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“By rotating the horses through the sections, we discovered that they keep the grass just the way we like it and, as a result, we never have to cut the hay,” Becker says.


But there is plenty of other work to do in caring for the horses, and the purchase of a 30-horsepower Bobcat®


made chores much easier for the 67-year- old retired electrician.


“For the past 10 years I have relied on an old tractor (vintage 1941) to keep up with the work, but it was becoming increasingly diffi cult, as you might imagine with a machine that old,” Becker says. “We had to do many of the jobs manually because of the limitations of the tractor.”


Tractor upgrade


With the need for an upgrade, and especially a front-end loader, about a year ago Becker looked at several options. After seeing a Bobcat compact tractor at a trade show, he checked out the lineup at Bobcat of Big Sky in Billings.


“The company I worked for, and later became a part-owner of, had always operated Bobcat skid-steer loaders,” Becker recalls. “We were very satisfi ed with the performance of the loaders. When I looked at Bobcat compact tractors, I liked them better than the other machines I considered — a nice package with a good engine, sturdy frame, good visibility and a lot of operator-friendly features.”


Gary chose the CT230, a popular model that has the power to handle tough jobs while small enough to work in limited- access areas.


One of those areas is inside the three-year- old barn. It has six stalls for horses and a section for equipment storage. Becker drives the CT230 up to each stall, cleans out the manure, piles it in the front-end loader, delivers it to the pasture, tips the bucket and distributes the manure.


“It saved us from having to buy a manure spreader,” he says. “We scatter the horse manure with a 3-point hitch harrow.”


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“We were very satisfi ed with the performance of the loaders. When I looked at Bobcat compact tractors, I liked them better than the other machines I considered — a nice package with a good engine, sturdy frame, good visibility and a lot of operator-friendly features.” — Gary Becker


EARLY FALL 2011 | WorkSaver Homeowner with Acreage 11


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