Newell FFA: Class constructs portable livestock working tub and alley
February 17, 2011
The Newell Agricultural Engineering Technologies class recently completed construction of a portable livestock working tub and alley to be rented out to area livestock producers. It is the goal of the Newell FFA and Agricultural Engineering Technologies class to develop a self-sustaining program that will continue to support and educate current and future students in the entrepreneurial spirit of developing local business and industry.
The objectives of the Agricultural Engineering Technologies class include researching local needs for agricultural equipment, researching livestock behavior and psychology, designing equipment, establishing positive cash flow budgets, constructing equipment, researching and developing rental agreements, developing a promotional campaign and practicing proper customer service.
The project is the culmination of efforts started in the spring of 2010, when students researched and determined a need and viability for a portable livestock work tub and alley to made available to livestock producers in the Newell, Vale, Nisland, Castle Rock, Hoover, Mud Butte and Sulphur Creek communities. Students investigated many current designs and studied livestock handling behaviors in order to construct a piece of livestock handling equipment that would work effectively and efficiently. Students involved in the project included: class of 2010 – Kyle Tifft, Tyler Hogen, Taylor Wickersham, Ronald Fickbohm and Blane Hotchkiss; class of 2011 – Cody Hanson, Brodie Shaykett, JC Seaman, Levi McTaggart and Brad Reid.
Students contributed almost 900 man hours to the project and an investment of close to $4,000 in materials and supplies to see it to completion. Students are also implementing a promotional campaign to increase public awareness of the equipment’s availability, as well as a left-handed and a right-handed calf table that will is also available for rent.
The portable tub and alley is available for $100/day rent; calf tables are available at $25/day with all proceeds going to the Newell FFA program to invest into upcoming projects such as a palpation/squeeze/working chute and a portable corral system. In an effort to make the equipment readily available, Newell Ranch Supply (605-456-2313) will manage the lease of the livestock handling equipment for the Newell FFA.