Calf Warmers from Barn World – Livestock Supply Necessity

Calf Warmers from Barn World

To provide the best care in the critical after-birth hours of your calf’s life, be sure to enlist the help of a calf warmer.

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Calf warmers should be a livestock supply staple when raising livestock

Calf warmers create an excellent shelter and warm nurturing environment for new born calves. Usually constructed out of a durable, long-lasting and rust proof medium density poly, this animal shelter is a must for newborns and should be in every livestock supply arsenal.
New born calves require a warm enclosed space during the critical hours right after birth. They are vulnerable to the cold and need a safe place to recover from the birthing process. Barn World calf warmers have top of the line heaters located in the rear of the warmer in a separate enclosure that provides a steady warm, circulating flow of air. The area is large enough so the calf can stand up or lie down while remaining in the interior warmth of the heater. Being contained allows the identity scent to remain intact so the mothers will instinctively reclaim their rejuvenated infant once they’re ready to be released.

Calf Warmer Features

Barn World carries the Sioux Steel calf warmer with the following top-of-the-line features including a fully controllable an automated heater.

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• An adjustable 1500 watt electric heater with a fan with automatic shutoff and built in thermostat for controlling temperature and air flow speed
• The top hinged section is completely removable for ease of cleaning and for providing the largest allowable access area for calves to enter and leave the enclosure
• The bottom of the warmer is reinforced for easy towing and durability. It comes compete with a tow rope already installed so you’re ready to remove the calf from the delivery area
• The floor is raised and grated to provide warm air circulation throughout the entire warmer. It has a two panel system and is removable for easy cleaning
• The top eve vent allows for ventilation and circulation control as well as provides sighting access so you may keep an eye on the calf without raising the lid and disturbing it
• A popular feature is the 12v adapter
• The warmer measures 45” high, 25” wide and is 48” long to allow for maximum comfort inside.

Livestock Supplies are necessary for newborns

To keep your young, newborn livestock healthy and to give them a great start at a long and healthy live, a calf warmer is a must during the crucial hours after birth. Providing a safe and comfortable environment for your animal is a must to ensure a great beginning in a stress-free setting. To take advantage of all the calf warmer has to offer, call (720) 238-2190 or visit BarnWorld.com today for all your livestock supply needs and remember, they carry everything from cattle guards to saddle pads!

Cattle Guard Options – planning for animal control with cattle guards

Cattle guards livestock and animal control and convenience

Cattle guards allow for ease of access to your pastures and livestock, or keep your valuable animals at home without the use of cumbersome gates.  It’s not necessary to stop, get out of your vehicle or climb down from your farm equipment to open a gate, drive through, all the while watching for animals trying to escape along the way, only to then get out again to close the livestock gate behind you.   Better make sure it’s secure behind you to prevent a jail break when you’re not around!  The guards offer peace of mind knowing that a gate wasn’t left open and that you won’t have to spend your day chasing your cattle or other animals around the county!.

That’s why Barn World offers not only a large selection of livestock supplies, but also a wide variety of cattle guards and options.

Cattle Guard Options

Flat Pipe vs. Round Pipe – two different finishes for different uses.

The flat piping offers vehicles a smoother ride when crossing the control area and is a valuable option to consider when higher speeds are present.  Even through the flat topped guard isn’t as daunting to livestock as the round pipe, it still provides an effective deterrent.  These are typically used on highways and high traffic areas where speeds and vehicle comfort are a priority.

Round pipe offers the most effective means of dissuading animal crossings.  A large part of the deterrent is a mental and visual cue that the animal perceives.  A round piped guard creates a deeper shadow and the perception of a larger obstacle than the flat.  It also offers a more challenging physical barrier.  A flat hoofed animal with have a very difficult time finding footing on a rounded surface and won’t be able to balance its hoof on the pipe.  We have seen cattle ‘test’ a guard by placing a single hoof on the pipe only to realize that it can’t place any weight on the hoof to cross.  If the visual appearance doesn’t immediately persuade it to stay away, the inability to balance a single hoof on the cattle guard will.  The round style is very popular on farms, ranches, private drives and public roadways.

Cattle Guard Boxes

Boxed cattle guards allow for installation directly on the ground.  Dirt is typically piled up on each side to provide a ramp for vehicles to cross the 12” tall barrier.  The box itself is simply a steel skirt that prevents dirt from creeping in underneath and filling in the space under the guard.   You may choose from the integral box, which is welded directly,

 

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Integral Box

or a removable box which allows for cleaning the vault area below without disturbing the area around it be simply lifting the guard:

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Removable Box

These boxed guards are extremely popular and useful for construction sites as washouts, dirt shakers and allow for installation without digging a vault and pouring footings.   To clean debris out from underneath, it can simply be drug from it’s resting place and then returned again.   It is important to install on level ground to prevent movement over time.

Cattle Guard Wings

Wings are used to connect the guard to a fence-line to prevent livestock from crossing around the fence post.  They are triangles that attached to the ends of the barrier, lean away from the roadway and provide a vertical post to run the fencing to.  Without them, crossing around the last fence post can be possible and some animals may just skirt the guard.

Cattle Guard Animal Safety

It’s important to remember that these barriers are not effective for all types of animals and of particular note, we don’t not recommend them for horses.  Horses hooves and legs are such that they can slide their leg down between the pipes.  They then panic in an effort to get out and can break their slender leg.  We suggest a gate be used with at all times to contain horses.

Other animals that may not be discourage and can simply walk across the tops or rounded pipe are goats, dogs & cats, sheep and hogs.  They are more sure-footed and can trot right across a cattle guard.

For information or help with your cattle guard project, whether it’s for private use, construction, public roadways or heavy duty off-road use, please contact  Barn World and we will be happy to help plan your project with you.

As always, please go to www.BarnWorld.com or call 720.238.2190 for all of your livestock supply needs!

 

 

 

 

Cattle Guards offer effective and convenient livestock control

 

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Cattle guards:   the most efficient means of containing livestock without a gate.

If you have traffic through your pasture or across your fence-line,  you know how inconvenient a gate is especially if there are others that need to use it.  Not only that, but if someone were to leave the gate open or not latch it closed, you could be looking for and trying to track down your animals days later!

The cattle guard was created to allow vehicles to cross through a pasture fence-line without having to rely on opening and successfully closing a gate, however, they do not work with all animals.  As we have pointed out in other blog posts, (Cattle Guards can be dangerous to some animals) they are not effective with dogs, goats and sheep and can be especially dangerous to horses.  The best and safest means for effectively containing these type of sure-footing animals is a simple gate.

The rounded pipe cattle guard creates two deterrents for cows and other livestock

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1.   Physical Discomfort:  Hoofed animals have a flat surface at the end of their legs to place their weight.  This creates discomfort and a problem with balance when attempting to walk on an uneven surface.  When placed on a rounded pipe, the hoof will rock forward or backward and create an unstable condition for the animal making it almost impossible for them to balance.  If your livestock are brave enough to even attempt venturing a leg on, it will quickly discover how difficult it is to balance.  This physical barrier is an extremely successful DETERRENT for many hoofed animals.

 

2.  Optical Barrier:  The seconded barrier element that a round-finsh cattle guard creates is mental; an optical barrier.  Being color blind and having very poor depth perception,  the shadows that are projected by the pipe between the rails, amplify the distance and depth between the pipes and will dissuade even the most stubborn or determined animals from thinking about crossing.  There have been studies on ‘virtual’ barriers that are no more than lines painted on a road to create the same optical illusion as a cattle guard, but they have been shown to have limited success in keeping cows home.

 

Picture of a ‘Virtual Cattle Guard’ from Wikipedia:

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Deer: Deer are another common animal that can be effectively deterred by guards.  They are such athletic creatures and are able to jump large distances with little effort that it requires a larger impassable distance be created.  To effectively discourage these extreme jumpers, you need to provide at least a 12′ barrier and more commonly a 16′ barrier to prevent them from attempting a jump across.  This requires two 8′ guards be bolted together to provide a sixteen foot dimension in the direction of vehicle travel and an effective obstruction.  It goes without saying I hope that a fence, tall enough to prevent jumping, be attached to the cattle guard as well.

 

 Cattle Guards are not effective for all animals

Some animals will not be deterred or have a problem crossing a guard.  These are usually the non-hoofed variety with paws.  Dogs, cats, coyotes and others will have no trouble getting over the rounded pipes.  Even small hoofed animals such as sheep and goats will usually be able to trot right across without much effort.  Here, a gate has been shown to be the most effective.

Not for Horses or bison

The second most requested use we see for these animal deterrents is for the control of horses.  We do not recommend that they be used with horses as the horse anatomy has such a slender leg, that it’s hoof can slide down between the pipe until it reaches the bottom of the vault.  This traps the leg and exposes it to breaking easily when struggling to get out and can prove to be a devastating.  Please use a gate when keeping your horses in a pasture as a cattle guard and a horse leg do not mix well at all.

Bison or buffalo, offer a challenge at the other end of the hoof size spectrum.  Their hooves are so large, that if the surface pipes are not placed far enough apart, they can get them across the empty space span and create a stable bridge to balance on.  It is not an easy task for them, but here too, a gate is recommended for these large animals.

Crossing Cattle Guards –  A concern for human traffic

Although designed to prevent livestock from crossing,  these devises can also pose a dangerous predicament for humans, especially children.  The average gap in the piping is usually 3-1/2″ to 4-1/2″ and can be difficult for the human foot to handle when not being especially careful.  Because their feet are much smaller then an adults’ and that they may not be as well-suited for balancing on a curved surface, it can be particularly hazardous for a child to cross.  While it may be tempting to weld a small strip of metal or attach a board for people to cross, we would again recommend the use of a gate.  Even the smallest strip can allow the more sure-footed hoofed animals an escape route out of your pasture.

Flat Top Cattle Guards – a smoother alternative

When used in high traffic, or high speed areas, a flat-topped alternative can be used to provide a smoother ride for vehicles.  Although not quite as effective a barrier as the round pipe finish, the flat tops allow for an effective livestock control while providing a smoother ride for vehicles.

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The individual crossing pipes that create the top of the guard are actually a flat topped hexagon that provides a smoother finish for cars and tractors to ride on.  They allow easier traversing for human feet while still creating a deterrent for animals.  Livestock are not as intimidated by this type of finish, but it can still be effective when properly installed.

Cattle guards are an efficient means of protecting and containing your livestock without the use of a gate.  They can save considerable inconvenience and provide a reliable way of keeping your animals from harm while providing effortless crossings for vehicles.

See Barn World for all your livestock supplies and help with your cattle guard projects.

 

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Hay Feeders Save Money and Pay for Themselves Quickly

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Hay Feeders Save Money and Pay for Themselves Quickly

It’s another hot and dry summer and the cost of feeding your livestock is only going up as hay gets more difficult to come by.   Shipping hay long distances from the few growing areas left in the country to the animals that need it has become all too common.

To make the best of this terrible hay growing season and to save as much money as you can while still providing for your animals, it’s important to provide the most efficient means of feeding and minimize the amount of waste produced.  This calls for a no-nonsense hay feeder from Barn World.

There are many different feeder styles that allow for any budget and will produce savings that will allow the feeder to pay for itself in a short amount of time.  Whether you feed small square bales to a few animals, or large round bales to a lot, the proper feeder is critical to saving money.  A quality feeder will allow you to minimize money lost to hay waste that falls on the ground and erodes your profits, while providing a safe environment to maximize your feeding budget.

Types of Hay Feeders

Round Bale Feeders

For large animals that are fed large quantities at a time, you can’t go wrong with a round bale feeder.  These large and durable feeders are designed to feed almost any large animal from cattle to buffalo.  We carry a Bull Tuff Round Bale Feeder that has a 9’ 6” bottom diameter that tapers to 8’6” at the top.  It will accommodate the 6’ round bale, has 12 feed openings and 9 heavy duty  mud skids to keep the feeder entirely off the ground.  There are no sharp edges for animals to cut themselves and the 3 piece bolted assembly is built for years of heavy duty use.  This is a very common and popular feeder for large bulls and horses.

Another large animal feeder that’s new and very popular is the hay hopper design.  This feeder holds the bale off of the ground and livestock will eat from the bottom up.  The loose hay will drop to the bottom of the feeder where it is protected from being trampled by a metal skirt.  This preserves the hay to be eating directly under the suspended bale.  The hay hopper feeders are made for cattle, buffalo, horses, goats and sheep and has a patent pending design.

Horse Hay Feeders

For a quick and simple method of feeding your horses’ large bales, look no further then the Hay Hut Hay Feeder.  At 84” deep and 72” wide, and a height of 84”, this plastic feeder will not rust out and is extremely easy to use.  Simply drop your bale on the ground and cover with the hay hut.  It’s an attractive feeder that looks like a small house or hut and has eight feeding stations available for easy access to the hay bale.  It also provides a covered shelter to protect the bale from the weather and the sun.  This feeder ships in two easy to assemble sections and will fit in the back of a pickup truck.  It takes approximately half an hour to put together and is easy to move around your pasture should you choose.

The plastic is a durable and UV protected material that provides fantastic, maintenance free cover for your bales.  There is a one year warranty and most feeders last for 10 or more years with steady use.  They’re also available in two colors:  black and forest green.

Popular Horse Hay Feeders

One of the most popular horse hay feeders is the Poly Round Hose Hay Feeder.    It’s designed especially for horses and all of the hardware is counter-sunk into the feeder so there aren’t any sharp edges for potential cuts or scrapes.  This feeder is mad e from four pieces to form the circle and is also idea for small ponies and colts.  It’s easy to assemble and move to where you’d like to feed.  Simply drop your round bale either on the ground or on a pallet, roll the feeder next to it and drop it over the bale.  At only 80lbs, this one is extremely portable and can be rolled to your bale.  Made from recycled plastic, it’s environmentally friendly and is composed of UV resistant resin.  With a two year warranty on material and workmanship,  this feed will last for many seasons.

Rack and Trough Hay Feeders – the combo feeder

Rack and Trough Feeders allow for both hay bales and grain to be feed from the same feeder.  Another plus is the ability of the trough below the rack to catch hay that falls when animals pull from the bale.  This allows the hay to be eaten from the trough, rather than wasted on the ground and eating into your profits.

Our combo feeders come in a variety of sizes, each designed for the animal being fed.  They are primarily built to accommodate cattle or horses and the versatility of the feeder allows for animals that require both grain and hay in their diet.  A very convenient feature.

Portable and Stall Feeders

Although used in the stall with smaller amounts of hay, a lot of potential food can still be wasted.  The portable hay feeders are useful when traveling or in the stall.  Typically mounted on the wall or in a corner, they can provide an easy means of dumping in flakes for your animal to enjoy at any time.  The Health-EZ Hay Feeder even does double duty as ‘entertainment’ and can keep some horses minds occupied and out of trouble while they nudge a hanging feeder around the stall.

It doesn’t matter what type of animals you’re raising or enjoying, a hay feeder is one of the easiest ways to introduce an efficient means of saving money and will pay for themselves in short order.

Visit Barn World today to view all of our livestock supplies and if there’s anything we can help with, please let us know by calling (720) 238-2190.

Cattle Guards can be dangerous to some animals.

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Cattle guards can be dangerous to some animals.

Although they may be the most efficient means of keeping livestock in without a gate, we don’t recommend them for all animals.

When Gates are the Best Option

Horses, may be be most at risk and when attempting to cross a guard.  The anatomy of a horses’ leg are such that they may slip down between the pipes forming the top of the guard and in to the vault area underneath.  This.will expose the weakest part of their legs to breakage, and once panicked, they can break it quite easily while struggling to get out. For their safety, we only recommend the use of gates with horses.

Goats and dogs are immune to cattle guards.   These sure-footed animals can simply walk with ease across the top of the pipes. Again, gates are the best option for containment.

Deer Guards

Deer are extremely athletic creatures.  Their ability to jump seems almost effortless as they cross large distances in graceful hops.  It becomes necessary to extend the distance of the guard in the direction of travel to deter these animals from attempting cross.  A common white tail or mule deer can easily jump an 8 foot distance without any effort at all.  These animals require a better deterrent than a cow and and by combining and bolting together two guards, the effective crossing area becomes too daunting even for these creatures.  We recommend at least 16 feet in the direction of the vehicle travel to dissuade even the most ambitious jumpers.

When considering barriers for deer, it is important to remember that not only can they jump across large distances, but they can also jump over tall fence lines.  This will require that the fence line be extended directly to the edge of the cattle guard.  With bovine, a set of wings prevent crossings on the shoulders of the roadway, but with deer, a tall fence right to the shoulder will required.  You want to prevent jumping across the ends of the fencing.

Cattle Guards are for Bovine

The best use for these barriers is of course with cattle.  The traditional round pipe guard has been found to be more effective than the flat top.  Flat top finishes allow for smoother vehicle crossings, but the best for livestock have rounded tops.

Part of the effectiveness is a visual trick played on the cattle’s depth perception.  The shadows created by the round pipe make the crossing look even daunting than it actually is.  This in turn creates an even larger mental barrier and dissuades most livestock from even considering a crossing.  There are the occasional large bulls that when properly motivated can attempt a 6 foot or sometimes even an 8 foot jump, but these are few and far between.  When properly installed with wings, almost all cattle will refrain from even attempting a crossing.

Although designed almost exclusively for cattle, these barriers may be also be used for deer, when properly installed.

ATV Cattle Guard

ATV Cattle Guard

New this year is the ATV guard.  Designed for ease of installation, this porable standalone is a great option for fence line crossings for off-road vehicles in remote areas.  We have even custom designed these for golf cart crossings of fence lines.  Simply make a cut in your fence and drop into place.  It couldn’t be easier to install and the built-in rise creates an extremely effective optical and physical barrier.

Barn World offers plenty of assistance

If you have any questions about your cattle guard project, or need any help at all, please don’t hesitate to contact Barn World when planning your installation.  We have a wide variety and can offer quotes and bids for any project.

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Heavy Duty Cattle Guards, a Texas Fence from Barn World

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Cattle Guards

Barn World offers several types of cattle guards for private, commercial, public highway and heavy duty offroad equipment use. We comply with city, county, and/or state regulations.

Whether it’s called a Texas gate or a cattle guard, Barn World has the variety and selection needed to complete your project.

Private Use Cattle Guards

Private use cattle guards are perfect for farm and ranch use and for access areas where the total axle weight is up to 10 tons.  Semi trailers, tractors and large farming equipment are perfect for this type of guard.

Boxed style cattle guards  are designed to sit on flat ground. Gravel underlayment is recommended for drainage of these cattle guards. In many cases these boxed cattle guards are used for wheel washes in construction sites.

Flat style cattle guards are designed to be mounted on cement footings.

 

All cattle guards can withstand the weight of full tractor-trailer loads.
These cattle guards are constructed with an approximate gap of 4″ between each pipe.
Due to availability of pipe, cattle guards will be built with either 9 pieces of 4 1/2″ outside diameter pipe, or 11 pieces of 3 1/2″ outside diameter pipe and are 12-1/2″ tall.
There is no difference in strength between the boxed cattle guard and the flat styles of cattle guards.
These cattle guards are designed to accommodate full semi loads at 10 tons per axle.
Cattle guards weigh about 100 Lbs. per foot (a 10′ cattle guard weighs about 1,000 Lbs.). Add approximately 8 Lbs. per foot for boxed cattle guards and about another 200 Lbs. total for winged cattle guards.
To use for deer, you may need to place two cattle guards in tandem so you have 16 feet of protection. Cattle guards are easily bolted together and the extra depth will deter deer.
For a shipping quote, please send us an email with your destination zip code and quanitity or feel free to call the telephone number at the bottom of this page with any questions you may have about our cattle guards.
If you prefer, you may order your cattle guards online without the shipping total and we will forward the exact shipping cost for your review via email before processing your order.
A very important note: You must have equipment available to unload the cattle guards from the delivery vehicle when it arrives. The delivery truck will require you to unload the cattle guard with a loader or fork lift or some other means upon delivery.
Private use cattle guards are NOT built to exact dimensions and sizes may vary slightly.  Adding the removable box option will add about 7″ to the total length and width of the cattle guard. For example, a 12 foot cattle guard will be about 12′-7″.

Also see our unique ATV Cattle Guard:

For more information on cattle guards, installation or for help with any of your livestock supply needs, please visit www.BarnWorld.com today or call (720) 238-2190 and we’ll be happy to help.

Remember, Barn World is y our home for everything from saddle pads, hay feeders, grain bins, mineral feeders and everything to do with livestock.  We even carry livestock scales!

Stock Tanks help weather the drought.

 

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Stock Tanks and Livestock Waterers –  Weathering the Drought

This summer has already seen the worst drought conditions since 1988.  More than 1,000 counties in 26 states are classified as natural disaster areas.  Since July 10th, 60 per cent of the lower 48 states were in drought conditions.  This includes states from South Carolina to Nevada and is the most land affected since the US Drought Monitor began keeping records 12 years ago.

These conditions require that your livestock, horses, hogs and other animals have a fresh supply of water constantly.  The high temperatures will dehydrate and negatively affect your animals health.

Barn World carries a large selection and supply of galvanized stock tanks, livestock waterers and waterers to ensure healthy animals.

Our hog waterer and pig waterer provide a constant supply of water for your animals and come in 35 and 80 gallon sizes.

Features of the hog and pig waterers:

  • Made of 100% non-porous polyethylene will not rust, rot or corrode.
  • Confinement pen acids have no effect waterers last and last.
  • Quick and easy cleaning no pans or shields to remove from drinker trough.
  • Big hogs drink with ease from 18 inches wide x 17 inches high x 9 inch deep drinkers.
  • Trough height from floor is 6″, so little pigs drink easily.
  • No cracks, corners or crevices to collect sediment or bacteria.
  • Each drinker has a drain plug, so washing and flushing is fast, simple and complete.
  • One dependable float and valve handles both drinkers.
  • Heavy steel-plated chew guard protects trough lip.
  • Gallon capacity calibrations molded into tank wall.
  • Float and valve completely protected from hogs.
  • Manual fill
  • 41 lbs.

We also carry livestock waterers to be used as cattle waterers and horse waterers.  They come as small as 4 gallons and as large as 110 gallons.

     

Barn World livestock supply also carries equine tack waterers for use in the stall.

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  • For use in single horse stall.
  • Smooth rounded edges for safety.
  • Durable 100% polyethylene construction; urethane foam insulation.
  • Easy valve access; one-screw, quick water level adjustment.
  • Minimum intrusion on stall space.
  • Four-bolt installation.
  • Plumb from above or below.
  • Ample drinking space; plentiful water supply with minimal waste.
  • Large easy drain; no disassembly required.
  • Attractive design; five color options.
  • Stainless steel anchor bolts included.

Barn World also carries poly stock tanks, great for livestock, kids swimming pools and adult soakers!  These tanks come in as large 9′ diameter and are great for cooling off from the summer sun.

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Our weather resistant, multipurpose wading pool lasts year after year.
Features:

  • The ultimate wading pool – perfect for summer afternoon wading, splashing, and cool relaxing fun.
  • Sidewall are only 24″ high, so kids (of all ages) just step in.
  • Tough pools made for heavy use.
  • 6′ diameter pool holds 335 gallons of water.
  • Both are big pools for big family fun.
And for the herds, we carry the bottomless stock tanks, from 2,668 gallons up to 11,486 gallons.  These large livestock tanks are a great addition for keeping a large herd of animals hydrated throughout the summer.
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Keep cool this summer with our large selection of livestock tanks and wading pools.  Visit www.BarnWorld.com today or call (720) 238.2190 for all your cattle guard, hay feeder and livestock supply needs.

 

 

 

Cattle Guard article from Working Ranch for Barn World

Love That New Cattleguard

– by Jennifer Showalter, Working RanchTV

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Handling Equipment Powder River cattleguards are designed to meet the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) specifications. The strongest models are built to handle up to 30 tons per axle. Opening and closing a gate from time to time is no sweat off any rancher’s back. It’s when the same gate has to be gone through over and over that it becomes more trouble than it’s worth. With this in mind, every rancher has a cow or two that seems to be able to smell an open gate and won’t let anyone slide by without closing the gate each and every time. To ease the aggravation and time loss with these high usage areas, ranchers are relying more and more on cattleguards. Matt Johnson with Powder River Livestock Handling Equipment in Provo, UT points out, “Cattleguards are the ultimate gate replacement for high traffic areas, but placing a guard in an area that you access only occasionally or that is less critical for gate control is probably a waste of resources.” To help with the selection and installation of a cattleguard, Working Ranch went out and gathered some pointers from a few different manufacturers. This is what we found:

Picking the right one: When selecting a cattleguard there are a number of things to scratch the old noggin over. For starters, rancher must determine what is the heaviest and the widest pieces of equipment that will ever cross their cattleguard. They then have to look for the cattleguard that will meet those standards.

Quality materials and craftsmanship obviously influence the price of a cattleguard, but also determine its longevity as long as the proper load rating is not abused. “The higher the cattleguard (load) rating, the higher the cost. The U-rated guards that are designed for extremely heavy loads are the most expensive. Anytime the distance across a road exceeds 16’, shipping rates can rise dramatically. In terms of cost, it sometimes makes more sense to order two small cattleguards to bolt together in either direction than it does to order one large custom cattleguard,” says Robert Moore with Barn World, LLC in Parker, CO. Ranchers must decide if a flat or box type cattleguard works better in their environment and whether they prefer square or round rungs. Flat style cattleguards are placed over a dug out cement vault, whereas box style cattleguards basically have a built in vault and sit close to the top of the ground.

Placement: Cattleguard placement varies because of different soil conditions, climates, drainage, and intended uses. Barn World suggests ranchers have a local contractor, who is familiar with the area, set the more permanent types of cattleguards. Installation for these cattleguards typically involves digging a one foot deep trench that is one foot wider than the cattleguard. Six inch wide walls should then be poured around all four sides to prevent dirt from collapsing in. In the bottom of the trench, a 12” wide and 18” deep footer is needed under each beam of the cattleguard. It is critical that the cattleguard sits on footers that are sufficient to support the full load of traffic. Ranchers must keep in mind that the vault does not support a cattleguard in any way. While setting a cattleguard, installing large PVC pipe through the forms or digging out and adding gravel will help with drainage issues. Box cattleguards typically do not need a vault. Their box formation keeps dirt from working into the guard. “One of the biggest mistakes folks make is setting their (box style) cattleguard at ground level. You have to hold them slightly above grade and ramp up to and away from them to prevent them from filling in.

Cows don’t like to jump on a grade where their front-ends are higher than their back-ends,” explains Tom Jones, with JE Hill Precast in Leesburg, FL. When placing two cattleguards next to each other, both gaps and edges must be avoided. If there is a solid edge, cattle can master walking it. Some ranchers find it beneficial to purchase or build a set of wings for their cattleguard. “Various styles of wings can be used. They should be able to be secured to the guard grid or the base it is built on. Any type of wing should remove the risk that livestock can circumvent the guard,” notes Johnson. Jones points out another added benefit of wings, “Wings are a way of exaggerating the opening of a cattleguard. For example, if you have a 16’ cattleguard and a 16’ mower, you can lay the wings back and fit through.”

Limitations: Jones warns people that before they are sold on the idea of a cattleguard, they must be aware of their limitations. He finds that cattleguards typically do not work to separate cows from their calves or cycling cows from bulls. They also have a hard time holding cows without water from water and cows without feed from feed. Jones discourages ranchers from putting cattleguards in corners or along the edge of an alleyway where cattle can easily crowd them.

A peek at what these boys have to offer: Powder River: www.powderriver.com Powder River cattleguards are made out of structural steel, have square cross rails, and are either powder coated green or painted yellow. These cattleguards are designed to meet the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) specifications. Powder River builds a wide range of cattle guards with the strongest built to handle up to 30 tons per axle. Powder River cattleguards are available in 8’, 10’, 12’ and 14’ road lengths and 7’5’’ and 8’ widths. Powder River offers an optional three rail clean out section on all of their models except the U-80’s. Wings, steel posts, and pre-cast concrete bases are also available. Powder River stands behind its cattleguards with a five-year warranty.

Barn World: www.barnworld.com Barn World offers rated, standard, and basic boxed and flat style cattleguards.

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Their rated cattleguards are intended for highways or for heavy off-road equipment. They are available with certified load ratings of H-15, H-20, U-54, and U-80. Barn World also offers an HS20 rated cattleguard to meet State and Federal requirements. Certified structural steel is used in the manufacture of all Barn World HS20 rated cattleguards. Barn World’s line of standard cattleguards are made with new .113 walled steel pipe, and like all Barn World cattleguards, come with a gray enamel finish. Their basic cattleguards are made of a heavy duty structural .188 walled pipe with diameters of 3.5” or 4.5”.

Barn World now offers a cattleguard design specifically for ATVs. These ATV cattleguards are made of 1.5 x 11 gauge square tubing and are 72” wide by 91” long. The overall width of these guards including their wings is 87”. A 14” ramp on each side allows them to be set on top of the ground and eliminates the need for a vault. Barn World is strictly an Internet-based business.

With three cattleguard manufacturing plants across the United States, Barn World strives to keep shipping costs at a minimum. JE Hill Precast: www.jehillprecast.com JE Hill Precast concrete cattleguards feature rounded top rails and built-in footers that eliminate the need to pour concrete. These cattle guards simply sit on top of the ground and are best positioned so they are held slightly above grade with a gravel ramp on both sides. They come in 12’, 14’, and 16’ road spans and all measure 6’6’’ across. JE Hill Precast’s standard cattleguards have a 72,000 pound gross vehicle weight (GVW) limit, while the heavy duty models have greater than a 90,000 pound GVW limit. These cattleguards weigh from 5,000 to 7,000 pounds depending on their size. JE Hill Precast cattleguards are designed so they require no additional construction, can be installed in two hours or less, and can easily be relocated.

Creep feeders: Barn World’s large creep feeder selection is now available.

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Barn World offers a large selection of creep feeders for all your livestock needs.  We even have creep feeders for the stall.  For all of our creep feeders, please visit Barn World.com today or call (720) 238-2190.

 

Creep Feeders for Sheep and Goats
Creep feeding is a means of providing supplemental feed for nursing kids. It is an essential component of an accelerated kidding and/or early weaning management program. It increases pre-weaning weight gain, especially for kids reared as a twin or triplet. Kids will reach a target market weight and can be marketed at a younger age. All BarnWorld goat creep feeders are built with a covered shelter to keep feed dry.

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Creep Feeders for Calves
Creep feeding will have your calves ready for market sooner in high quality condition. Creep feeding also assures less strain on your brood stock. Healthy brood stock means better quality calves year after year. All calf creep feeders come standard with a gray enamel finish.

 

Creep Feeders for Deer
Nutrition is the key to successful wildlife and game management. And nothing is more important than protein. Protein is absolutely essential to the health of your entire herd and to the potential for trophy bucks. Whitetail deer need protein all year round, especially after the rut and during the critical 200-day antler-growing period. Protein feeding is the ideal complement to natural forage.

Barn World carries a large selection of creep feeders, both large and small.  To see the full line up of feeders, please visit www.BarnWorld.com today or call (720) 238-2190.

Cattle Guard Post: HS20 Certified Cattle Guards from Barn World

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Barn World Has HS20 Certified Cattle Guards for Public Roads
Barn World makes superior HS20 rated cattle guards for public roads and highways. Our HS20 rated cattle guards are made from schedule 40 steel and come in a variety of sizes to fit various cattle guard projects.
We can alter the design of our cattle guards to use different kinds of pipe and rail depending on your needs. We have used round pipe, square rail, I-beam and other types of rail and channel to make rated cattle guards that are suitable for all public crossings.
Barn World HS20 rated cattle guards conform to AASHTO load rating requirement by type of truck and maximum axle load. Our rated cattle guards come with an engineer’s stamp and are certified to meet the AASHTO load ratings so you can feel confident that you are getting the best quality cattle guard. Call Barn World with your questions and plans to get quotes on HS20 rated cattle guards at 720-238-2190.
    

Cattle Guards for Public Roads require a Barn World HS20 Certified Cattle Guard

For superior HS20 certified cattle guards, visit www.BarnWorld.com.  We offer the necessary cattle guard certifications and strong cattle guards made from schedule 40 steel.  They come in a large variety of sizes to fit almost any project you may be involved in.

Used primarily for livestock control, they can offer a strong deterrent to deer if placed side-by-side to form 12′ or more barrier in the direction of travel and other animals as well.  Please note that we do not recommend cattle guards for horses, goats or dogs as they simply are not effective.  Horses can get a leg broken in them and goats, dogs and other sure footed animals will be able to cross the cattle guard.

Cattle guards can be made from different types of piping depending upon your livestock control needs.  We can use round 3-1/2″ or 4-1/2″  pipes or square pipes for the top rail.  Typically the larger and more round the pipe that is used on top, the more of a deterrent it is for livestock.  A 4-1/2″ pipe will have a greater curve and  thus provide a more unstable footing for a daring animal.  It will also have a larger gap between the pipes making it much more difficult to cross.  The smaller 3-1/2″ pipe will still keep livestock off of your cattle guard and will provide a smoother rider for crossing vehicles.  The same is true for the flat pipe.  It will offer a very smooth ride when crossing, but isn’t the strongest deterrent.

Every HS20 rated cattle guard is certified to conform to the load rating requirements provided by the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials or AASHTO.  They spell out the requirements and suitable load ratings for all highway rated cattle guards.   All of our rated cattle guards come with the engineer’s stamp to provide the assurance that you’re installing an AASHTO certified cattle guard.

For more information on cattle guards and cattle guard installation, please visit Barn World give us a call at (720) 238-2190 and we’ll be glad to help.  Don’t forget, Barn World offers a large selection of livestock equipment and livestock supplies for all of your farm and ranch needs.

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