Making a profit in cattle production often depends less on the money you bring in and more on keeping the money from going out.

John Glanzer of Delmont, SD, saves money by making his own feed troughs.

He recycles 10-inch PVC pipe by splitting it lengthwise to make two 5-inch deep troughs. He then makes legs and leg braces out of scrap 1/2-inch pipe. He uses bolts and washers to attach the legs to the half pipe. The ends of the trough are then blocked by cutting wood to fit and setting screws from the outside, through the pipe, and into the wood blocks.