Ultimate Cattle Panel Greenhouse

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Ultimate Cattle Panel Greenhouse



Shredder Chains

We bought this shredder last year from a family member and it is a great unit. We only gave half the cost of a new one. Also this is a heavy duty unit with 1/4″ steel on top and channel iron around the sides. When owning a few acres shredding bush hogging or whatever you may call it is on the chore list a few times a year and we all need to do it safely.

When operating any equipment safety is always most important. Well when using this shredder last year stuff was flying out from the back and the front of the unit almost hitting us while driving. If we are dodging flying derbies instead of operating our equipment things could go bad in a hurry. We decided to do something about it, but at minimal cost with the idea of function over looks.

We had some old semi tire chains laying around for chaining up during the snow and ice season that was giving to us. What better way to reuse them. So we made our own chain guard. Not pretty, but functional. Remember function over looks. We took these chains and cut into what we believed was the correct length and welded them in place. Soon we will see how well they work.



















Boom Pole

Boom poles are nice for picking up things and moving them around. So we built one instead of buying one. Not sure how strong this thing is, but so far so good. We have only used it for skidding logs, but there is more to come. Ours has D rings, hooks, and a square receiver hitch on the end for whatever reason we haven’t came up with yet.

This boom pole is designed to work with the trailer mover we built as it saved us material and money, but could be the weak link. Still cheaper than buying a new one, but may not look as good. Remember function over looks thou. Worse case we will build another one that actually hooks directly to the tractor.















FEED for all?

Just wanted to share a thought.

I dunno bout all of you, but when feeding one or hundreds of animals it seems at sometime during the season you are going to buy feed. It maybe winter and everything is covered in a snow blanket or it could be a summer drought turning everything to a dust bowl. Now if you have one type of animal and only a few its pretty simple to hopefully give it left overs and buy very little feed from where ever, but if you have different types or species and numerous animals what do you do? Again its easy if you have a couple of chickens, but if you have 100 chickens, 3 pigs, 4 diary goats, 3 rabbits, 7 cows, and 2 dogs what do you do? I dont have these numbers, but one day we might and I see this as very possible.

What about free feed? Left over produce, bakery goods, etc.? This is what we want to do, but what is in it? Which animals do you feed it to? I hope to all. How do you go about doing such a thing? This seems to be the cheapest method besides the fuel it is only your time spent.

Everyone wants GMO free and Organic. That is great, but the cost is expensive. I found a feed mill that sells exactly this. GMO free and Organic, but is 2-3 times the cost of the other feed at the feed store or tractor supply.  Well I do think they will make a custom blend, but what blend would feed all those animals? If you buy at least 500lbs they will sell to you right at the mill otherwise you have to find a feed store that sells their products. This would be nice, but obviously the most expensive if you have to buy a few pounds to a few tons of feed a year for each type of animal. I would probably go out of my way to buy in bulk if there was an all around blend that could be fed to all animals. Is there a such thing?

Another thought is that long ago there was no such thing as bagged feed. What did they do then besides pasture for all of these animals and cut hay? I guess you could give your left overs, such as eggs, diary, and baked goods that are getting ready to go bad.


Well I guess only time will tell what we will do.

Eggs! We have EGGS!!!

Eggs!! We have EGGS!! WooHoo!! We are getting about a dozen a day. We have brown ones, white ones, and green ones.

Keep in mind when buying store bought eggs the date on them is when they are washed and at washing most eggs are 3+ months old and buy time you eat them they could be 6+ months old. That is not fresh or healthy. Pastured eggs have been known to reduce cholesterol also.

We sell our eggs for $3 for a colorful dozen ( this means we just randomly throw a variety of eggs in ), $4 for white or brown only, and $6 for just green.













Trailer mover

This seems to be a very useful tool and I believe will be even more useful in the future. We wanted a trailer mover, but for a $150+ tax and shipping I couldn’t see buying one. So I built one.

I did some research and looked around at pictures and websites to see what would be the best way to build one. I really didn’t like anything I seen, but liked something on all of them. I decided I would just build one and see what happens. Off to the steel/salvage yard I went. I bought a piece of 2.25″x2.25″x10″ square tubing and a piece of 3/8″x10″x16″ scrap with holes already drilled the right size for the top link bolt. Cost was under $30.00. I bought a 2 5/16 ball for the top so the goose neck trailer could be moved around (empty only) for bout $10.00 and a multipurpose receiver hitch with a clevis and 3 ball sizes consisting of 1 7/8″, 2″, and 2 5/16″. This was the most expensive piece coming in around $55. Then I bought two category one pins that ran less than $10.00 for the pair. Besides paint and the extras I added on we are at approximately $105 into the project. Adding welding wire, cutting wheels, and misc. supplies the project was under the cost of the cheapest I could find and it is custom built to my liking.

I came up with some dimensions I thought would be suitable for the project and got started. All thou I have had compliments on it, I believe because of the paint, I still built it keeping in mind function over looks. I did add extra bracing, D rings, hooks, and a top receiver tube. That makes it more useful and did make the cost go up, but still under a $150 and you still will not find anything close to it with the possible functions that this piece of equipment will have.




Here is the basic structure with the upper and lower square receiver hitches.








Almost finished and ready to paint. This picture shows the additional bracing I added.








Sprayed on some red paint to match the tractor.








Here it is complete with D rings, hooks, and multipurpose hitch hooked up to our Mahindra 4wd 4025.






Again another new chicken coop

Hopefully this will be the last chicken coop/pen addition. Now we have a brooder/hospital/quarantine section, breeding section, and now this new pen which will hold all the birds. Keep in mind thou we do turn them out everyday! Free range pastured eggs are best!

This new section actually comes out to approx. 24′ x 52′ for a total square footage of 1,248 feet. We plan on at most having 125 birds at one time and at least 75 birds. If we have 125 in there that comes out to almost 10 square feet per bird. So there is no reason they shouldn’t be happy if for some strange reason we have to keep them in there for a day or two.

We used treated lumber as in hoping we would not have to replace it for 25+ years. The coop part in the pen has some old freezer panels for the roof and walls that was laying around. A good friend of ours father was working on a job where they gave him a bunch of these freezer panels and he gave us some a long time ago. They came out of a grocery store. Now our chickens will be cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

We also plan on raising rabbits here the coop section of this new pen. We will get twice the function out of this space making it sort of a dual purpose area. So excited. Looking forward to it being finished.



Area where new chicken pen/coop is going.








The structure is going up.








Freezer panels for the roof and lower walls.








Coop section in the pen.








Random picture to show how big this thing is. This picture shows 1/2 to 2/3 of the pen.








This picture shows from one corner crossways to other corner for a better visual of the size.








There will be a couple of roost here, nest box/buckets, and rabbits soon.








We ended up getting a great deal on these 5 gallon buckets. Figured it was cheaper than boxes out of plywood also. The rabbits pens will be placed above the nest box/buckets.





God made Farmer on the 8th day.

Not to into football, but what little we seen this commercial made it all worth while. Regardless if your a Ford, Dodge or Chevy person this was a great commercial.



Pallet Forks

Pallet Forks! Never woulda thought these things would be so useful. These have probably gotten more use than anything else when it comes to using the tractor. We got an Awesome deal on a set of 42″ pallet forks with hay spear option at palletforks.com. We called them told them what we wanted and in less than a week we had our pallet forks with hay spear option. Every time we turn around we use them and come up with new ideas and ways to use them.




This is how our new 42″ pallet forks with hay spear option from palletforks.com. Strapped securely to pallet.








Lookin Good and ready to get all scratched up.










Gettin the mesquite ready to be seasoned for the next smokin bbq.








Comin in with another load to be cut and stacked. Now we can just split it at our convenience









Unloading our new post hole digger/auger.








Movin around some pallets. Notice Titan forks logo from palletforks.com.









Just look how organized and quickly we can now move around all our junk….treasures, stuff, equipment, etc.








Theres the logo again.








Moving some big bricks.








More bricks. These just bout maxed out the lift capacity on the tractor, but the forks didnt even notice as they have a 4,000lb capacity.






Compost added and plowed.

We hauled in about 11 yards of compost in 2 different trips for just over 5yds per trip. We figured about 1 ton per yard which was just over 10,000lbs each trip. Our goose neck trailer can gross 14,000lbs and it weighs around 3,000lbs itself so we was close to max. Not to mention the towing capacity on the pick up is around 13-14,000lbs. The compost should give our garden area a great kick start. Great to have a goose neck and F250. We used some free pallets that had plywood on them for side boards. They were nailed to the floor and each other. Next we put down a cattle/livestock panel on the floor of the trailer with a wooden pallet on top of it with a chain ran thru both to drag out the compost with our tractor. It ended up unloading about half the load. Then we just moved the trailer around to unload the rest by hand.

Next we got the garden plowed with our 3 bottom plow. Our 4wd 4025 Mahindra is a beast! I did get a bucket full of dirt on the front end loader for traction on the front axle. Now we need to buy or rent a disk before spring as to smooth out the garden. Our garden is approx. 40ft x 80ft. We plan on trying to grow a wide variety of veggies and a bit of fruit just to see what we can do! After all gardening and being self sustaining is supposed to be fun right?



Here is cattle/livestock panel with chain thru it. Didn’t get a pick of the wooden pallet on it thou.








Here is what a bit over 5yds of compost on a 20ft goose neck trailer with 4ft side boards looks like.








Here is the 2nd load of compost.








Almost got stuck! Thank God for 4wd F250s. Well we could of pulled it out with the tractor.








Finally all the compost is plowed under and our 2 youngest inspectors are here to make sure it was done right.







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