Monthly Archives: September 2017

The One Thing I Couldn’t do Without on my Feed Truck

When you fix up your feed truck with a hay bed and a cube feeder on the back, your whole back window is blocked.

Trying to hook up a trailer or load a bale of hay all of the sudden becomes a major ordeal. The gooseneck hitch is by far the hardest for me because I can’t tell how far back I am I wind up getting out and looking about 5 times while trying to hitch up. If I am lazy and don’t get out I run the risk of backing too far under and running into the trailer or feed box. I decided to install an RV camera which I purchased from Amazon for about $200.00 that had two cameras. I installed one on the feed box focused on the bed and gooseneck hitch and the other on the rear hitch.

You can see the small camera in the center of the feed box.

This is the monitor with the bed camera on. I just have to toggle the video button and it switches to the rear camera.

You can see I’m lined up easy enough.

Here you can see I’m exactly where I need to be. Only have to get out once and no guesswork about how far back I am.

This is the second truck I’ve had the camera in and its about 8 years old and I’ve never had an issue with it. The cameras light up the bed if its dark in order to be able to see and the monitor has several adjustments to tailor the image to your liking.

If you have a truck with something blocking your view or if it’s hard for you to turn around and look this is a great investment.

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Tonganoxie Kansas

Well when the residents of Tonganoxie woke up yesterday morning they learned of a big announcement for their little community of about 5000. Yes it seems that the local and state dignitaries in all their wisdom had been sworn to secrecy about this big news. I can’t imagine why they were told to keep the deal hush hush? It had a code name “project sunset”, I think all great industries need a code name before they actually break ground. I mean it is going to create 1600 new jobs which I’m sure the hard working people of Tonganoxie will be able to fill. Why they were probably just having a town hall meeting trying to figure out where 1600 of their residents are going to work (snark snark). The article doesn’t say what wages these new jobs will pay but hey, a job is a job right.

What was it that the small community found out yesterday? Well this project sunset facility will cover 300 acres and cost 320 million dollars to build! It will have a feed mill and a processing plant that will process 1.25 million chickens per week. That’s over 178,000 birds per day if they work 7 day weeks.

Tyson said one of the reasons they chose Kansas was because of their “top notch transportation network” whatever that means? I’m not sure which way the wind blows in Tonganoxie but I’d guess that if you are within 10 miles of this roughly 1 mile by 1/2 mile “project sunset” you will know by the odor that you can’t seem to get away from.

I have heard people talk about “factory farming” and to me that is what Tyson is building in Kansas. I think you all know that I believe in animal agriculture. I farm and raise cattle and a few chickens and really do all that I can to produce a top quality healthy meat protein for my family and others to enjoy. When we have to sneak in with code names and keep everyone in the dark until the deal is done, well that is a little sketchy to me. I think this country could use more family farms and there are some really good things happening with farm to plate programs and knowing your producing farmer rancher. We still have a long way to go but I think deals like “project sunset” will get people to thinking a little more about selling and buying locally and knowing where our food comes from.

Oh and just to be fair I do have a code name for some of my projects.

So what do you think?

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