24 April 2015
From putting to bedding, recycled golf cart simplifies straw handling
On farm innovation has created a number of labour saving methods and devices that are now common place on many of Rattlerow’s pig units. The latest ingenious development is the ‘Straw Chariot‘, a novel bale trailer that’s been adapted from an electrically powered golf cart.
Designed and produced by engineer Dan Smith, of Rattlerow’s steel fabrication department, the cart will hold a quadrant slab bale weighing 350 kg. It offers an alternative to the straw blowers that are used on some of the company farms.
“We do use blowers, but they can create a lot of dust inside some of our conventional Suffolk-type buildings, so we were keen to try something else,” says Adrian Lawson, Rattlerow’s joint MD.
“… it saves time, is easy to manoeuvre and bedding up yards and pens is much easier and less dusty.”
Stockman Brian Cooper (pictured) has been testing the chariot at Hill House’s breeding and finishing unit in mid Suffolk. He uses it every day and says it saves time, is easy to manoeuvre and bedding up yards and pens is much easier and less dusty.
The cost of building a chariot is £800 for the golf cart (second hand) plus conversion, which takes about 3 days work.
As expected, the Rattlerow workshop is now fired up, building chariots for more of its farms.