Do you need a head gate for cattle?

It’s no fun to work cattle if it is a struggle to get them captured and restrained. I hope I’m clear as to why this is extremely needed. Head gates are arguably the most important part of a handling system, or at least one of the key, yet most expensive, components.

What is a headgate for cattle?

A livestock head catch, also known as a cattle head gate, is a device used to secure a cow’s head to allow handlers and veterinarians access to the animal to administer medication, replace tags, monitor well being, and various other tasks.

How much does a head gate cost?

Head gates may cost as little as $500 while manual squeeze chutes can range from $3,500 to $9,000. (Hydraulic squeeze chutes will cost more.) There are other costs that come into the picture for more sophisticated configurations such as holding pens, weigh system (scale), sweep tub, or load out alley.

What is a headgate?

Definition of headgate : a gate for controlling the water flowing into a channel (such as an irrigation ditch)

How long should a cattle alley be?

A length of 20 feet should be sufficient to accommodate three or four mature cows. This minimum length allows one person operating the crowding area to keep the working chute charged without delays in receiving cattle at the squeeze chute.

How wide does a cattle shoot need to be?

It should be a maximum of 26 inches wide for a straight chute (see Table 1). It is acceptable to allow extra width in a curved chute (see Table 1). This width will be dif- ferent if a V-shaped chute is used. The working chute should be 5 feet high for British breed cattle and 5 ½ to 6 feet high for exotic breeds.

What is a calf table used for?

Features. Priefert’s Calf Table is the safest, most productive way to work calves weighing up to 450 lbs. Priefert’s unique, patented two-stage pivot action makes this the easiest tilting table on the market because it uses the weight of the calf to move the table into position.

What is a calf cradle?

The redesigned heavy-duty Calf Cradle allows you to manage calves of any size in a single piece of equipment. Featuring adjustable settings, single action catch and release, and a new non-slip floor, the Calf cradle allows you to work your calves quickly and efficiently at a height that will save your back!

How do irrigation ditches work?

An irrigation ditch has flow division boxes to divert the water to smaller canals. Ditches have overflow structures to prevent damages when the water discharge is too high, as well as settling structures and filters, to retain any sediment or debris.

What size headgates for small calves?

Both the 30 inch and 25 inch headgaes close to 4 inches for catching small calves. The headgates open to 25 or 30 inches. Consistent attachment pattern Automatic Head Gates -Automatic locking design -Adjustable width to fit most cattle sizes -Strong and reliable latching -Fits Sturdy Built Chutes or operates independently -Fitted

How many set positions does the headgate have for cattle?

The headgate has 8 set positions for different size cattle from 7 to 20 inches. The headgate minimum opening is 5 ½ inches and maximum to release cattle is 28 inches at mid section.

What is a head gate on a cattle chute?

A cattle head gate allows the cow’s head to pass through but blocks it’s shoulders. This position allows easy access to work cattle in the chute. Since we love our automatic reset head gate, it’s included standard on all squeeze chutes, portable handling systems, hoof trimming chutes and 1/4 circular maternity pens.

How do you attach a cattle head gate to a post?

Drill holes through the 4 by 4 and 8 by 8 inch timbers. Use half inch by 14 inch bolts to hold the timbers in place. Attach a 4 by 4 inch timber from the top of the post on the right side to about 10 inches from the post on the bottom 4 by 4. This is the fixed side of the cattle head gate.