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by dhibbeln
Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:49 pm
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Backup Stock Tank Heater Design
Replies: 8
Views: 3090

Re: Backup Stock Tank Heater Design

Hmmn,
The concept of a rocket stove using or even gravity fed pellet has some merit.
I've learned that with cold weather issues, simple is better...
dave h
by dhibbeln
Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:40 pm
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Backup Stock Tank Heater Design
Replies: 8
Views: 3090

Re: Backup Stock Tank Heater Design

Folks,
Saw this over the weekend.

http://gravityfeedstoves.com/

It is a gravity feed pellet stove.
I could see setting this up in a shed with stock tank

Dang sheep would be warmer then me in the winter...
by dhibbeln
Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:11 am
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Backup Stock Tank Heater Design
Replies: 8
Views: 3090

Backup Stock Tank Heater Design

Folks, Been a tough winter. Power Outages have resulted in frozen stock tanks, which are not fun to get thawed. I've been looking into a method to provide backup heat in the event of a power outage. I used to plan for power outages of 1-14 days, but after vermonts ice storm this winter where the ice...
by dhibbeln
Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:34 pm
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Meat grinder
Replies: 7
Views: 1500

Re: Meat grinder

ya, strips better the cubes in kitchen aid, and helps to cool or freeze them. however after using my kitchen aid once, I borrowed a real one from a neighbor... see morton salt home curing guide at morton salt sight. morton salt also makes a nice sausage meatloaf spice. found a reciepe for lamb prosc...
by dhibbeln
Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:32 pm
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: Hay Wagon
Replies: 12
Views: 2248

Re: Hay Wagon

Good Invention. You might want to add some "steps" for the sheep to get to the top openings. I've seen them on various commerical large bale feeders. Also, you might want to reposition the large opening, so openings are closer to the ground. that way you would not need "steps". W...
by dhibbeln
Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:19 pm
Forum: Stock For Sale or Wanted
Topic: Registered La Mancha dairy goat herd for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 388

Registered La Mancha dairy goat herd for sale

just helping out a neighbor - dave h. I know, I know they're goats, but hey, maybe somebody knows somebody who likes goats... **************************************** Relatively young ADGA Registered La Mancha dairy goat herd for sale. Purchased in 2007 from a local neighbor to help him and preserve...
by dhibbeln
Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:04 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Ranchers getting fleeced?
Replies: 176
Views: 22042

Re: Ranchers getting fleeced?

Ginger, On the bright side, learning to be a shepherd when lamb prices are low, means you have chance at being profitable when prices rise. I'm new to this game. Couple observations. Key is to have best possible nutution during last 4 weeks of gestation, first 8 weeks of lacation. Sheep during this ...
by dhibbeln
Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:49 pm
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: 12 volt water tank heater
Replies: 15
Views: 3837

Re: 12 volt water tank heater

Thanks for the replies. We have looked into many of these options and nothing seems to fit what we had in mind. For the most part we only have a few weeks a year we it get extreme cold. Temps below zero and not going above freezing all day. I know this is not "real" cold for many parts of...
by dhibbeln
Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:49 pm
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: 12 volt water tank heater
Replies: 15
Views: 3837

Re: 12 volt water tank heater

Thanks for the replies. We have looked into many of these options and nothing seems to fit what we had in mind. For the most part we only have a few weeks a year we it get extreme cold. Temps below zero and not going above freezing all day. I know this is not "real" cold for many parts of...
by dhibbeln
Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:43 pm
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: 12 volt water tank heater
Replies: 15
Views: 3837

Re: 12 volt water tank heater

[quote="Stan Potratz"]We've experimented w. variations of this over the years in ponds and our barns. Our conclusions so far: 2. Bubblers certainly work in ponds if the airflow is high enough and the pond is deep enough. But the amount of air to be moved in our conditions for ponds exceeds...
by dhibbeln
Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:44 am
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: 12 volt water tank heater
Replies: 15
Views: 3837

Re: 12 volt water tank heater

PS: to prior post. You might want to think about putting in a small 12 volt pump. if water is moving it won't freeze. I'd leave the heat in just in case the tank freezes or skins over on a really cold streach. Also you'd want to have the tank insulated, the wind can suck up a lot of heat. regards, d...
by dhibbeln
Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:39 am
Forum: Tools of the trade
Topic: 12 volt water tank heater
Replies: 15
Views: 3837

Re: 12 volt water tank heater

Not to be nosy, what was the PM? :) I'm working on a bubbler that uses no electric, just air pressure from a tank. They're used to keep live wells oxygenated in fishing boats. D. We use a bubbler on a pond to keep an area open for a swan (a feathered rare english sheep breed owned by the english ro...
by dhibbeln
Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:33 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Ranchers getting fleeced?
Replies: 176
Views: 22042

Re: Ranchers getting fleeced?

[quote="Janet McNallyHe is using a standard 'book' value for lamb (reflecting feedlot lamb I am sure, which I believe includes whole carcass composition), where as he has newer revised nutrient information on grass fed beef. I think what is needed is to come up with some good sound nutrient ana...
by dhibbeln
Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:26 pm
Forum: Markets and marketing
Topic: how to ship frozen lamb
Replies: 4
Views: 1084

Re: how to ship frozen lamb

my wife just shipped a frozen cheese cake from nyc to st. louis. took 3 days due to storm over holidays. she built a styrofoam box and filled it with salt water in plastic coke bottles and the frozen cheese cake (frozen in a chest freezer). darn cheese cake and coke bottles were still frozen three d...
by dhibbeln
Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:15 pm
Forum: Archives
Topic: Ranchers getting fleeced?
Replies: 176
Views: 22042

Re: Ranchers getting fleeced?

Folks, Been away from the internet for the past few months in order to deal with reality...<sigh>... Was watching "this week in agribusiness" on RFD-TV and to my surpise they mentioned sheep and how prices for producers were low and retail was "high" and how senators and producer...

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