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I was approached today with a contract offer for 22 hog houses owned by Murphy Brown LLC... Anyone dealt with anything like this before? Anything I should probably NEED to know? The contract is for backup generator installations and preventive maintenance... Thanks........
 

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Vick's VapoRub for your nose. Pig farms are one step up from piles of rotting carcasses.
 

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If your afraid of that, don't go bid mink farm work. They eat what pigs won't.
We have done a ton of mink farm work. You are right you better have a strong stomach. Its even better at harvest time, dead mink in open top 55gal drums sitting out in the sun.:sick::sick:
 

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Hogs are also real susceptible to disease. I hope you like showers and footbaths.
 

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Don't forget about the inevitable. Any time you drop anything small more times than not you will be standing over the pit and it will fall perfectly between the slats. Every flippin' time!
 

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I was approached today with a contract offer for 22 hog houses owned by Murphy Brown LLC... Anyone dealt with anything like this before? Anything I should probably NEED to know? The contract is for backup generator installations and preventive maintenance... Thanks........
Ive worked with several guys who did hog farms. One guy work for an EC who did all of Hog Slates Inc. stuff.

Dont know first hand, but they all had the same story. Dirty Nasty work, usually 2-3 hrs away from where you are, but lots of $$$$$. From what I understand you could become rich doing this type of work.

You would need a few full time guys to do this, this is not for one man shows.
 

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Morally I never would unless it was free range pork farm. Animals locked in sheds their entire lives makes me phucking angry.
 

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Sounds like a good opportunity. We do work on a few crop farms and dairies and they always have something going on or coming down the pipe.

On top of that, I was raised on a dairy, so I don't even notice the smell anymore....;)

Don't forget, farmers talk. Doing good by one might mean you end up working for more....
 

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Sounds like a good opportunity. We do work on a few crop farms and dairies and they always have something going on or coming down the pipe.

On top of that, I was raised on a dairy, so I don't even notice the smell anymore....;)

Don't forget, farmers talk. Doing good by one might mean you end up working for more....
Dairy is a huge improvement over pigs!!
 

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Dairy is a huge improvement over pigs!!
Maybe it is, we don't have pig farms over here....

I know I still get cowcrap all over me, my ladders and my tools on a regular basis. Plus the cows like to lick my ladders and knock stuff over anytime I turn my back.

That reminds me, I'll make a recommendation. The best I've owned, bar none:

http://www.muckbootcompany.com
 

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I lived in Ohio for years and driving near a pig farm was a real workout for the olfactory nerves. They built a housing development in the farmland and the new buyers were upset that life "in the country" really stunk when the wind blew in the right direction.
 

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Maybe it is, we don't have pig farms over here....

I know I still get cowcrap all over me, my ladders and my tools on a regular basis. Plus the cows like to lick my ladders and knock stuff over anytime I turn my back.

That reminds me, I'll make a recommendation. The best I've owned, bar none:

http://www.muckbootcompany.com
We do a fair amount of ag work too and I know what you mean. Nothing like dragging your cords through it and tracking it up and down your ladders. Sooner or later it gets smeared on your clothes.
 

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New construction hog confinements aren't bad, actually, I like em. They are out in the middle of nowhere, quiet, and plenty of different parts of the project to do. If you are decent understanding controls, have the manpower, and can work many hours, have at it.
Service calls, and working in running hog confinements in general isn't all that bad, you just need some time to get used to it. After a while, the smell is ignored (not for your family, however, they will always smell it on you, your clothes, your truck, your tools, and every time you cook a porkchop, the smell comes back a little).
Disease control is a BIG deal. You shower to get into the running buildings, wear there clothes and boots, disinfect your tools, and then do the same on the way out.
All in all, not a bad deal and everybody can make good money. Don't bite your fingernails.....
From Iowa, the pig capital of the world.
 

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Don't forget about the inevitable. Any time you drop anything small more times than not you will be standing over the pit and it will fall perfectly between the slats. Every flippin' time!

Nah, it hits the slats and bounces up at an angle that my brain says, "I can catch that..." but then my body's reaction time is too slow and while I try to catch what I dropped, five other little things fly out of the little box and fall perfectly between the slats.
 

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Are there any must have tools for this type of work? I generally do power quality, light commercial and residential.
 

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I lived in Ohio for years and driving near a pig farm was a real workout for the olfactory nerves. They built a housing development in the farmland and the new buyers were upset that life "in the country" really stunk when the wind blew in the right direction.
My first experience with a hog CAFO was in Ohio too. I had the bright idea that I wanted to go and see what it looked like...I got within about 10 feet and that's all I could take before I felt myself involuntarily wanting to hurl. I asked the farmer who owned it how he could stand the smell and he said he doesn't notice it. :blink:
 

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Are there any must have tools for this type of work? I generally do power quality, light commercial and residential.
Get a dedicated set of clothing just for this environment. You smell it the worst when you step out of the shower and it's on your dirty clothing!!
 
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