Aug 31, 2016
Old historic barns have always had a special place in my heart. I’m not sure why. It might be the ingenuity that was required to build this structure with the tools at hand. It might be the grace and strength that these old structures show. It might be the way these buildings where used to it’s fullest potential for many years and the way of life these structures are a symbol of. More then likely, it’s a little of them all.
Things I’ve learned about these old barns over the years:
Early settlers usually built near the road for easy access but some where built far off the road. Why did someone decide to build so far away from the road which made much more work maintaining the lane way in the winter and summer? With the barn and animals closer to the center of the farm, it was quicker to get the animals to all the sections of the farm and it was easier to deliver the harvested crop to the barn as well.
If you notice that the old barns in an area are larger then average, it’s a good chance that the soil in that area is rich. Fertile soil means extra space is needed to store the higher yields and more animals could be raised with the grand harvest.
These barns might be old but they are still very useful. It’s not unusual to see an old barn turned into meeting place for family reunions or weddings. Bank barns are still used for there original purpose too. The McCormick’s Heritage Meats still use their 1888 built barn to raise hogs that they butcher and sell themselves. See their whole story, click on their homestead picture.
Why are old barns painted red? Here is a theory from www.LiveScience.com that sounds pretty solid.
Why Are Barns Traditionally Painted Red?
…. barns weren’t originally red in fact, they weren’t painted at all. The early farmers that settled in New England didn’t have much extra money to spend on paint , so most of their barns remained unpainted. By the late 1700s, farmers looking to shield their barns’ wood from the elements began experimenting with ways to make their own protective paint.
A recipe consisting of skimmed milk, lime and red iron oxide created a rusty-colored mixture that became popular among farmers because it was cheap to make and lasted for years. Farmers were able to easily obtain iron oxide the compound that lends natural red clay its coppery color from soil. Linseed oil derived from flax plants was also used to seal bare wood against rotting, and it stained the wood a dark coral hue.
Farmers also noticed that painting their barns with the homemade paint kept the buildings warmer during the wintertime, since the darker color absorbs the sun’s rays more than plain, tan wood. So red paint spread in popularity due to its functionality and convenience, becoming an American (rural) tradition that continues to this day.
In our rural community, it’s great to see a new barn or shed go up. New buildings show the prosperity and hopefulness of the community. But it would be a shame if all the old barns where torn down. Iowa has the right idea with a foundation that financially helps farm owners restore old barns. Click on the barn to learn more about this foundation and the families that have worked together. Should Ontario have something like this?
As you travel the country side, I invite you to take a second look at that old barn so you can wonder about it’s past and dream of it’s future.
August 24, 2016
By Gilbert VandenHeuvel
You find yourself with the problem of either your family asking/bugging/demanding that it’s time to take a vacation or you’re really busy with work and stuff but deep down you know you need a break from all the regular stuff that is filling up your life. It’s mid August, corn and soybean harvest isn’t too far away, and if you’ve not taken at least a long weekend off, IT’S TIME.
Personally, I grew up in a family that took regular vacations. My parents took them even though they ran two businesses, a construction company and a pig farm. They took time away as a couple and we all went away as a family. Come on, be realistic, your batteries need recharging, you need to experience difference landscapes and you need to make memories with the ones you love.
Below is an excerpt from an article…
7 Reasons Why Everyone Should Take Vacations Even If You’re Busy
Let’s face it, people are more concerned about their jobs and livelihood now more than ever. However in a bid to selfishly guard our time, we lose some important things in our lives. We need to work, yet we need to get off being busy and experience a vacation, too.
1. You reduce your stress
Whether you are experiencing a burnout or are embattled with lots of pressures at work, going on a vacation will dramatically reduce whatever stress you are experiencing.
2. You do your health a lot of good
According to a study by the State University of New York at Oswego, after surveying 12,000 men it was discovered that men who go on vacation reduce their overall risk of soon death by 20 percent.
3. You improve your productivity
According to a survey by Sam’s Club it was discovered that very few small business owners take days off. This caused exhaustion, impatience, poor decision making and illness. You will be helping your work by becoming more productive after taking a vacation.
4. You become more creative afterwards
Vacation provides you with the time to refresh and recharge your brain cells.
5. You become happier
A recent study shows that taking time off actually improves your happiness. According to the study leader, Jeroen Nawijn, it will be better to spread the vacation experience twice or thrice in a year rather than taking one big vacation!
6. You are open to new perspectives
Whether you are going to the beach in a foreign country or driving through the heat of Las Vegas, time from work gives you an excellent time to reflect and open yourself to new possibilities. At such a period away from work you can see the world from a holistic angle rather than a lopsided angle. You could be pushed to read a business book, learn new cultures and change your perspective to one that will help you gain better vision as you return to your every day job.
7. You offer yourself some family or self time
Quality of life is dependent on how you appreciate yourself and those who are around you. It could be with yourself, family or friends; but only vacations from a busy schedule can offer you time to appreciate the people around you. Doing a vacation offers you an opportunity to truly think about those things that matter, whether it is by reflecting or planning, vacation gives you a sense of peace and warmth you will never get in a workplace environment.
To get more of Casey Imafidon’s wisdom go to: http://www.lifehack.org/author/casey-imafidon
Now that I have you convinced you need some time away, what are you going to do? It doesn’t have to be fancy but it does need to be away. Stay-cations don’t count in my book.
Here are some simple ideas to get you started:
Trade houses with a friend of arrange on-line. Just Google something like “house swap holiday” and see what you find.
If you don’t want the busyness of the city or tourist areas, what about a rural holiday? You can find them all over Europe, and this link has ideas for rural Ontario. http://www.ruralist.ca/try-8-unique-places-to-stay-in-rural-ontario/
Camping, hiking, canoeing are all activities you can tailor to your comfort level and still have a great active experience. Just don’t over-plan it and suck all the fun out.
Road Trip! As long as everyone can get along in the vehicle, hitting the road to find all the waterfalls, lighthouses or corny tourist traps can be fun.
Find a last minute flight, cruise or city tourist package. You’ll have some fun and save $$.
No ideas yet? Try going through these questions with your family and see what comes to mind.
Making Family Memories Take time to share and discuss the following questions.
1) What is your favorite childhood memory?
2) What is your favorite family holiday memory?
3) What food represents a special marriage/family memory?
4) What movie represents a special marriage/family memory?
5) What performer/concert/theater event is a special marriage/family memory?
6) What family crisis sparked a special marriage/family memory?
By Bo Prosser
That’s the end of my life lesson today. Ultimately it’s up to you.
Here are some closing words of wisdom:
A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking. ~Earl Wilson
The alternative to a vacation is to stay home and tip every third person you see. ~Author unknown
A vacation trip is one-third pleasure, fondly remembered, and two-thirds aggravation, entirely forgotten. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
August 17, 2016
By Gilbert VandenHeuvel
Many of us are watching the Olympics these days.
It’s strange how the Olympics can make us fans of the strangest sports. When else do we watch anyone on the uneven bars, trampoline or any rowing/kayak events?
We watch this HUGE production and are amazed by the abilities of the human body. How does one make a T while hanging from rings or stay above water while trying to throw a ball into the opponent’s net, all the while being pulled down by your opponents?
Our Canadian athletes have done a great job, especially our women. Why are we surprised, there are a lots of strong women among us. A lot of these strong women come from rural background. The down to earth, hard work the country life gives us will build character of mind and body. Here are a couple professionals with their findings:
Dale Henwood is president and CEO at the Canadian Sport Institute in Calgary. He says there are some main factors that contribute to excellence in an athlete which can sometimes translate to regional excellence. Among them is support, personal drive and access, but also a level of discomfort. He says in some cases, privilege can work against motivation.
“In a Canadian context, we have affluence, and that’s sometime more difficult to work with in sports,” says Henwood. “Here we’re comfortable. I’ve been to places around the globe with world class facilities and no athletes in them, and other places with not-so-great facilities, but they’re in full use.”
While athletes from smaller towns are often seen as underdogs, Henwood thinks they may actually have an advantage. Less competition for practice time on the ice and more access to a coach might help explain why many world class athletes and Olympians emerge from small towns.
A co-author of the studies, Queen’s University’s Jean Côté, attributed the small-town over representation to a number of factors. These include the accessibility of sports role models in little towns, the cultural values placed on sport (think “Hoosiers”), and even the “big fish little pond” effect, which can be a positive reinforcer for young athletes. Dr. Côté also argues that, despite the prevailing notion that kids need to specialize early and immerse themselves in 10,000 hours of repetitive training, small-town athletes excel precisely because they spend more time playing outside of schools and leagues.
“In bigger cities, youth sport is over-organized and over-coached,” Dr. Côté says.
Dr. Côté admits that potential superstars eventually have to move to get superior training, but specialization before age 13 or 14 is more likely to produce a tired-out teen than a Tiger Woods, he says.
Then there’s what might be called the boredom factor. As Jason Campbell once said, in Taylorsville, “you have nothing else to do but sit outside and throw a football at trees.
Examples of these strong small town / rural athletes are:
Rosie MacLennan’s home town is King City, ON (population 4,902) gold in trampoline. Click HERE for her details.
Brianne Theisen-Eaton’s home town is Humbolt, Saskatchewan (population 5,678) bronze in heptathlon which is a combination of 7 track and fiend events. Click HERE for her details.
Hilary Caldwell’s home town is White Rock, BC (population 19,339) bronze in swimming. Click HERE for her details.
Cheers to all those strong country girls out there managing chores on the farm and playing as much of the sports they love with the dream of one day being an Olympian medalist.
August 10, 2016
By Gilbert VandenHeuvel
Brief history of PVC: In 1913, German inventor Friedrich Heinrich August Klatte took out a patent on PVC. His method used polymerization of vinyl chloride with sunlight.
The most significant breakthrough occurred in the United States when the company BFGoodrich hired the industrial scientist Waldo Semon to develop a synthetic replacement for the increasingly costly natural rubber. His experiments again produced polyvinyl chloride. However, the material was threatened by the recession in the 1920s and it was under threat of abandonment that Semon conceived the idea of PVC as a water resistant coating for fabrics. Sales took off quickly with a rapidly expanding product range. Demand accelerated again during the Second World War, when PVC quickly replaced traditional material to insulate wiring on military ships.
You could win some bar bets with the little known fact that plastic was first patented in 1913. Have fun with that bit of info.
Dwyer Mfg has a wide range of metric and imperial PVC fittings and pipe ranging from 1/2″ – 2″ & 32 mm – 90 mm. With a low cost supply and overhead system, Dwyer is able to offer our PVC pipe and fittings for less then local suppliers and popular big box stores. Dwyer’s inventory and pricing is available on our web-store. Click the shopping cart to check it out.
You are welcome to shop online and we will ship it directly to you.
Calling or emailing us with your shopping list works just as well. Your parts can be ready for pick up or shipped to you locally or across the country.
Your shipping costs are low due to a 3rd party broker system we use which searches for the lowest cost shipping option for your specific address among the main courier companies.
Usually PVC plumbing parts are used to deliver liquids or compressed air to a desired location in your home or workplace. PVC works great for that due to its low costs, it’s easy to work with and it’s ability to withstand corrosion in harsh environments.
You already know how to use PVC plumbing in your workplace but what about having some fun with it?
Below are a few interesting projects that aren’t too difficult to build in a few hours. Why not involve the kids and create some memories.
Please be safe using power tools and compressed air. SAFETY NEVER HURTS
#1 POP BOTTLE ROCKET LAUNCHER
There are a number of different types of Pop Bottle Rocket Launchers out there. This one is a nice balance between easy to build and safe to use.
Parts for this launcher build include: (All PVC is schedule 40)
6′ of 1/2″ Schedule 40 pvc pipe (it is sold in 10′ lengths)
1 1/4″ x 1/2″ Bushing
1 1/4″ Coupling
1 1/4″ x 1″ Bushing
1/2″ elbows 2
1/2″ caps 4
1/2″ t’s 3
.453 rim hole tubeless tire valve (auto parts store)
Small bottle pvc cement
1/8″ steel rod 24″ long
2 liter soda bottle
5/32 drill bit
3/32 drill bit
9/16″ drill bit
PVC Cutter or hacksaw
FYI The PVC parts on this list are available at Dwyer Mfg. for $18.38. If you need glue and pipe primer for this and all your other projects, our smallest cans sell for $16.72 for both.
#2 FISHING ROD STORAGE RACK (pictured at top of page)
1/2″ PVC pipe 10 ft; 1/2″ Tee, 6 pcs; 1/2″ elbow, 12 pcs; 1/2″ cross, 3 pcs; 3/4″ pipe straps, 6 pcs; plywood pieces and hardware as needed to attach to ceiling.
Dwyer Mfg’s price for the PVC parts is $24.77
#3, BICYCLE WORK STAND
Some one in your family uses a bicycle and it’ll need repair or cleaning sooner or later. Fixing a bike when it’s leaning against something or upside down is a pain but a professional bike repair stands are expensive, so why not build one from PVC parts.
Get the complete instructions from www.instructables.com by clicking on the picture below.
The list of projects that can be built from PVC goes on and on. Here are a bunch more ideas.
by Gilbert VandenHeuvel
August 4, 2016
During the 6 months I’ve been working at Dwyer Manufacturing a lot has changed, for me and for Dwyer Mfg. My knowledge on multiple feeding systems, plumbing, pumps and various types of agricultural equipment has grown a lot. Dwyer sells a very broad range of equipment so there’s a lot to know, but it’s all good. When I was a farmer, I knew a lot about the equipment we used and paid little attention to the rest, now I’m learning about all the rest.
As mentioned, Dwyer Mfg has changed too. There has been a general organization of inventory so things are easier to find and space created for more merchandise to offer you more choices.
The “Wall of PVC” shows this change easily. With multiple sizes and types of plumbing fittings, things can get out of hand. It’s amazing what some coloured labels and a little time can do.
Ranging from 1/2″ to 2″, we have the PVC pipe and fittings you need.
The Dwyer website has also changed a lot. Information on the lines of feeding systems, flooring, penning, weighing and grinding equipment we sell and service is the foundation of the site.
Shopping when you want is one of the benefits of our web-store, along with the ability to check pricing and availability. The goal is to make it a resource of information and a place to shop when it’s convenient for you, any time of day. After placing your order, shipping is automatically calculated or you can choose to pick it up yourself.
The Dwyer web-store is a place you can order liquid and dry feeding equipment parts, hammer mill parts or shop for tools and multiple types of fasteners and stainless & PVC fittings.
As every experienced shopper knows, finding the clearance rack is job 1. Dwyer web-store has a clearance section too. Click on the graphic below to see the hose clamps (3/8″ – 4″ hose) and PVC faucet we have clearance priced as quantities last.
Good prices can be found at Dwyer in more places then the Clearance section.
Drill Bits are everyday priced to sell.
The shop staff here at Dwyer Mfg use the same drill bits we sell, so you know they are of high quality.
Quality Walter drill bits are all we use and sell, ready to drill multiple materials including stainless steel.
Not only are they tough, they are priced right. With lower overhead, we can price our bits for less then Home Depot.
Sizes ranging from 1/16″ – 1/2″ are in stock, ready to go. Sold individually or in sets.
July 27, 2016
By: Gilbert VandenHeuvel
Another long weekend is fast approaching. Do you have plans or do you need some inspiration for something to do with friends and family?
You don’t have to drive far to have an enjoyable long weekend outing. There are lots of summery things to do close to home.
Here’s a list of a few that come to mind.
Enjoy and be safe.
With the short amount of time we get to enjoy the hot sun, going to the beach is an obvious thing to do.
To find that great beach you’ve never visited here is a link to the best beaches of the Great Lakes:
To find a quieter beach closer to home try:
Port Albert and the the Port Albert General Store’s great food. link to Port Albert General Store
Black’s Point Beach (3 km south of Goderich) is definitely a rural beach. It’s not managed or trimmed but it’s quiet unique atmosphere is something your family will enjoy discovering. Here is link to Swim Guide for Black’s Point Beach along with a map. Link to The Swim Guide
Sunset Beach is another Goderich area beach that not too many people know about. Travel north of Goderich on #21, turn west/left on Sunset Beach Road all the way to the end and you’ll find a beach on the other side of the sand dune.
Goderich Historic Jail
If it’s an evening you looking to fill try visiting the historic jail in Goderich. Any day it’s a great view into the past, but if you go Tuesday or Thursday at 7 pm you’ll get the inside story from actors playing roles of various residents and staff at the Historic GAOL.
I’ve done this myself last year and thoroughly enjoyed learning about the way of life and workings of the institution. FYI, the craftsmanship of the stone and iron is amazing. Ask lots of questions and have fun.
Little know facts:
The jail was built 1939 – 1942 using stone from the Maitland River and some from Michigan.
It ended it’s service more recently then most would think, 1972
The last Canadian public hanging occurred here in 1869
Steven Truscott was held here in 1959
This was designed as temporary housing for criminals but someone with conditions like Down Syndrom or Tourettes could end up there since the society of the times didn’t know what else to do with them
my home is made from the left over stone from the jail, really.
Ice Cream Tour:
Summer is always a good time to enjoy ice cream. Be sure to stop in at your local ice cream shop like the Walton General Store.
Huron Kinloss has a list of local ice cream shops for your enjoyment. FYI, Holyrood has been reported to be the best. Link to the Ice Cream Trail
Sunday July 31 from 12:30 to 4:30, the Walton Raceway is the place to be for lots of flying mud.
link for details: Walton Race Way
For a sample video of this spring’s fun: Walton Mud Bog
The dry weather hasn’t let the corn grow too tall, but a maze and all the other activities will keep your family entertained.
Wagon Wheel Produce and Corn Maze, Simcoe Wagon Wheel website
By: Gilbert VandenHeuvel
July 20, 2016
Living and working on a farm has a certain charm to it. It’s unlike any other way of life.
The independence is fulfilling and daunting at the same time, the hands-on work lets you see exactly what you did at the end of the day and often makes your muscles ache.
Being a Food Producer has been an honour for me, I hope you see the importance of feeding the world as a calling as well.
Just like every job, every day isn’t a joy. Some are great, like seeing the newly emerging corn at sunrise, the smell of newly cut hay or a newly born animal walking for the first time, but other days seem to drag on and on making you wonder why you got up this morning.
Weather you believe farming is a way of life or strictly a business, it influences who you are. You develop patterns and habits that you think are normal.
I have news for you, Your Not Normal.
Don’t worry though, being normal is not something to be desired. Be yourself, be unique, be a FARMER!
The metal of a farmer is aptly described in this video:
Here is a list of actions that show that you have farmer in your blood, how many fit you or a farmer you know?
You know your a farmer when:
Having lunch in the field is as close to a picnic as you get.
You’ve used the line, “Sorry I have to do chores”, to get out of a bad date.
You see a good looking person in a truck and only check out the truck
“Lacey” or “Frilly” refers to a farm animal but not your nightgown
You’ve never thrown away a pail
Quality time with your hubby means you’ll have a flashlight in one hand and grabbing tools with the other.
You wear specific hats to farm sales, livestock auctions, and holidays.
“Sharing a cab” has nothing to do with a taxi and everything to do with the kids spending time with Dad or Grandpa.
You have used a chain saw to remodel your house
You can remember the fertilizer rate, herbicide rate and yields on a farm you rented 10 years ago, but cannot recall your wife’s birthday
Family weddings and special events are planned around sowing and harvest time.
Your family instantly becomes silent when the weather comes on the news
You consider designer clothes to have labels like “Massey Ferguson”, “Ford” and “John Deere”
You and your dog use the same tree
You buy your Christmas presents at the hardware/feed store
You consider a three piece suit to be coveralls, jacket and a cap
You give directions to your home by including the type and size of trees, and the breed of the cows located in the field and big rocks.
Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor
July 12, 2016
by: Gilbert VandenHeuvel
At Dwyer Manufacturing we’ve been working hard at providing high quality products, sourced from near and far, and equipment that is built right here in our manufacturing facility.
But it’s not enough to have the right merchandise waiting for you to pick up, it also important to make it available to you in a convenient way.
Your order can be received via fax, email or phone as always but if you would like to see what we have in stock and base your order from that, our on-line store is ready to go.
Dwyer’s on-line store is open 24/7 to receive your order or even just show you what we have available in our extensive inventory.
It’s your choice to either have your order ready for pick-up or shipped.
Shipping costs will be calculated based on the shipping address provided. Your order will be processed in a timely manner and shipped in a few working day.
Items that are available on our on-line shop are:
PVC plumbing, Metric and Imperial
Stainless Steel plumbing fittings from 1/8″ – 2″
Stainless Steel fasteners: screws, hex bolts, wood and concrete lag bolts
Dwyer hammer mill parts
Daltec dry feeding system parts
Big Dutchman liquid feeding system parts
Customizable BBQ tools
Coming soon are: Hilti tools, shop accessories, SST hinges and latches, SST pipe hangers and straps
By Gilbert VandenHeuvel
Most of Ontario’s residents might be living inside a large city, but small town Ontario is the soul of the province.
Here is some rural food for thought:
Clearly, then, the city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo. ~Desmond Morris,The Human Zoo
How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and of oil, growing, working, dying, with hardly a thought of wind, and sky, and fields of grain, seeing only machine-made beauty, the mineral-like quality of life? ~Charles A. Lindbergh, Reader’s Digest, November 1939
Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values…. God made life simple. It is man who complicates it. ~Charles A. Lindbergh, Reader’s Digest, July 1972
If you can’t tell, I was born and raised and still live near a small town, if you where too, you’ll be able to relate to this:
Rural Ontario Facts:
Together, Huron and Perth Counties have the same annual agricultural gross reciepts as the 4 eastern provinces, PEI, NfL, NS and NB, combined! $1.6 billion
The population of Southwestern Ontario is projected to grow from 1.61 million in 2015 to 1.78 million in 2041, an increase of 10.8 per cent. Growth rates within Southwestern Ontario vary, with Middlesex and Oxford growing fastest (24.5 and 13.7 per cent respectively). The populations of Lambton, Huron and Chatham-Kent are projected to decline over the 2015–2041 period.
The winter might be long and at times a little boring but it’s a great way to grow up.
We all find ways to occupy our time. How many of these did / are you doing?
9 Things To Do In A Small Town, Megan Aliva
Enjoying life in a town where the night life is non-existent and fun is few and far between.
Another Ontario Pork Congress is Done and Dusted.
Over the two days we talked to lots of people with a variety of interests. Many where producers looking for the new items that will help them do their job easier, faster or more accurately. We talked to lots of industry support people such as veterinarians, feed company reps and other agricultural suppliers.
For Dwyer we had three groups of equipment that seemed to be of most interest to our visitors
Stainless Steel Hammer Mills and Stainless Steel Bin Unloaders and accessories.
BDSwing farrowing crate
Sow Group Housing equipment: computerized feeding station and free access sow crate
Below is lots of information on these products. For more details, call us at Dwyer Manufacturing.
One of Dwyer MFG’s unique strengths is manufacturing with stainless and keeping the price reasonable. Products made from stainless last and last but our prices stay low due to selling direct from us, the manufacturer, to you, the end user. No middle-men to add cost to the product.
The Dwyer Hammer Mill has been on the market for the last 20 years, with steady improvements along the way. These units can not only be found on farms grinding a variety of products, they are also used in many industrial settings.
Customized hub assures even wear to hammers and consistent particle size.
Replacement parts are always in stock and can be purchased on-line now.
With units ranging from 10 – 30 HP and custom loading or unloading available, there is a Dwyer Hammer Mill suited to your needs.
Dwyer Stainless Bin Unloaders and auger accessories are new to the market. Galvanized products work fine when they’re new, but soon they rust and start letting moisture in. Stainless units don’t rust, so your sure to get years of worry free use with the price being about the same as a galvanized unit. Accessories are available to allow these hoppers to work with 300 – 500 series flex augurs, 4″ – 6″ rigid augers, double augers and through-bin situations.
If you want to work smarter not harder, Stainless Bin Unloaders is the way to go.
Flexible Farrowing System
BDSWING offers easy management, sow comfort, and safety for the piglets.
Piglet safety – Your piglets will have a more defined area for comfort and safety
Sow comfort – Adjustable space for any size gilt or parity sow
FLEXSPACE – Multiple configurations to meet any space requirement
Easy Space – Many features to make management easy to reduce labor
BDSWING is the ideal crate for a complete farrowing pen solution to reduce labor time, increase piglet livability and sow comfort.
Examples of sow space adjustment and ideal creep area for piglets.
With the worldwide movement for individual sow housing to group housing, Dwyer Mfg is offering two products to meet the needs of the producers wanting to manage sows in groups and maintain production levels: CallMatic 2 Electronic Sow Feeding Station and Free Access Sow Stalls
Why group housing?
Growing concern for animal welfare, demanding that sows are no longer confined to gestation stalls, will be turning into legislation all over the world
It allows the sows freedom of movement, social interaction and much more comfort
With proper management, sows enjoy better health and robustness and will thus show excellent performance
Electronic Sow Feeding
Pen Gestation with CallMatic 2 Electronic Sow Feeding (ESF)
CallMatic 2 is the most advanced automatic feeding system for sows kept in groups (pen gestation), which provides true individual animal nutrition.
Pen Gestation with CallMatic 2 ESF
One station feeds up to 60 sows in one group.
Sows carry RFID ear tags, so they can be identified by the feeding station to receive their individual feed ration.
Each station has its own controller, but all stations can be monitored and controlled from the central PC.
Technical Features and Advantages
Direct access to ALL data at each station!
Very robust feeding station
Solid side partitions allow undisturbed feed intake and are removable for emergency opening
Stations can be customized to fit individual requirements
A shutter flap on the trough helps train and guide sows to eat or leave the station
Manual operation of feed station at any time
Very precise feed metering
Two hoppers per station for 2 different diets
Mineral dispenser for additives or meds for individually flagged sows
Color-marking unit with up to 3 colors
Automatic selection to sort out sows due to farrow etc.
Free Access Stalls
Pen Gestation with Free-access Stalls
Sows can move freely in the group but are fed in stalls.
The HD Free-access stalls close automatically when the sow enters the stall and are again opened by the sow, when she wants to leave the stall.
Sows can move freely
All sows have a separate stall to be fed individually and without stress.
No training required
Stalls can be locked separately, from the front or back of the stall or in groups
The stall is easily accessible with walk-through door
Features of the HD stall:
The heavy-duty stall is made of 1” hot-dip galvanized steel tubing
The solid 1.1” diameter hot-dip galvanized feet ensure a long service life
Dimensions: 2.30 m (8ft) long and 620 mm (24.4”) wide
Adjustable spring tension operation for easy sow entry/exit;
The rear door can only be unlocked from the exiting sow;
Bolted head to head stalls are also available.
June 20, 2016
This week is Hog Wild week in Stratford!
◦To bring together all segments of the pork industry in order to showcase the technologies, services, wares, products, programs and related resources.
To get that done there are two events:
Show Dates: June 22 – 23th 2016 , 10 am – 5 pm
Cost of Admission: $15.00 per adult admission, children under 16 are free when accompanied by an adult.
Location the Congress : Stratford Rotary Complex, 353 McCarthy Road Stratford Ontario, Canada N5A 6W1
Phone: (519) 272-1532 or email email@example.com
3 Days of great music and ribs!
A weekend of fun for everyone of all ages.
PERFORMANCES BY: TBA
Award Winning Ribs & Food Trucks
Vintage Car Show
Full Contact Roller Derby Games
Dwyer Manufacturing is preparing to be part of the Hog Wild Week as a vendor at the Pork Congress.
The guys are strapping down the loads to set up our booth display today and tomorrow.
We will be ready to show off our products June 22nd and 23rd at the Pork Congress.
New this year
Stainless Steel Unloaders and accessories
Stop fighting your rusty / leaky bin unloaders, invest in stainless unloaders made at Dwyer Mfg. Only stainless hardware used on this system that can be adapted to fit up to 5″ flex auger and 6″ rigid auger sizes.
Daltec’s new feed dispenser will be on display this year. With less moving parts and a large access door, it shows promise for being easier to service and has a smaller price tag.
Enjoy your Hog Wild Week.
June 14, 2016
Another tie or pair of socks just don’t seem right, get something he’ll enjoy using for years to come.
Either Custom BBQ tools or Hilti Cordless Tools would make a great Father’s Day Gift.
Dads love to BBQ, and they need the right tools. Dwyer MFG custom makes flippers and forks for real men. And we can customize them too.
Prices: Flipper: Plain – $49, customized – $69
Fork: Plain – $39, customized – $59
Hilti Tools are widely considered the best in the industry by the pros who use them every day.
Dwyer is offering a couple kits that will make a great gift for that deserving Father.
Dad’s, forward this to the kids so they’ll get it for you.
This kit includes a Heavy Duty Hammer Drill TE4-A18
2 batteries, charger, Hilti lubricant, cleaning cloth
1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″ Hilti concrete bits
Priced at $650. (savings of $190)
Find specs HERE
This kit includes:
reciprocating saw WSR 18-A (click for specs)
Screw / hammer Drill SFH 18-A (click for specs)
Flash Light SFL 18-A (click for specs)
Heavy Duty Case
The goat industry is enjoying renewed popularity in Ontario.
• Between 2006 and 2011, the number of goats in Ontario has increased from 76,114 to 116,260. This represents an increase by 52.75%.
• Ontario has 225 licensed dairy goat farms.
Dwyer Manufacturing offers high quality products as part of a successful / healthy Goat farm.
Dwyer offers 2 housing products that will allow excellent cleanliness between groups to increase your heard health and increase production in the long run.
Mik Plastic Flooring and Norlock PVC penning and wall material.
MIK Plastic Flooring: Stepper – nubs on top make hooves stop!
The Stepper was especially developed for sheep and goats. Its new kind of surface structure provides the very best traction and stability. The Stepper shines with its high stability and durability.
MIK’s easy cleaning properties excel compared to porous concrete that harbors disease caring pathogens.
Lock together slats and Stainless steel or fiberglass supports make for an efficient set up and easy installation that you can do or Dwyer Mfg can install it for you in a new or exciting facility.
Norlock Penning and Wall Product Benefits:
- Bright white to lighten your rooms
- Tight fitting tongue and groove
- hang heavy items from it
- Do not need wood inside to add strength
- Cut your doors right out of the wall
- No waste
- Comes in two widths
- Does not hold bacteria
- Product of Canada
- High impact testing
Dwyer Manufacturing can customize and install flooring, penning and stainless steel posts to make your farm as trouble free and productive as it can be.
Call us for a quote on partial or turn-key installation.
Ontario Goat milk is collected by milk brokers and sent to processors to be made into cheese, yogurt, ice cream, fluid milk, butter fat and powdered milk.
Ontario Goat estimates that about 40 million liters of fluid goat milk are being produced annually in the province
To see a goat milking parlor and explanation of the different parts, click HERE.
Quick Canadian Goat Facts
DID YOU KNOW…?
- Goats are finicky eaters that take a lot of time to search out the best snacks. They will often stand on their hind legs to reach the best part of foliage that may be out of reach of sheep.
- Goats are often used as companions for horses. The saying “Got Your Goat” refers to the theft of a racehorse’s companion goat before a race, with the intention of upsetting the horse and possibly affecting the outcome of the race.
- Goats are very social animals that make great pets and companions for other livestock.
- To most people in North America, the term milk is synonymous with cow milk; but on a worldwide basis, more people drink goat milk than milk from cows.
- For a complete list of Ontario Goat facts click HERE.
A MIG welder is a staple at most welding shops, as it is here at Dwyer Manufacturing.
Here’s a brief history of MIG welding:
Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding is a welding process in which an electric arc forms between a consumable wire electrode and the workpiece metal(s), which heats the workpiece metal(s), causing them to melt and join.
Along with the wire electrode, a shielding gas feeds through the welding gun, which shields the process from contaminants in the air.
Originally developed for welding aluminum and other non-ferrous materials in the 1940s, MIG welding was soon applied to steels because it provided faster welding time compared to other welding processes. The cost of inert gas limited its use in steels until several years later, when the use of semi-inert gases such as carbon dioxide became common. Further developments during the 1950s and 1960s gave the process more versatility and as a result, it became a highly used industrial process. Today, MIG is the most common industrial welding process, preferred for its versatility, speed and the relative ease of adapting the process to robotic automation. Unlike welding processes that do not employ a shielding gas, such as shielded metal arc welding, it is rarely used outdoors or in other areas of air volatility.
Most of us have seen a welder operate, but have you seen it in super slow motion?
Enjoy this clip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRIGks3gxG0