A remote-controlled cart can help producers remove hog carcasses from buildings without the risk of personal injury.

Robert Spencer Enterprises displayed the Rite Weigh remote-controlled carcass cart. The cart is designed to help remove dead hogs and sows from pens, alleys, gestation stalls or farrowing crates. A remote-controlled winch is run by its own power source. The carcass cart is powered by a rechargeable marine battery.

A solid, trough bed is positioned on a welded, solid-rod frame to help ease loading and unloading, according to Robert Spencer. Three reclining positions are possible with the trough. The cart features pneumatic wheels, swivel casters and four-ply tires. It can be moved both backward and forward.

A four-point anchor system helps stabilize the unit for pulling. Craig Christensen and Lee Johnston asked what to do if there wasn't a crate, rafter or building support beam on which to anchor the cart. Spencer replied the cart can be pulled closer to the animal, and the animal helps stabilize the cart. Spencer says the cart can pull carcasses weighing up to 700 lb. The unit can pull animals at a 90 angle if necessary.

The Rite Way cart features 50 ft. of 71/432-in. aircraft cable with a choker-style cable end. The cable reels in at a rate of 15 ft./min.

Christensen asked about the likelihood of the unit tipping when a large animal is hoisted to the top of the trough. Spencer said the animal is pulled into alignment on the trough as the cable is reeling in. So by the time the animal's weight reaches the top of the cart, tipping is not a big concern.

The remote-controlled sow-size cart sells for $1,535. A manual version is available for $635, and a smaller cart for market hogs sells for $235.

Steve Hoff liked the cart because he says most potential problem areas seemed to have been accounted for by the solid, sturdy construction.

Richard Collins notes the cart could help reduce worker injury rates. "It can be a real problem if you are a 150-lb. person and you need to get a dead sow out of a crate," he relates. "This product could help make that task safer for producers and employees regardless of size."

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