How To Control Water Drainage In A Small Feed Lot

Controlling water drainage can be an ongoing issue to deal with in some areas, particularly in something like a small feedlot. Throw in a continuing supply of livestock manure that has to be cleaned up and you have a repetitive chore that you have to stay on top of over and over again.

For example, in this small, open feedlot on a farm in southeast Kansas, manure builds up as cattle feed from several round bins made from converted tractor tires. If left too long, the manure can build up to a point that it will divert the natural drainage pattern for water that the landowner wants to maintain.

But life doesn’t have to be a pain if you have the right tools for the job. A Frontier Drawn Box Scraper (US CA) is a great tool for moving the manure into a pile while smoothing out the ground so rainwater will continue draining the way the landowner wants it to. The LL1210 is much more efficient than trying to use a front bucket or land plane. It can precisely scrape a thin layer of material in this large, rough cattle feeding area, and move a great deal of material all at one time.

During each scraping pass, the built-in hydraulic system in the box scraper allows the operator to raise and lower the box as needed with a single hydraulic cylinder. So you can scrape that thin layer of dirt and manure, drag it to the manure pile you’re building so it can compost, raise the box to unload it, and just keep on working without skipping a beat.

Once again, having the right tool for the job means the work gets done faster, and more efficiently.

Talk to your John Deere dealer about which Drawn Box Scraper is right for you and your tractor.

And remember, always read the Operator’s Manual before operating any piece of equipment and follow all operating and safety instructions.

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