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Expanded Cattle Guard Crossing

The cattle guard on one side of my farm is too narrow for today’s farm equipment, so I buried a 2⅞ ID pipe to one side of the guard. When it’s time to harvest crops, I put a 2⅞ OD pipe in the buried pipe, put up the wires, and turn the cows in. The cover (plug) I made keeps dirt out of the buried pipe. The larger opening also keeps heavy harvest loads off the cattle guard. I did weld some anchors to the buried pipe. 

Bill Mueller of Kimball, Nebraska

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