Dairy goat farmers get creative
Farmers are an inventive lot. The original recyclers—fixing what they have, repurposing items, and sometimes creating something out of nothing.
Here are four creations made by central Minnesota dairy goat producers. These are just a few simple ways to reuse items you may already have or make without spending much money. Click on any image for a larger view.
Hay feeder for kids
Create a hay feeder for kids by repurposing a 15 gallon barrel. Cut a large rectangular hole on the top of the barrel and circled holes on one side. Stabilize the feeder on the outward facing side by screwing a 1x2" board cut to the inside length of the barrel, then screw the feeder to a wall using another 1x2" or 2x4" inside the feeder on the opposite side. You could also attach hooks to the feeder and hang the feeder on a gate.
Mob feeder for kids
Build a mob feeder for kids by repurposing pails and adding nipples. Decide how many kids you want to feed out of one bucket, purchase the corresponding amount of nipples with gaskets, cut holes in the bucket and attach the nipple. Make sure your gasket is snug to make a good seal so milk doesn’t leak out. Replace gaskets and nipples as necessary. Make sure to wash and disinfect the feeder after each feeding. Another way to make a mob milk/grain feeder is to cut a PVC pipe in half, add end caps, and attach hooks to hang it on a fence or gate.