Cattle Guards and Horses – a warning from Barn World

Cattle Guards and Horses

Lately we’ve been receiving a lot of calls for cattle guard quotes from horse owners looking to contain their equine. I wanted to give a quick review of why they’re not recommended for use with horses and why a traditional livestock gate is your safest alternative.

Cattle Guards vs. Gates

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Dangers of cattle guards

Although cattle guards are very popular and provide the ultimate ease of access to all your pastures, they can also be very dangerous when used with horses. Horses typically have a more slender hoof and leg than cattle and this physical difference can allow a horse’s hoof to slip between the cattle guard rails and slide all the way down to the bottom of the vaulted area. It’s slender hoof can also easily slip off the rail and damage its ‘ankle’.

This exposes one of the weakest parts of their leg directly to the cattle guard rail itself and once in this position, the scared animal’s flight instincts kick in and it will struggle to free itself. During the attempt to flee its precarious position, it can easily break its leg and put its own life in jeopardy. It is an extremely difficult thing to see and and its extremely difficult to even assist the horse in freeing itself.  A horse with its leg stuck in a cattle guard is not something that you ever want to have happen to your equine.

The safest and only viable alternative to a cattle guard for horses is a standard gate. It may be less convenient than driving over a cattle guard, but it is certainly safer than exposing your horse to a possible broken leg.

As a quick side note: There are other hoofed animals they can easily cross the barrier. Goats, sheep and other sure-footed livestock that are very nimble can quickly learn how to get across the curved rails. Of course animals with pads, such as cats and dogs can also learn to tip-toe across the rails and escape to freedom!

Help with cattle guards

If you’re considering using a cattle guard where horses are present, we would suggest that you use a traditional farm gate or livestock gate and realize the inconvenience of operating the gate is well worth offsetting the risk of injury to your horse.

Livestock Gate review:

 

If you have any questions or if we at Barn World Livestock Supplies can help with your cattle guard decisions, please let us know and we’ll be more than happy to help.

 

Cattle Guards from Barn World Livestock Supplies

Cattle Guards – an effective invisible livestock gate!

A properly installed cattle guard is an effective and popular livestock control devise that saves valuable time and effort.  Available with the highly effective round top-pipe for the maximum hoofed animal deterrent and the flat top-pipe which provides a smoother ride for your vehicles while creating a barrier for livestock, it is easy to establish a safe perimeter to your pastures while granting the best ease of access possible.  It won’t matter who’s crossing your land, they will never leave a gate open and cattle won’t be wandering off on their own.  Keep your livestock safely contained with a simple and very effective cattle guard.

Types of cattle guards

There are many different types available, but the most common and effective are the flat and boxed options.

Flat cattle guards

are the traditional style in use all over the country.  Typically they’re made by welding round pipe to the top of heavy duty c-channels or I-beams.  The design calls for them to be mounted over a vaulted or open area with concrete footings to hold back the dirt and provide a foundation to transfer the weight of crossing vehicles to the ground.  The vault area underneath the rails creates a void and the important visual perception of depth needed to deter an animal attempting to cross.  Proper installation of the foundation is critical and a contractor familiar with the local soil conditions, including soil freezing levels and drainage issues should be consulted to ensure a long lasting crossing.

Boxed cattle guards

are identical to flat cattle guards but are designed to lay directly on the ground. They have a steel skirt welded around the perimeter to keep dirt from creeping in underneath and are very popular in low traffic, low-speed areas. These include construction sites where cleaning dirt from equipment is necessary before entering public roadways.  They are very popular as washout sites, used when hosing off trailers and other vehicles and allow for the water and dirt to drain away, and also as rumble strips that shake the dirt off before leaving a site.  These ‘semi-portable’ guards can be relocated from site to site as needed.

Boxed cattle guards are also popular for residential use and other low traffic areas such as cellular antenna towers, oil rigs, and any unattended maintenance area that require roaming livestock be kept at bay.

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Cattle guard load ratings

The AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) provide axle load ratings for cattle guards to be used in public installations.  Rated cattle guards are certified to meet the requirements of state and federal entities such as the Department of Transportation.

AASHTO Design Specifications
H-15 (12 tons per axle)
H-20 (16 tons per axle)
U-54 (25 tons per axle)
U-80 (30 tons per axle)

Private use cattle guards When used on private property, certified load rating certificates are not required. This fact alone can save hundreds of dollars on a single cattle guard even though they’re built to the same specifications.  Private use guards will handle fully-loaded semi truck trailers as well as farm and ranch equipment.  Very popular on private driveways, these cattle guards can be more economical.

If you need any help with your cattle guard project, would like a quote with shipping or have any questions at all about cattle guards, please contact BarnWorld.com.  They have all the livestock supplies you need for your farm and ranch!

Cattle guards: A livestock management time saver from Barn World Livestock Supplies

Cattle guards

A simple Texas Gate provides security and peace of mind for your farm and ranch and is one of the most valued assets of livestock equipment available to the modern rancher today. Gone are the days were you would have to stop and get out of your vehicle only to drive forward, stop again, get out and close the gate behind you.  With a cattle guard, you won’t worry that someone may have left a gate open releasing your animals to the great unknown!  A simple cattle guard, when properly installed, will provide years of worry free livestock control.

Types of cattle guards

Round pipe cattle guards

Traditional cattle guards are made from c-channels or I-beam load supports with either round or flat top piping.  Round top-pipe provides a greater deterrent for livestock by creating not only a rounded surface that’s more challenging to balance on, but also a greater visual deterrent. The curved edges create greater shadow contrast making it look even more imposing to animals.  The combination provides an effective deterrent for livestock and other flat hoofed creature.

Flat pipe cattle guards

provide a physical barrier while also creating a smoother ride for passing traffic than the round pipe. They’re most popular on heavily traveled roadways and provide a smoother crossing for high-speed vehicles.  Although better for crossing trucks and cars, the flat surface will allow for a more stable foothold for animals and thus have a slightly less physical deterrent than round piped guards.

Temporary or boxed cattle guards

Boxed guards are quite common in the construction industry. They are traditional round top-pipe cattle guards with a steel skirt welded around the outside to prevent dirt from creeping into the open vault area underneath. They’re designed to lay directly on a flat surface and can be used as a construction site washout or a dirt rumbler to clean debris from equipment before leaving a job site.  They are also convenient in that they can be transferred from one site to the next as work requires.

Cattle Guards for ATVs

Barn World Livestock Supplies offers a custom guard built for ATVs and designed to be inserted directly into a fence line. It’s a simple and effective means of quickly adding access to other pastures without creating the need for a permanent guard that requires concrete footings or vaults to be dug. Just cut your fence and drop it into place for foot or atv access.

 

Warning:  Cattle guards do not work with all animals

Balancing a flat hoof on a round pipe is a difficult proposition for most animals. There are some exceptions: goats, sheep and other surefooted livestock can cross cattle guards fairly easily and your soft-footed barnyard friends such as dogs & cats will be able to walk right across.

Please note that cattle guards are not recommended for use with horses. Their smaller and slender legs can slide down between the rails and be expose to breakage at their weakest point.  Being a flight animal means that they will struggle more fiercely out if panic to get out and unintentionally increase the risk of injury.   The best barrier for these animals is a swing gate.

Simple and effective, cattle guards provide a swift and maintenance free method of ensuring your livestock stay on your ranch. You will never need to open and close gate again and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that a gate somewhere has been left open.

If you have any questions about installation or need and long-lasting heavy-duty cattle guard for your farm and ranch, contact Barn World (720.238.2190) as they have a large selection and a knowledgeable staff to help.

Cattle Guard Foundations – Setting the proper Texas Gate

Cattle Guard Installation

Cattle guards are an indispensable part of managing livestock.  Their simplicity and ease of use, combined with their longevity, make them the ultimate Texas gate.

Cattle Guard Foundation Installation

Although some have mounted cattle guards to railroad ties for support, the most permanent and recommended installation method begins with a concrete vault.  The vault serves two purposes:

  1. keep the dirt from behind the walls of the vault area from creeping in
  2. allow the footings to provide proper support

A concrete cattle guard foundation will ultimately be a thick, four-walled ‘box’ and is recommended to be poured after the arrival of the cattle guard.  The depth of the walls is not a one-size-fits all measurement, but is determined by the local conditions such as drainage, soil type and freezing levels.  It is important that a contractor who is familiar with the site conditions be consulted so that the foundation will provide a solid and stable base for the cattle guard to rest on.  The support beams do not rest on the vault walls, only on the footers to transfer the weight of the passing vehicles to the ground.

Generally, it is suggested a trench, about a foot deep and wider than the guard itself be dug.  The cattle guard foundation walls should be at least six inches wide to make up the ‘vault box’ so that dirt will not collapse the walls and the footers should be large enough to support the passing vehicle weight and transfer the load to the ground.  We typically see 12 inch walls that are eighteen inches deep to support each load-bearing beam of the guard.

Depending upon your soil conditions, drainage may be achieved with a deep crushed-rock base such as a French drain or by running PVC piping through the concrete walls to discharge any excess water.  Some areas may allow for natural drainage, but without proper removal of any water, the foundation and thus the guard itself may be compromised.  Effective drainage is vital to the longevity of the crossing and should be done with the best possible long-term solution in mind.

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Boxed Cattle Guard Installations

A boxed cattle guard is a great choice for temporary use in low traffic areas or construction sites.  Laid directly on flat ground, they can be spiked into the soil, railroad ties or a set in a firm gravel mix to help eliminate movement.  They are great for low volume access areas and don’t require a vault to be dug underneath.  A steel skirt is welded directly to the frame and will help keep the area below clear from creeping dirt.  Very popular with construction sites, the guards may be moved from location to location and be used as rumblers, dirt shakers, or washout areas to clean equipment before leaving a job site.

Best used in situations where the cattle guard will be used temporarily, these versatile installations will do well for all types of applications.

Cattle Guards – a convenient gate replacement

For ease of use, nothing provides better access to your livestock than a properly installed Texas Gate. You don’t need to manually open and close it or worry about someone leaving it open and your animals wandering off.  With proper installation, this convenient and secure access will greatly improve your ability to manage your farm and ranch.

Please visit BarnWorld.com to see our selection and don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or need any help with your installation!

Barn World Livestock Supplies  (720) 238-2190

 

 

 

Cattle Guards, the ultimate livestock gate!

Cattle Guards are the ultimate invisible livestock gate

By Barnworld Livestock – sales@barnworld.com

Cattle guards offer ease of access to your livestock pastures, farm and ranches while keeping your animals safe from wandering.  The simple design allows vehicles to pass through a fence line holding most ranch animals without having to stop and open, then close a gate.  If you have through traffic or other people working on your farm, you never have to worry about an open gate in the middle of the night.

Cattle Guard differences

Top Pipe Options:  Barn World offers each of the cattle guard types below with either round pipe or flat pipe on top.  The top pipe runs perpendicular to the direction of vehicular traffic and rests directly on the c-channel or i-beams underneath.  The weight of the vehicle is transferred from the pipe, to the beams and then to the ground.

The flat piping is ideal for areas of high speed traffic such as public roadways and other crossings with a lot of traffic moving at a faster clip.  The finish allows for a more smooth transition of the barrier with the least amount of ride disruption to the passengers and vehicle.  They can commonly be seen in use by state & federal highway projects.

Round Pipe cattle guards are of the same design as the flat pipe and come in 3-1/2 or 4-1/2 diameters.  The round pipe causes a bit more vibration on passing vehicles,  but is seen as a more effective deterrent to livestock.   The curvature of the pipe creates less of a balancing surface for hoofed animals creating more discomfort on the foot and leg if stepped on.  It is very difficult for hoofed animals (goats excepted) to get a secure footing feeling while balancing all of their weight on such a small, rounded surface.

The curved pipe also creates an optical barrier for livestock.  The curvature of the round pipe creates shadows that offer an optical barrier for the animals.  A study was done comparing the effectiveness of traditional round pipe cattle guards to white lines of roughly the same width painted on a black road surface to create the illusion of depth.  The painted lines were found initially to be surprisingly more effective than first thought. When cattle were introduced to the markings, they we not interested in testing the barrier, but when they had had some time to inspect the painted surface, the eventually were able to overcome their initially hesitation and cross without effort.  Once they were able to determine the road was indeed flat, they did in fact cross easily.  The optical illusion of a barrier did deter them for a time, but when incentivized to cross it, they did.  The researchers found that they still preferred to go around the markings, but didn’t have a problem crossing once the ‘jig was up’.

The traditional round –piped cattle guard, couples the optical deterrent with the physical to provide the most effective obstruction.  Livestock that are motivate to attempt a crossing and are brave enough to place a hoof on the guard quickly discover that the footing is unbearably unstable and will usually withdraw their hoof.   After that initial uncomfortable encounter with the steel round pipe, they will typically avoid it at all costs.

We have had reports of some aggressive or spooked bulls attempt to jump over the obstacle.  This is usually done in times of panic and some of the larger more athletic bulls can jump six feet or more on occasion.  For these more muscular and nimble ‘jumpers’ and eight foot (in the direction of travel) cattle guard has proved to be more than enough to show the animal that it’s a barrier not to be contemplated.

Of special note, even round topped guards do not work with all animals.  Smaller hoofed farm and ranch livestock such as goats and some sheep can be very nimble and often have no trouble tip-toeing through.  Animals with soft pads on their feet are able to balance on the round piping and although not a comfortable footing, they are able to walk across if they desire.

Flat rails and Round Rails

Round Rail Cattle Guard

Flat Top Rail Cattle Guard

Vaulted vs Boxed Cattle Guards

A second option available in the selection of cattle guards is the boxed vs. the traditional vaulted that requires a footing to rest on.

The boxed cattle guard

Boxed guards have a steel skirt surrounding it.  The skirt may be either welded into place or be removable.  The integral box is a steel skirt welded directly on that creates a barrier for dirt to creep underneath.  With this type of box, installation may be made directly on the ground without the need of footings or digging.  To clean out any debris that may have built up over time, it is simply drug out of place and then slid right back in.   At near 12 inches tall, dirt ramps are built up on either side to allow vehicles to cross over.

This type of installation is considered less permanent and is very popular in low traffic areas and construction sites needing an equipment washout area or a dirt rumble to clean vehicles before they enter a pubic roadway.  They are also more ‘portable’ and may be move from job site to job site if necessary.

The traditional cattle guard installation is done with a concrete foundation (although other materials are also used; ie railroad ties) and a ‘vault’ area is dug underneath to collect debris.  Typically, a rectangular concrete foundation is poured to keep the dirt walls from falling in and to provide support to the beams that run in the direction of traffic.  Although not considered a difficult endeavor, an experienced contractor who is familiar with the local soil conditions and frost / freeze levels is highly recommended.  If not properly supported, changes to the soil during freezing, water saturation or runoff may affect the structural integrity of the crossing and the cattle guard itself.

ATV Cattle Guards

There is also a cattle guard specifically designed for ATV use in crossing fence-lines.  We’ve custom built these for golf carts passage as well.  Simply cut whole in your fence-line and drop this guard into place.  That’s all that’s needed!!

Drive-over Gates

Another alternative to traditional cattle guards.  These gates pivot and allow the it to lay flat for a vehicle to safely cross over and then return to their upright position automatically.  This type of gate has been successfully used in busy feed lots with lots of tractor and truck traffic and provides yet another secure means of keeping livestock in place while allowing access to busy areas.

Cattle Guard Load Ratings

The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials or AASHTO, supplies maximum load ratings necessary for highway bridges and all crossings that support traffic.  The common load design specifications are shown in the table below:

  • H-15 (12 tons per axle)
  • H-20 (16 tons per axle)
  • U-54 (25 tons per axle)
  • U-80 (30 tons per axle)

These ratings are used by engineers who issue certificates of design reports and certify builders to ensure the product meets the load requirements for the ratings used above.  To achieve the designation, manufacturers must use specific welding techniques, materials and designs before the guard can be certified and used in a public roadway.  For most highway crossings, the 16 ton per axle or H-20 rating is used.

Non-rated cattle guards do not come with an engineer’s certification and are therefore more economical than the rated.  They are used on private property and in some cases made from the same materials and design specifications as the rated.  All cattle guards sold by Barn World are built to withstand fully loaded semi-trucks and large farm equipment.  They are very popular with traditional farm and ranch operations.

Note that we do not offer concrete cattle guards.  Although they may be initially cheaper than steel guards, our experience has been that they do not offer the longevity of steel and are subject to quickly cracking and chipping when exposed to the elements.  Once it starts, the life of the crossing quickly diminishes and the entire structure will need to be replaced.  A steel barrier offers the most durability and length of life for the user.

Considered the most effective means for controlling and containing livestock on a farm and ranch while offering the ultimate ease of access for all types of vehicles, steel cattle guards offer peace of mind and security no matter who needs to pass through a fence line.

For more information on our full line of farm and ranch supplies, or for any help with your livestock supplies, contact Barn World at 720.238.2190.

 

 

 

Drive Over Gates – a Cattle Guard alternative from Barn World!

Drive Over Gates from Barn World!   A Great Cattle Guard Alternative

 

Push over gate from Barn World

Barn World is excited to announce the arrival of the Drive-Over Gate.  No need to stop to open a gate, pull through only to stop again to close the gate.  This gate allows you to simply drive right over it!  It will return to it’s upright position automatically as soon as the vehicle or trailer is clear.

Drive Over Gate Uses

The gate allows easy access to all your fenced-in areas without the hassle of leaving your vehicle to open and close your gates.   This simple design has been tested in high traffic feed lots with all sorts of different vehicles.  We tested it repeatedly with very large tractors and heavy loads to ensure the durability of the gate and with the weight of every load transferred directly to the ground, there was no limit to what the gate could handle.  It proved extremely durable and trouble-free as shown in the video above.

It also allows for smaller ATVs, walk-through and walk-over traffic to easily pass a fence line. Large or heavy load are not necessary to ‘open’ the gate and it is easily passable by stepping on it or by removing the pass-through stakes and simply replacing them once you’ve gone through.

It also works well with your pivots

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Gate Operation

The Drive-Over Gate is held in position with solid, heavy-duty springs that ensure many years of trouble free use and is designed to be opened by all vehicles, large and small, from ATVs to large tractors with trailers. The tension on the springs may be adjusted to keep the gate as firm as you’d like from day one to through day 10,000.

No more gates to open or close! This gate allows you to drive right over it without exiting your vehicile!  It returns to it’s upright position automatically and is extremely durable.

The gate is accessible from both sides, and is easily pushed down by all vehicles and implements – from a small ATV to a tractor with attachments.  Irrigation pivots can cross fences any time and if you need to walk through, simply pull out one or two of the cushion rods and step through the gate.  You may also just push the gate over slightly and step on it to cross.

  • Easy for one person to set up and to move to a different location
  • Available in 6′, 14′ or 16′ widths

Livestock gate

The drive over or push over gate is great at containing your animals while allowing easy access to all of your pastures and fenced in areas.  The gates are large and sturdy enough that livestock won’t look twice at it as a means of escape.  Even if they do try and ‘test’ it, a push against the gate only leads to the gate pushing back and frightening the animal away.  They quickly learn not to mess with the moving gate.
The speed that the gate ‘resets’ to it’s upright position may be adjusted by varying the tension on the springs or the telescoping tubing.  There isn’t much pressure on the rods when they are in the down position so they barely tickle the underside of a vehicle as it crosses over.  Please see the above video for a demonstration.

Installing a Drive Over Gate Cattle Guard Alternative

With it’s simple and reliable design, it’s very easy to install the gate.  It’s important that the site be level and clear of obstructions in both directions for proper performance.  In the winter, you’ll want to make sure the snow doesn’t pile up on either side as the weight of a crossing vehicle may bend the rods when compressed over large ice buildups.  The gate is virtually maintenance free.

Cattle Guard Alternative

This gate has been used to provide easy access to all fence lines and it’s durability allows for all type of vehicles to cross effortlessly.  When comparing it to a cattle guard installation, there is no comparison.  No vaulted area or foundation is required to be dug and poured with concrete.  A 6-8 inch gravel base is recommended and it installs in much less time, without an engineer, contractor or permits needed that are necessary with a cattle guard install.  Simple to install and simple to use is why this gate is so popular and effective.
If you have any questions or would like a quote with shipping, please contact Barn World at 720.238.2190 or send an emailed to Sales@BarnWorld.com, and we will be more than happy to help.

Cattle Guards aren’t effective for all animals!

Cattle guards are not effective for all animals

As we’ve stated in previous posts, cattle guards are not designed as a deterrent for all animals or even all livestock.  To illustrate the point, here’s a cute little Beagle on YouTube that summoned the courage to cross a guard on it’s own even thought the gap between the pipes presents a real challenge.

This neat little video shows how non-hoofed creatures can navigate their way across and this little guy who is still pretty young was able to find his way.

Cattle guard:  designed for most hoofed animals

Called by many names; cattle gaps, Texas gates and many more, they are specifically for cows, bulls and deer and some other hoofed animals.  The major exception that we don’t recommend them for are horses.  The equine animals have slender legs and smaller hoofs that can allow their legs to slip in-between the pipe and when their hoof hits the bottom of the vaulted area, it can expose their legs to breaking at it’s most vulnerable point on the leg.  A horse will most likely spook at the surprise of being in such a precarious situation and will probably struggle to get out.  This can lead to spooking it’s way to a broken leg which no one wants.  We recommend only gates for horses.

Goats, sheep and other smaller hoofed, sure-footed livestock are also able to cross the guards.  We also recommend traditional standard gates for these animals as well.

While they can be an effective barrier for all animals, they are designed for cattle and work best with this type of livestock.  Other animals are simply too sure footed, cleaver or have soft pads that allowing crossings without too much trouble.

If we can help answer and questions or provide any guidance for your particular project, please don’t hesitate to let us know.  We will be more than happy to help with small private plans or larger commercial or public roadway and government jobs.

Don’t forget Barn World has a large selection of products for all your livestock supplies including everything from hay feeders to grain bins.  Please contact us at (720) 23-2190 anytime!

 

 

 

Cattle Guards from Barn World

Cattle Guard Use

Barn World cattle guards allow easy access to farm and ranch land by eliminating the need for gates. Cattle guards give open access but keep livestock inside. All cattle guards are constructed with heavy wall steel pipe and extra thick steel channel. All ends of these cattle guards are capped to prevent rust. Wings and boxed cattle guards are available with all sizes.

Cattle Guards and Different Styles

Boxed style cattle guards

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Boxed styles are designed to sit on flat ground with a gravel under-layment recommended for drainage of these cattle guards. In many cases these boxed cattle guards are used for wheel washes in construction sites, dirt rattlers and for providing access to low or slow traffic sites such as cell phone towers, off-site construction, driveways and other low traffic areas.  In all cases a local contractor familiar with soil conditions and drainage considerations should be consulted when planning an installation.

Flat Style Cattle Guards

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The flat style is designed to be mounted on cement footings and is the most popular in high traffic areas such as public roadways.  They are bolted directly to the concrete footings that also create the ‘vault’ or empty space under the guard.  This provide a visual deterrent to animals and is very effective in dissuading and attempt at crossing.

The flat style is a permanent installation and some designs have a hinged area on the guard that allows the center section to be lifted for cleaning out debris that may have collected in the vaulted space area underneath.  This feature is not available on all guards, but may be included with most of the highway rated crossings.

General Cattle Guard Notes

Here are some general notes and guidelines:

Load Ratings

All cattle guards can withstand the weight of full tractor-trailer loads.  The non-rated are most popular for private property such as driveways and access for farm equipment.

The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) provides guidelines for cattle guards with maximum load ratings. AASHTO load ratings are suitable for all types of applications including heavy duty logging roads. (See the table at the bottom of this article for more details on AASHTO load ratings.)

AASHTO Design Specifications

    • H-15 (12 tons per axle)
    • H-20 (16 tons per axle)
    • U-54 (25 tons per axle)
    • U-80 (30 tons per axle)

Rated cattle guards will meet the specifications needed for state and federal requirements such as DOT, BLM, USFS, NP, and US Military installations. They are also used in commercial applications such as mining, forestry, agriculture, and petroleum production. Rated cattle guards are the product of choice for residential usage where city, county, or state regulations require the HS20 rating. Certified structural steel is used in the manufacture of HS20 rated cattle guards.

HS20 cattle guards will be certified by an independent engineering firm to meet commercial standards and are intended for government bids. For use on private land, buying standard cattle guards will save you thousands of dollars, are identical in size and are made out of the same materials. They just do not come with the certifications and paperwork all the way back to the steel mill that government agencies require. If a non-rated guard for a private drive is needed, use a standard cattle guard.

Cattle guards may be constructed with 3″, 3-1/2″ or 4″-1/2″ pipe.  The 4″ pipe allows for an approximate gap of 4″ between each pipe and be built with 9 pieces.  The 3-1/2″ outside diameter pipe guards have 11 pieces and are approximately 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.  All 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.

Extending the depth of deterrant

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 to achieve greater distances in the direction of travel and create a larger deterrent for any animal wishing to attempt a jump.  Please note that we recommend standard gates be used when containing horses, goats, all small hoofed and sure-footed animals and animals with paws.

Ordering your cattle guard:

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.

When ordering cattle guards you will pay for the order without the shipping and we will collect the exact shipping cost with a second charge to the credit card used for the order.
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.

Note with regard to dimensions: Private use cattle guards are NOT built to exact dimensions. 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″.

If you have any questions, would like a quote with shipping or if we can help with anything at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We’ll be glad to assist in anyway we can.

Don’t forget, Barn World is your headquarters for all your farm and ranch supplies including hay feeders, livestock scales, saddle pads and even grain bins.  We have a complete selection of livestock supplies for you everyday needs.

Cattle Guards add security and convenience to Livestock management

Barn World Cattle Guards offer livestock containment and peace of mind

Owning and running a ranch is a full time job.  It’s a 24 hour labor of love to raise and care for many animals at a time.  Moving around to feed and attend to your livestock requires access to pastures that must be able to contain and protect while allowing ease of access for equipment and vehicles.  A cattle guard is the perfect solution and they come in many different shapes and sizes to allow for most any type of use.

We do not recommend a cattle guard for all types of animals.

Horses and Small Hoofed Animals:

For some, they merely don’t work.  A goat or other small sure-footed hoofed creatures can trot right across the top of the rails, while for other hoofed animals, they provide a serious danger.  A horse, with it’s slender legs, can slide right down to the bottom of the vault where it exposes the weakest part of the leg to the steel rail.  With their instant flee from danger mindset, they can panic and struggle to get out and quickly break a leg.  We strongly recommend only using a gate to contain equine.
Deer are agile creates with small hoofs and we do see cattle guards work as an effective deterrent.  With their ability to jump large distances effortlessly, we typically install at least a 12 foot barrier, with 16 feet being an ideal distance to discourage them from jumping across.  To get that kind of depth, two guards are bolted together doubling the width of the ‘Texas Gate’ in the direction of vehicular travel.

Cattle Guards and Non-hoofed Animals

The working mechanism of this popular deterrent is that a hoof, when placed on a curved surface, does not allow an animal to properly balance it’s weight on the leg.  That, along with the limited depth perception in cows, provides a strong and seemingly impossible barrier to hoofed animals.  Those with padded feet have the ability to balance on the rounded pipe as their point of contact is flexible and allows for the transfer of weight onto a surface that can balance on the cattle guard.  As such, dogs, cats, coyotes and other ‘soft-footed’ four-legged friends can simply walk across.  A gate would be the best option to stop these guys.

 

Types of 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

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Flat style cattle guards

designed to be mounted on cement footings

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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 padshay feeders, grain bins, mineral feeders and everything to do with livestock.  We even carry livestock scales!

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,

 

Boxed Cattle Guard

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:

cattle guard removable box

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!