Cattle Guard types and advantages

Livestock cattle guards have been in use for decades and with good reason:  They allow vehicles to conveniently cross a fence-line without the allowing a herd to wander off. Cattle guards provide effortless access to your pastures and provide the peace of mind that your animals remain safely contained, no matter who’s accessing the land.

Livestock Gates are inconvenient and less secure than cattle guards

The inconvenience of opening and closing a gate cannot be overstated.  Have you ever dreaded approaching a closed gate in a downpour or subzero temperatures knowing that you have to stop, get out and open the gate, get back in and drive through only to do it all over again to close the gate behind you?  It’s especially annoying when you’re climbing down from a large piece of equipment or when your cows are present and curious to see what the open gate is all about when you’re driving through.  These nerve-racking moments are over as soon as your cattle guard is installed.  Simply pass over the cattle guard knowing that your livestock cannot follow and carry-on with your day.

It’s not just you that’s inconvenienced with a gate and third-parties are not as diligent as owners when it comes to making sure it gets closed behind them.  Every someone else needs access through your fence line, there is a risk of your cattle escaping. All it takes is for one person to forget to close or not properly secure a latch and your livestock could easily slip out. This is especially important in remote areas where an open gate can go unnoticed for an extended period of time. Typically, it’s someone not affiliated with your operation that leaves it open and with access granted to third parties such as oil and gas companies, cell phone tower operators or any other organization that needs access to your land, it is difficult to ensure the gate will always be properly closed in a timely manner.

With the installation of a cattle guard, you can be sure that anyone can drive through your property and your animals will not be wandering off.  This peace of mind (especially at night when you’re trying to fall asleep!) is a real lifesaver and you can rest assured that your neighbor or ranch-hand has not allowed your investment to roam freely into the dangers of an unconfined area.

Types of cattle guards

Although all may be considered for your operation, each type of design has it’s own advantages.  Take a look at the round and flat top-pipe steel construction as well as the concrete design when planning your installation.

ROUND TOP-PIPE CATTLE GUARDS

The traditional design uses a round top-pipe to provide a strong, physical livestock barrier. It’s the most effective because a flat hoof is very difficult to balance on the rounded surface of the pipe. The combination of a large amount of weight balanced on a very small, unstable area creates a very strong negative feedback to the animal trying to cross. This physical deterrent is very effective even when tested by your most daring and curious cows.

The physical discomfort and resulting avoidance reaction is made more pronounced when coupled with the visual barrier of looking through the gaps of the top pipes. Oftentimes just the confusion created by the visual cues of the perceived varying depth is enough to dissuade even walking across.  In fact, some studies have shown that paint schemes on flat pavement designed to create the illusion of varying depths is often enough to prevent walking on, at least temporarily. The animals perceive that there is uneven ground and won’t bother investigating further.

Round top-pipe cattle guards provide the most effective physical barrier needed to keep livestock contained and allow vehicles to cross without the inconvenience or risk of an open gate.

FLAT TOP-PIPE CATTLE GUARDS

To provide a smoother crossing for automobiles, especially at higher speeds, a flat top-pipe cattle guard may be what you’re looking for.  These cattle guards are typically for use in high traffic and high-speed vehicle crossings.  The top pipe is flat and narrow so that it provides both the physical and visual barriers necessary for hoofed animals.  Its physical deterrent is not as aggressive as the round pipe, but is still effective and provides a much smoother crossing for all vehicle types.

These cattle guards are also available in higher load-carrying capacity ratings than the round pipe and are typically seen as more aesthetically pleasing for designers and homeowners.

CONCRETE CATTLE GUARD FORMS

Another great option to the traditional steel guard is the use of concrete forms.  These forms allow you to pour your own and make as many as you wish.  Concrete cattle guards are used almost exclusively in rural areas that don’t see the high traffic areas of steel guards, but they do have a lot of advantages that steel can’t compete with.

Benefits of concrete cattle guard forms

One of the best features of using forms is that you can make as many of them as you like. With detailed instructions, you can create a 16 ton per axle (HS20- rated) crossing for your heaviest vehicles!  Your only cost is that of the concrete and the plastic forms themselves. If you have the ability to mix your own concrete, this can be an extremely economical option.

Shipping costs are also substantially less than that of one-piece steel products. The forms usually ship as an over-sized package and aren’t required to go on a flatbed truck via the common carriers. The shipping cost savings can be substantial and are often an important consideration for the overall cost of your project.

One word of caution with any concrete product exposed to the elements:  Keep an eye out for cracking or crumbling. Concrete doesn’t always do well with high velocity impact and chipping or cracking can occur.  Once started, a small chip can turn into a larger area of decay and cracks can allow water to penetrate the concrete which can then freeze and crack from within. A s long as you keep an eye out for external damage and patch it when necessary, concrete will last a very long time.

Whichever route you choose, a cattle guard can provide years of rugged use and the convenience and security of never having to manage the opening and closing of a gate.  It also provides the peace of mind knowing that your animals are held securely in their pasture!  For more information or help with your installation, check out www.BarnWorld.com or give them a call at (720) 238-2190 and they’ll be happy to help.

 

 

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

cattle guard

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.

Gates: Livestock gate review from Barn World

Sioux Steel Gates from Barn World

Barn World is proud to offer the full line of Sioux Steel gates.  We offer a full line of gates for light, medium and heavy duty use and high crowding areas. You are sure to find a gate to fit your needs at Barn World.

Below is a quick outline of the various gates that we offer:

 

Heavy Duty – Victory and  High Country Gates:

These heavy duty gates are a powder coated, 16gauge, 50,000 PSI high tensile steel workhorse of the gate.  Designed to be the toughest in the industry, this gate can take it all it.  It features z-bar uprights and is hand welded for extra strength and use in high crowding areas.  They are very popular in feedlots and are designed for high crowding, high traffic areas.  If you needed indestructible gate, this is it.

 

Features include:

Mitered Joints:
  • Mitered and arc welded.
  • Every tube is cut and tailored for a perfectly fitted connection before it’s given a permanent, 360°weld.
  • Prairie Gold Powder Coat Finish. Other colors may be available,
  • Twist-A-Lock Latch & Chain:
  • Slotted latch is easy to lock and unlock, but requires twisting action to open, so it’s stock proof – can be pad locked.
  • Chain is 27 links, 3 ft. long – wraps around railroad ties.
    High quality materials:
  • Made from 50,000 psi, high-tensile, structural steel tubing.
    16 Gauge Tubing:
  • Made from heavy 16 gauge tubing to hold up better and last longer.
    Z-Bar Vertical Beam (except 4′ & 6′ gates):
  • One piece, formed and punched to support crossbars.
  • Crossbars run through the beam and are spot welded.
  • All steel parts become one, unbroken piece.
    Four Styles of Hinges:
  • The 3/4″ and 1″ Adjustable Hinge allows the gate to be moved up or down, and it is replaceable.
  • Big 3/4″ diameter solid steel hinge pin takes tough wear.
  • Gate swings 270 degrees
  • 3/4 Standard hinge used on stock gates.
  • 1″ heavy duty hinge used on 7 bar gates.
    J-Bolt Hinge:
  • 3/4″ diameter x 12: long hinge bolt.
  • adjustable in/out on bolt and up/down on gate.
  • 1 5/8″ clamp used on field gate and farm gate.
  • 2″ Clamp used on red gates.
  • Medium Duty – Big Red Gates:

    The Big Red Guardian gates is a medium duty gate made from 18gauge steel area it’s perfect for medium use at his powder coated like all of Sioux Steel gates.  Below are some of the features of the Guardian gate.

    Features of the Big Red Guadian Gates:

    Mitered Joints:

  • Mitered and arc welded.
  • Every tube is cut and tailored for a perfectly fitted connection before it’s given a permanent, 360°weld.
  • Red Powder Coat Finish.
    “Twist-A-Lock” Latch & Chain:
  • Slotted latch is easy to lock and unlock, but requires twisting action to open, so it’s stock proof – can be pad locked.
  • Chain is 27 links, 3 ft. long – wraps around railroad ties.
    High quality materials:
  • Made from 50,000 psi, high-tensile, structural steel tubing.
    18 Gauge Tubing:
  • Made from heavy 18 gauge tubing to hold up better and last longer.
    Z-Bar Vertical Beam (except 4” & 6” gates):
  • One piece, formed and punched to support crossbars.
  • Crossbars run through the beam and are spot welded.
  • All steel parts become one, unbroken piece.
    Adjustable Hinges:
  • The 3/4″ Adjustable Hinge allows the gate to be moved up or down, and it is replaceable.
  • Big 3/4″ diameter solid steel hinge pin takes tough wear.
  • Gate swings 270°
    J-Bolt Hinge:
  • 3/4″ diameter x 12: long hinge bolt.
  • adjustable in/out on bolt and up/down on gate.
  • 2″ Clamp used on red gates.
  • Light Duty – Maverick Gates:

    The Maverick brand, is a light duty gate made from 20gauge steel and is perfect for utility uses.  These are inexpensive but high quality powder coated gates that are useful almost everywhere.

    Features of the Maverick Gates:

    1 5/8″ – 20 gauge steel tubing
    50″ High
    T Slot Latch
    Built for non-crowding, low traffic areas.

    These are not just another commodity gate at an economy price! 

    • We use only 50,000 psi high tensile structural steel tubing for consistent material quality throughout the whole gate.
    • Mitered joints allow for a tailored fit and provide a full 360° area for a strong durable weld.
    • Formed and punched Z-bar vertical uprights.
    • Standard T-slot latch complete with heavy duty chain.
    • Durable power coat paint finish (gray color).

    Medium Duty – Big Red Gates:

    The Big Red Guardian gates is a medium duty gate made from 18gauge steel area it’s perfect for medium use at his powder coated like all of Sioux Steel gates.  Below are some of the features of the Guardian gate.

    Features of the Big Red Guadian Gates:

    Mitered Joints:

  • Mitered and arc welded.
  • Every tube is cut and tailored for a perfectly fitted connection before it’s given a permanent, 360°weld.
  • Red Powder Coat Finish.
    “Twist-A-Lock” Latch & Chain:
  • Slotted latch is easy to lock and unlock, but requires twisting action to open, so it’s stock proof – can be pad locked.
  • Chain is 27 links, 3 ft. long – wraps around railroad ties.
    High quality materials:
  • Made from 50,000 psi, high-tensile, structural steel tubing.
    18 Gauge Tubing:
  • Made from heavy 18 gauge tubing to hold up better and last longer.
    Z-Bar Vertical Beam (except 4” & 6” gates):
  • One piece, formed and punched to support crossbars.
  • Crossbars run through the beam and are spot welded.
  • All steel parts become one, unbroken piece.
    Adjustable Hinges:
  • The 3/4″ Adjustable Hinge allows the gate to be moved up or down, and it is replaceable.
  • Big 3/4″ diameter solid steel hinge pin takes tough wear.
  • Gate swings 270°
    J-Bolt Hinge:
  • 3/4″ diameter x 12: long hinge bolt.
  • adjustable in/out on bolt and up/down on gate.
  • 2″ Clamp used on red gates.
  • Video Text – Review of Sioux Steel Gates:

    Sioux Steel’s a famous company it’s been around since 1918, family owned and operated and here’s what made us famous, our gates.  Starting off here is a medium duty gate, it’s an 18gauge red Guardian gate.  It’s not too high-priced, not too cheap, it’s perfect for medium use and you can see it’s powder coated.  All of our dates feature powder coating which literally bakes it and protects it from the lifetime of the gate.

    Moving on here is one of our least expensive gates, this is the Maverick brand.  The Maverick gates are 20gauge, powder coated again and they’re made for light duty.  Very inexpensive again but high quality as well.

    Here’s definitely are gold-medal winner of the Sioux Steel gates.  This is the gate that made us famous.  As you travel across the United States you’ll see these gold gates.  This is a 7 x 1.  In feedlots, you’ll see the victory line in heavy crowding areas, and it features the Z bar uprights right here and of course powder coated, 16gauge, 50,000 PSI high tensile steel.  This gate is as good as they come, they’re the very best on the market and reasonably priced.  Folks we just can’t say enough about the victory line of gates from the Sioux Steel company.

    Input is a big part of Sioux Steel company.  We listen to our dealers and our customers and to what they want and we try to accommodate them.  And that’s exactly how the high country line came about.  You can see a high country panel here.  These are very popular in rugged areas, Wyoming, Colorado, Western Nebraska, West River South Dakota.  And the unique feature of this, this is a panel right here.  Everything is hand welded, these are notched up rights.  They literally take to being an and weld each piece to make them super strong.  Once again, 16gauge tubing, powder coated, and you can see that each gate comes with the very famous collar hinge.  Ranchers really like this type of hinge, it really adds to the usability of the gate.  These things here are definitely super heavy duty, and built to take any type of crowding situation.  We are talking about 2000 pound bulls for feedlot usage, these are perfect for any of your heavy duty usage areas.  The high country gate is definitely a big seller.

     

    Visit Barn World.com  to view our entire gate selection and everything from cattle guards to saddle pads.  Or call 720-238-2190 today.