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Bendable fence post

A new flexible fence post from Pivotal Fencing Systems takes the time and hassle out of using a center pivot irrigation system across electric fencing.

The bendable, electric post is attached to a heavy spring. When the wheel of the irrigation system rolls across electric fence wire, the post bends over and then springs back up.

The post is designed for cattle-grazing systems where pasture is grown under a center pivot irrigation system. The irrigated circle may be fenced into grazing cells because the sprinkler moves over the wires without any help from the producer.

The post is a ⅞-in. solid fiberglass rod that is 30 in. long and predrilled for wire attachment. The post is mounted on a cast aluminum base and a removable spring. To help the sprinkler drive over the electric wire, a Pivotal Fencing Systems wire diverter must be mounted to the sprinkler tower basebeam. The diverter keeps the wire from catching on the sprinkler's drive line, boxes, etc.

The company recommends using high-tensile, 12½-gauge smooth wire that is free of kinks and splices. Barbed wire will not slide through the fasteners. The wire does not stretch and break because a spring-and-ratchet assembly installed at the end of each wire provides proper tension when the sprinkler pulls it to the ground.

Full list price for a post is $49.95. Volume discounts may apply. Contact Pivotal Fencing Systems, Dept. FIN, 10092 County Rd. 36, Yuma, CO 80759, 970/848-5500, visit or Bulk bag system

A new bulk bag system from Easy Automation makes handling feed bags easier. The new system features a ring adapter bottom for easy attachment of the common bulk-bin-style auger boots and augers. It is designed as an add-on to the EAI 3000 micro-ingredient system.

Contact Easy Automation Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 412, Welcome, MN 56181, 800/397-9736, or

2,000+ hoops in Iowa

The low-cost hoop buildings that first appeared in the mid-1990s now number 2,100 in Iowa, according to a survey by Iowa State University (ISU). These popular, tentlike structures generally are used as an inexpensive means of raising hogs.

Although hoop buildings are devoid of the high-tech features found in confinement units, ISU researchers say the hoops provide a good environment for pigs. In 1997, The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at ISU formed a research team called the Hoop Group to study the hoop buildings. In a recent release, the Hoop Group reports no major differences in annual feed intake, growth rate, feed efficiency and mortality between pigs in the hoop structures and pigs in confinement systems.

Easy stapling

Cut the time it takes to staple a wire fence with the new Ag Stapler from Ag Staple Technologies. The new stapler weighs less than 4 lbs. and holds up to 48 steel staples in one load. To use the stapler, you position it over the wire, and with one hammer strike, the staple is driven into position. It can be changed for right- or left-hand operation and works with barbed and high-tensile wires.

Price: $119.95. Contact Ag Staple Technologies, Dept. FIN, 715 E. Ave. A, Hutchinson, KS 67501, 620/662-4686, or

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