When designing and building your cattle yards our focus is on:
- Maximising cattle flow
- Operator efficiency and safety
- Ensuring the yards suit your site and operation
- Product longevity
The majority of our work comes from word of mouth and repeat purchases. Referrals from livestock carriers, existing clients, vets, government departments, stud producers etc are the source of our continued growth. We greatly appreciate these referrals which are a result of delivering a quality product and ensuring the client is happy.
We employ Dr. Temple Grandin stock flow principles in our yard designs. Dr. Temple Grandin has worked cattle in our cattle yards and was most impressed with the way cattle flowed. She has also personally endorsed our designs.
Operator safety, minimising stress on animals and the ability to assess and draft individual animals are three areas that need to be incorporated in cattle yard designs today.
We realise cattle yards are a large investment and understand the consequences of poor design, that is why we are dedicated to providing designs that work in terms of stock flow and operator safety and ensuring our clients expectations are met.
We can put you in touch with existing clients in your area to discuss products and services.
Points to consider when designing cattle yards:
- Cattle yards should be built to avoid having to continually ‘force’ stock between pens and into races. If races and gates are positioned to provide an ‘exit’ option for stock they do not need to be forced but will willingly enter as they think they are escaping.
- Stock should take a common route every time they enter the cattle yards. They become familiar with this route and it makes handling stock more predictable and efficient.
- Angles less than 90 degrees should be avoided in forcing areas. There are a lot of ‘cattle yard designs’ that use standard size portable panels, the result is corners less than 90 degrees in force areas. This is a recipe for injury as operators try and move cattle jammed in these areas.
- Accidents occur when stock become agitated at being forced into an unfamiliar area or separated from the mob. For example, cattle do not like entering a cattle race that appears as a dead end. Well designed cattle yards avoid this by providing a familiar circular path through the yards and separating the handler and beast in forcing areas.
- Your design should include provision for weigh scales, classing or scanning boxes, EID readers. A roof should be considered over these areas to provide weather protection for operators.
- Sheeting on the race can improve stock movement and prevents injuries from cattle getting their legs or heads out between rails. A V race with safety release gate also prevents young cattle turning around.
- A walkway beside a cattle race allows operators to access cattle without the need to put their arms between rails and risk injury.
- Cattle races should not have overhead bracing that becomes an obstruction for operators.
- Cattle yards should be built from quality materials that don’t require maintenance. They should provide a visual barrier to stock and have no sharp edges such as oval rail and pipe posts.