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How To Make Cattle Stalls

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Aiiow me tnrougn the Ohio Farmer to give dairyinen and farmers my way of making cattle stalls. They are easier mado, strong enough, and in fastening and unfastening cattle, are ïnuch handier than these made in the usual way. The bottom part should be made of a stick of hewn timber, iivo inohesby eight. Lay it out with a line, allowing three feet for eaek cow, and seven inches between the slats for the necks. ïake out the manger side, place the slats, one and three-foiirths inches thiek and five inohfis in lpugth, across the stick for the movable slats, and half way acros for the others. Then nail a strip of board, four inches wide and one and one-fourth inches, o ver these places the whole length. This is easier than to mortice the slats in, and just as strong. The movable slats are much better put in this way, as all tha dirt and seed that gets in falls through, and the slats always work loose ; when they are mortieed in the dirt cannot get out, but binds against the edges, and causes the pins to break or the slats to split. The slats Rhould be five inches wide, one and one-fourth inches thick, and four feet feetween the top and the bottoia. The top of the stalls should be four inohfis wide, and three inches thick. Take out of the throe inch manager side for the slats the same as the bottom, allowing fifteeu inches for the slats to open. Now put in the stationary slats, pin them through at the bottom, and pin a strip of board over them at the top three inches wide aud one and one-half inches thick the whole length, and have the top edge as s.traight as possible. Now make a slide three and one-fourth inches in width and one and one-fourth inches thick, the whole length of the stalls. If you cannot get one strip long enough, halva them together at the ends, and put a pin through. Put this slide on the top of the strip pinned on, and fasten the latches to their proper places on this slide. Drive a piece of a nail into the side of tho latches to keep them from "te i luw. jjBt every lourtü Dnnd board extend above the slide two inches, and nail a cleat to it over the slide to keep it its in place. This slide is to be ïnoved with a lever eight or nine feet long, extending out behind the cattle. Fusten a pulley five inches in diameter to one of the blind boards over the slide. Now fasten a small chain to the top of the slide about eighteen inches from the pulley, when the stalls are all open and the latches down. Fetch this chain under the pulley and fasten them all afc once, or fasteu them one at a time when the slide is drawn up. The lever must be fastened when the slide is drawn up, by putting a pin throuirh it. and intn . rn+


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