AT Spotlight: Grain Auger with Drop Points

This is a solution that will enable individuals with various disabilities to continue feeding their livestock.

Large or small, all livestock operations require a daily feeding routine. Moving the feed from storage to the animals is typically the most physically demanding and repetitive portion of the task.

On smaller farms, using wheelbarrows, buckets, shovels, and scoops is common practice for moving feed. These methods place strain on joints and increases general fatigue. For individuals with back or joint impairments, these tasks can be brutal.

This task is often repeated twice a day and can take a considerable amount of time and energy.  atspotlight

The first step in modifying this task is placing a feed storage area as close to the feeding location as possible. Small grain bins (pictured above) can be placed next to the barn or structure.

The next step is installing an auger system with drop points. Several types of augers are available, including a flex auger that can bend to reach tricky locations. Drop points of varying numbers can then be added to drop the feed directly into the feeders. This is all controlled by levers and buttons.

This is an ideal solution that will enable individuals with various disabilities to continue feeding their livestock.

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