new on the range Here’s some good news for all you fans of feeding cattle under cover, especially our northern-tier friends. ClearSpan™ Fabric Structures, the industry leading manufacturer of tension fabric buildings, offers a new structural solution, the MonoSlope Building, providing a new and improved take on traditional cattle buildings. This structure provides users with all the benefits of a sloped cattle building, but features a number of design additions and benefits that can streamline any cattle operation and help increase profitability. The sloped roof features a shorter eave that stands 14 feet tall and a taller eave that ranges in height from 25 feet to 30 feet, depending on the size of the building. With the taller eave facing south, the design helps to keep livestock warm during the winter and provides cooling shade during the summer. Monoslope Buildings also include a feeding aisle that is 20 feet wide and an adjustable curtain that can be used to enclose the back wall, providing protection from harsh 20 | WORKING RANCH | MARCH 2016 weather. Designs can house between 250 and 1,000 head of cattle, and buildings come as large as 100 feet wide by 560 feet long. Each building is constructed from a triple-galvanized, corrosion resistant steel frame and covered by durable metal roofing and siding. The Monoslope Building includes an industry-leading 50-year warranty on the frame and 25- year warranty on the roofing and siding. For more information, visit www.clearspan.com or call 866-643-1010. CATTLE COVER THIS SLING’S THE THING Here’s a new idea from the respected animal care experts over at Double D Family Mat Shop in Park, Kansas. The patent-pending Double D Sled ‘n Sling is a solid rubber sheet half an inch thick, with a lifting bar and chain loops on each end. You can move a downed cow by rolling the animal onto the rubber sling, and either pull the sling out of the area as a sled or lift it up as a sling using a skid-steer loader. The simple design makes it easy to use and store. It features stainless steel bolts and heavy duty D-rings. “The Sled ‘n Sling is light enough to be easily positioned and provides tie down areas so that an animal can be moved without worry of additional injury,” said Dee Griffin, DVM, of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center. For more information visit slednsling.com or call 1-888-377-2879. SOMETHING SPECIAL IN GREEN OK, all you Gator fans, listen up… John Deere is offering a new utility vehicle geared towards crop and livestock producers who work long days and nights, and require additional storage to keep their tools organized and easily accessible. The XUV 825i Special Edition Gator features two integrated cargo toolboxes, plus LED roof lights for added visibility. The two cargo boxes are situated on the driver and passenger side of the 50 hp., 812 cc XUV 825i Special Edition vehicle. The driver’s side box opens from the top and has two divided compartments with a removable tray. The passenger side box opens from the side and features one open compartment. Both toolboxes boast 75 lb. capacity. The special edition Gator also features two integrated LED roof lights, which produce 74 percent more lumens than equivalent halogen work lights and last 250 times longer. In addition to the special edition package, the heavy-duty model is outfitted with power steering, a deluxe cargo box with polyurea liner, integrated brake and taillights, and an Operator Protective Structure (OPS) with nets. The vehicle is also equipped with yellow alloy rims and Maxxis® Bighorn tires. A power and front protection package includes power lift, a heavy-duty front brush guard and fender guard, along with floor mats. Inside the cab the XUV 825i is outfitted with a yellow bench seat. The 2016 XUV 825i Special Edition Gator is now available for purchase with a $16,799 USD list price. Product quantities are limited, so visit your local John Deere dealer or www.JohnDeere.com/Gator to learn more.
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