or device that best fits your needs, take the time to make sure you are really getting what you want and that a reliable technical support team backs the product. Lori Janes, with Cattleman’s Resource, says, “You don’t make a steak the first year you buy a cow and a bull, and to build a good cattle business takes a step at a time. Expect to do the same with your data systems. After analyzing the current status of your data systems and clarifying your goals, then talk with the different software companies to find the one that best fits your business and can help you walk through your goals, one step at a time.” Tim Davis, Vice President of Mid-West Micro Systems, adds, “I have never known any two operations to have the same record keeping needs.

 

Thrilled to Build

Protect what you’ve got from the elements with one of these sweet structures

by Jennifer Showalter

With the number ofthat's an improvement jan. prefab outbuilding manufacturers
out there on the market, ranchers no longer have to figure out every nut, bolt, screw or nail they will need to buy, but they certainly have their work cut out deciding which company and package best fits their needs.

Not all buildings are the same nor are all companies the same to work with. It pays to check out the companies, their
products, and talk to other ranchers with the number of prefab outbuilding manufacturers out there on the market, ranchers no longer have to figure out every nut, bolt, screw or nail they will need to buy, but they certainly have their work cut out
deciding which company and package best fits their needs.