Saturday, April 3, 2010

Feed Station

We have a mini silo on the way, also known as a bin. The mini bin holds two tons of grain in a weather proof storage unit that is easy to dispense. The 4,000 pounds of custom ground, organic feed will be used to feed the pigs in a more efficient and cost effective way.

While we are waiting on delivery of the silo, a cement pad needed to be poured to hold the weight of the feeder. Our sandy, loamy soil compacts tightly, but a substantial platform is needed.

The timing had to be just right because of the steady rains we've had this April. Cement needs time to set, dry and cure without getting wet. The driver of the cement truck managed to miss every single walnut branch! What a driver! Then he manipulated the big truck back to reach the cement pad and missed all of the apple tree branches. It was worth the delivery fee just to see the slalom driving skills from Riverside Ready Mix!

We went with an 8 inch thick, 6 foot square, reinforced with rebar. This will not only hold the storage bin full of feed, it will also hold its own when the rooting pigs get curious! It was a mad dash to fill the frame, level it, and put a smooth finish on before the next rainstorm hit.

Stay tuned for more photos of the Finished Feed Station!

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