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Reach for the fork that saves time and trouble

Our Solution to easier cleaning

A primer on picking and shaking 

A better way to collect manure

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Reach for the fork that saves time and trouble

     You can save time and steps with a self cleaning fork.  At our Andalusian Ranch research facility we have 12 to 16 horses to pick up after, several times a day.  Experience has shown us that by using the motorized Shake'n Fork we spend HALF the time per stall that we did with a conventional fork.  Just as important, we found our shavings use also dropped by about half, requiring far fewer trips to the store to purchase more.  Additionally, the resulting manure pile was much smaller and the quality of the compost far improved.  More efficient cleaning means fewer trips with the wheelbarrow and less wear and tear to your body as well.  We were surprised at the physical aches and pains that seemed to disappear once we used this fork.  The resulting cleaner stalls made for healthier, happier horses, and more time to spend enjoying them too!

Imagine life without electric tools

It is hard to imagine life without electric tools. From hair clippers to electric drills and vacuum cleaners, there is a motorized version available.  Given a choice, don't we always choose the efficiency of electricity?  Just think of clipping your horse with scissors...  Of course a good set of electric clippers costs 10 times what scissors do, but the benefits more than make up for the price.  There are currently commercial vibrating stall cleaners, but they cost thousands of dollars more and require rolling them into the stall like a wheelbarrow, and then emptying an additional muck bucket.  They may also require that the horse be removed from the stall to clean.  In contrast, the motorized Shake'n Fork is made for any size facility, even with only one horse.  The fork head basket is slightly larger than conventional forks.  This larger basket allows for fewer trips to the manure cart.  The Flex'n Fork is constructed with modern materials and weighs only 1.5 pounds!  Of course the motorized version weighs more, but the weight is carefully distributed so it does not feel heavy on the basket end.  Even with batteries and motor, the Shake'n Fork CF weighs LESS than a Wonderfork(tm).  With the Shake'n fork there is no manual sifting and with special care as to balance and feel, it certainly works easier than any big basket fork.  The push button switch is positioned on the bottom of a comfortable ergonomic grip, eliminating wrist fatigue too!  It has rechargeable batteries, so no extension cords are needed.  It is quieter than a pair of clippers, and since horses are not bothered by its sound they can stay in the stall while cleaning is accomplished.


A primer on picking and shaking

     Picking up after horses is hard work.  One or two horses can be maintained pretty easily, but by time you have three or more, you are going to be dedicating some serious effort to cleaning.  Some folks use a manure fork (pickers), while others use a shovel and a rake (scoopers).  The Shake'n Fork powered manure fork is for barn stall cleaning where the bedding shavings need to be separated from the manure.  When cleaning stalls bedded with shavings, the common technique was to pick up the combination of shavings and manure and then by manually bouncing the fork, attempt to separate the manure balls and shavings.  Cleaning a stall takes many repetitive actions, especially towards the end, where there were many shavings and only a few bits of manure remaining.  Cleaning stalls in this fashion was especially frustrating because the road apples, being round, tended to roll out of the fork, requiring another scoop to collect it all.  To make our job easier we tried many different products, from bigger forks to stall bedding sifters.  In the end, none of them could beat the light weight and simplicity of using a multi tined shavings fork.  We chose to improve on this system, resulting in the development of the patented, motorized Berto Shake'n Fork.

On the other hand, there are times where manure must be collected, such as turnouts or pastures, but it is not mixed with shavings and does not need to be agitated. This is what the Flex'n Fork was designed for.

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The difficulty of stable cleaning

     Since cleaning manure was such a difficult chore for us, imagine the total effort it must take for the entire industry to pick clean yup after the horses in their care.  This is what we found.

     In the USA there are 1 to 2 million horses that are stabled in stalls where shavings or sawdust are used as bedding.  A horse produces approximately 30 pounds of manure each day.  Each pile of horse manure consists of 35 to 50 manure "balls" that get mixed up with the bedding.  Nationwide, the picking up of over 1.4 BILLION manure balls a day is a time intensive endeavor.  In addition to the labor involved, the volume of the manure is another factor to consider.  The quantity of manure produced per horse per day is about 1 cubic foot.  If the bedding is not carefully separated from the manure, however, it results in a volume of over three times as much!  Disposing of a combination of shavings and manure can also be difficult.  An entire industry has formed around composting to reduce volume, with companies making special bins to help.  In some areas it is a requirement for manure to be completely hauled away in dumpsters.  Since cleaning horse stalls is expensive in time and labor, most facilities try to find a balance between sifting and the volume of manure to dispose of.  Since disposal costs are often  based on quantity, specialized "boutique" bagged shavings are now produced that are smaller or pelletized and therefore easier to sift.  Pellets, rice hull bedding or smaller shavings are an excellent alternative for reducing volume, but to get the best results considerable time is still spent manually agitating the fork.  From an environmental perspective, the manure itself is an excellent soil amendment.  The shavings, however, are not and will literally make the manure inert, rather than  a healthy compost.  Therefore, it is of great benefit to horse owners and the environment that the manure is separated from the bedding.  The Berto Shake'n Fork is the answer to more efficient manure disposal.

The choice of customers

     The feedback from customers has affirmed the effectiveness of these new stall cleaning tools.  Their enthusiastic approval of both the Flex'n Fork and powered Shake'n Fork shows that whichever model you use, both are the forks of choice over any basic fork on the market.  To remove even the smallest particles, our close-tine version is the best choice. When it comes to cleaning stalls bedded with shavings, sawdust or pellets, nothing does the job better or faster than a Shake'n Fork.  When used outside, our Flex'n Fork amazes users with its durability.


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