Since I am a wool farmer, the wool is what the sheep are all about. Keeping the wool clean has been my nemisis for 4 years since coming here. I have tried 8 different feeder styles and finally bought hay nets. That is great for what is going in, but what is coming out still needed to be managed. I could not see myself out there daily with a rake and broom sweeping the poop. It is about as thankless as washing dishes, another task that I detest, because the next day, the dishes are right back there. So is the poop.
I came across metal brooms, that is with metal bristles, at the local second hand store in Elk Point. At first I thought they might make good combs for wool and they may have, but then this idea came to me. I thought instead of me sweeping the shit, I would hook a lot of the brooms, 4 of them to make a 4 foot wide broom and haul it behind the lawn tractor. I needed two metal bands and a way to hitch it. I needed some one who was good with tinkering.
I put an ad in the local buy and sell type of online site, Infomall and no one answered. That did not surprise me and although I did not give up entirely, the creating of the unit went to the back burner. I bought the broom heads though. And, one fine day a few days down the road, a fellow whom had been to my farm with his ferrier daughter, asked me about my project. I told him my vision and he said he would make it for me. Hallelujia!
And he did and it is great, even spray painted a lovely shade of purple. Because he loves to tinker and invent, he did not charge me for his time and trouble, only for the materials, for which I am grateful. Does it work? It rained today, so I could not test it out. I think it would be best to be dry, but not dust dry, just damp dry so the manure would not clog the bristles but also not kick up a great deal of manure dust. It rained a lot today, thankfully, for our dry area is in need of rain. I will test the unit out in a few days, weather permitting. I am very thankful for inventive entrepreneurs who can do anything. My dad was like that and I miss him every day. Now, the proof will be in the using. Stay posted!