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:

Virtual Cattle Guard

From Wikipedia

 

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.

Barn World, LLC
720.238.2190

 

 

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!

Horse hay feeder from Hay Hut – A great horse round bale feeder!

Barn WorldBarn World now carries the Hay Hut hay feeder!

 As the entire country is affected by the drought, the cost of feeding your livestock continues to rise.  It’s now more important then ever to minimize waste from feeding.

Barn World carries a large selection of hay feeders to minimize waste and provide increase profits.  The Hay Hut hay feeder is a great horse hay feeder that is so easy to use and simple in design that feeding round bales to your animals is a cinch.

Horse Hay Feeder

In addition to the actual hay/cost savings, the use of large bale hay significantly reduces Labor costs and these Hayhuts help to minimise pasture stress in overstock situations and during poor forage growing conditions.

It is interesting to note how well these units stop ‘big bale bickering’ and also how they bring a strong air of calmness and contentedness across the ranch as the horses all know that they have a constant source of forage.

The unit ships in two halves with simple build instructions and takes approximately 30 minutes to bolt together. They are very easy to move, manage, load and maintain

The Hayhut is a robust, durable, and UV stabilized covered hay feeder made of polyethylene and hence it cannot rust and does not require any maintenance unlike the majority of metal feeders.

 

The Hayhut is a full 84 inches in depth so that it can accommodate the largest of round rolls now being produced in the USA and up to twenty conventional square bales or the majority of big square bales. This additional depth also allows it to be easily pushed back over very large bales, even if they have been placed on a pallet, without catching the top lip of the feeder on the bale.

It is 84 inches high so that there is plenty of headroom for the use of a pallet while still allowing for good airflow and cooling over the top of the bale.

Hayhut will fit in the back of pickup. The width of 72 inches allows up to three units (in six halves) to be transported easily in a standard bed pick-up truck (see photo).

The Hayhut is delivered in halves to reduce shipping costs and a single half unit can be ordered. A half unit can be mounted against a wall or hard structure for use with conventional square bales. It can also be mounted against a fence with a locally purchased plywood back attached for weather protection

This half unit measures 42″ x 72″ x 84″ and has four feeding windows.

The unit ships in two halves with simple build instructions and takes approximately 30 minutes to bolt together. They are very easy to move, manage, load and maintain and we have many testimonials to that effect. The Hayhut is supplied with all assembly hardware and a lifting eye for relocation purposes. It can also be relocated with a round roll by inserting the roll inside the unit. Just see our video to see how easy it is to move.

Hayhuts are warranted for 1 year. Similar units of identical material from the same manufacturer have been examined after 6 years of 24/7 use in Missouri and this leads us to believe that Hayhuts should provide at least 10 years of good service which is an outstanding return on investment.They are designed and manufactured to accommodate all sizes of round rolls up to 1600 lbs. We have incorporated bigger windows for larger horses up to 17hh and anchor points for windy conditions.

Here’s a great demonstration video:

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Below are just some of the happy customers we have using Hayhuts. 
Please contact us for more information or if you wish to provide a testimonial about how Hayhut hay feeders work for you.

Gottado Ranch, Ocala – April 2011
We purchased 2 Hay Huts at an equine event in Ocala, FL. They are easy to set up and use. As soon as we had them in the field the horses came over to check it out. They were eating out of it before we left. We had a really bad rainstorm about 3 days after we started using our Hay Huts. I went out after the storm to check the hay inside the huts. The hay was bone dry! The wind did not even blow rain in the windows. The horses love it and none of them fight. There is no manure or urine in the hay because the Hay Hut prevents this. This results in almost all of the hay in the Hay Hut is being used as food rather than bedding. Thank you Hay Hut for a great product that saves time and money. We plan on purchasing another Hay Hut before next winter.

January 2011
Thank you so much
for your courtesy and help as I decided whether or not to buy your Hayhuts product, for Potomac Glen Riding School . Since we have four paddocks at Potomac Glen, each containing 5 to 7 horses, we needed at least four Hayhuts, and I was initially very concerned about what I thought might be an expensive investment.

I am very pleased 
to report that the four Hayhuts I purchased have exceeded my wildest hopes of better hay usage & economy. Without a doubt, the Hayhuts have halved my round bale usage in just the last few months, thereby cutting my hay costs substantially. The Hayhuts have eliminated hay waste by keeping the horses from sleeping & defecating on the round bale hay. They also keep the ice, snow and rain off the round bales so I no longer lose a lot of hay. The Hayhuts have also eliminated the typical wasted mound of unusable hay, and the horses eat all of the round bale hay and leave only dust. My quality if life has improved because, in addition to saving on my round bale hay costs, I have also cut my work load substantially by feeding the bales to my horses only once a week, instead of two times a week, and the paddock clean up is virtually non-existent! Thank you again for your Hayhuts. When finances permit, I will be adding two more Hayhuts to the riding school. I will be happy to talk to anyone who is interested in Hayhuts. They can contact me at (301)601-0622, or our website is www.potomacglenridingschool.com. I will be happy to tell them about my experiences and to heartily recommend Hayhuts!
Susan Hansen Potomac Glen Riding School 24201 Clarksburg Road Clarksburg , MD 20871 2.

January 2011
Eliminates almost all waste!
Just a note to tell you I don’t think you were totally truthful with me when we talked about the hay hut: you said I could probably reduce hay waste by about 30%… well I have now fed two round bales out of the hut and am COMPLETELY CONVINCED waste is almost totally non existent! I watch the horses eat every day at some time or other and it seems when they do drag a mouthful out of the hut and drop it, that before they stick their heads back in they almost always pick up what they have dropped and eat it first. If there is a mouthful laying on the ground when they first walk up to the hut they usually pick it up and eat it first! They have developed really good “table” manners. I would bet out of the two bales fed so far, not even three (YES 3!) pounds of hay has been wasted and when it has snowed it was totally protected. The price initially, did seem high but with the price of hay it will pay for itself in very short order, well worth the investment for sure! Thanks for delivering and helping me get started assembling it and Thanks for a GREAT product!

AUGUST 21st 2010
The Hay Hut is really working out well!
The horses love it. Little to no waste on the hay. The hay stays dry, and no fussing. We did learn to set the hay on end instead of the side, as on the side they were able to peal layers off and out. Not so when it’s sitting on end. Carole (Missouri)

MAY 1st 2010
I just wanted to tell you that I put up 2 huts in my fields for my 5 horses and the 2 round bales lasted 3 weeks! I was feeding 4 bales of hay/day and at $4-$5/bale/day, that was about $16-$20/day. With the Hayhuts I am only spending about $4/day! I love them! Thanks, Kelly Melberg Winlock, Wa

A letter from Pennsylvania

We wanted to drop you a note and let you know how satisfied we are with your product. We purchased three units from you in July ’09. The units were assembled and put in the pastures once we received them. We started feeding hay on and off from October until December. Starting in December we began feeding fulltime from the feeders.

Our hay usage has shown a dramatic decrease. We do not see the large hay/manure piles that we routinely had using conventional round bale feeders. By this time each winter I am usually looking for sources of hay; our barn still has enough to last us for another two months. We have the largest number of horses that we ever have had on the farm, we have used less hay than we used to with fewer animals. We have fed small square bales, large round bales and large square bales in the feeders: they handle all of these varieties without any problems at all.

We are feeding animals in a variety of sizes and breeds. They all readily use the feeders without any problems. We are feeding our foals, yearlings, broodmares, miniature donkeys and a large Thoroughbred and Irish Sport horse on these feeders. We have three pastures running at the present time, one feeder has five horses on it, one has ten broodmares and the other has six geldings and two donkeys.

Assembly of the units was easy and took only around 20 minutes per hut. The green color blends in well with our fields and makes the huts easy to find in snow drifts, lol. Ordering and delivery were easy and I believe we will easily recover the cost of the units by the end of this year or the beginning of next. The amount of hay saved and a decrease in wasted hay/manure mixed is unbelievable.

We would highly recommend your product to anyone feeding horses round bales of hay or even small bales. The quality of the huts, the cost, the performance and your customer service have made purchasing and using these units a pleasure.

Thank you, The Hillards Pat and Kathy Hillard

City of Houston Mounted Patrol
Hayhuts are everything they say they are and more. We’ve had 4 Hayhuts for over 5 months now and have already recognized a savings with less waste. All 38 Police Horses love the Hayhuts as there is always fresh clean hay available to them when they are turned out. There is no fighting over the hay and no injuries caused by the Hayhuts. We have all sizes and breeds of horses at the Houston Mounted Patrol and all of them love the Hayhuts. Hayhuts prove the simplest designs are usually the best. Our horses thank you for making such a great product!” – Sgt. Leslie Wills, Houston Mounted Patrol

Road to the Horse Chris Cox uses Hayhut Hayhuts save and preserve the hay. They keep the hay weather protected and are horse friendly.” – Chris Cox

Nebraska Blizzard
Hay Feeders for Horses
Hi Denis, Just thought I’d let you know the Hayhuts made it through their first Nebraska blizzard just fine! I thought I may find them either full of snow or blown across my feeding area, but, neither was the case. They stayed in place, no snow was inside and the horses had plenty to eat all through the storm! – Mary Anne G. – Nebraska From using one round bale every 3-3 1/2 days to every 5-5 1/2 days I have been using the amazing Hayhuts for not quite a year now. I was about done with round bales before I found these. The horses would waste so much. We had one paddock where we were feeding 1 round bale every 3 to 3 1/2 days. When we started using the Hayhut it went to 5, 5 1/2 days sometimes even 6 days. I am now using 1/2 a Hayhut in a shed and another on the fence line. We throw small square bales or flakes of hay. There is no waste doing that. When you feed alfalfa to the babies they do not stand on it any more. They love their hay hut. If you ever use one you will not let it go. What a great invention.
– Karen Bruce, Irish Oaks Farm

The mini can eat there too
“Well it’s been a week and I LOVE it. Loads of rain and all the hay dry. The mini can eat there too, if I put hay high or just put bale under opening. Another satisfied customer. Thanks!” – Vicki – Florida

 

Be sure to feed smart this summer and receive the economical benefits and ease of use the Horse Hut Hay Feeder offers.

Also visit Barn World today for all of your livestock supplies needs.  We also carry a large selection of cattle guards, hay feeders, grain bins and even 5 Star saddle pads.

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.

stall waterer for equine

  • 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.

plastic stock tank

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.
bottomless stock tank

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.

 

 

 

Pet Portraits and Watercolors

Barn World now offers personal pet portraits!

  • Radar Radar
  • Baxter Baxter
  • Zoe on the Road Again Zoe on the Road Again
  • Rocky Rocky

     

In addition to offering a huge selection of farm and ranch supplies, Barn World now offers more then just hay feeders, grain bins, cattle guards and livestock supplies.

Pet Portraits

Watercolor portraits make wonderful gifts – to those you love or to yourself.   Commemorate your child’s first show ribbon by surprising them with a watercolor of their winner.   Hang the portrait in the trophy room next to your champion’s ribbons. Honor the memory of a favorite pet – your’s or a friend’s.

All watercolors are painted on 140# Arches paper.   They are presented with a neutral-colored, acid-free mat and mounted on archival backing ready for your frame.  Please indicate which style appeals to you – white or tinted.   Detailed backgrounds are extra and can be discussed during the ordering process.

Simply e-mail up to three photos of your animal.  Since eyes are very important in capturing an animal’s personality, please try to get their expression in your shots.   Identify which portrait is your favorite if there is a particular pose you like.   Please choose either head portrait or full body (larger sized portraits are best for these depictions).   Please let us know if you would like a dedication on the front or back

Paintings are generally completed and sent within three weeks after receiving your photos; a more specific time will be provided when your order is received.   Timing may be longer prior to holiday seasons.    All costs and delivery date will be outlined for you before work begins, and you will receive an e-mailed photo of the completed work, for your approval, before the watercolor is mailed.   We do retain copyright and reproduction rights on the artwork though, of course, you have title and ownership of the original artwork.

PET PORTRAIT PRICING

Image Size

Outside Mat (Frame) Size

Price

10.5” x 13.5”

16” x 20”

$180

8” x 10”

11” x 14”

$140

4.5” x 6.5”

8” x 10”

$100

Please visit Barn World today for all your cattle guard and livestock supply needs and explore our wonderful new watercolor gallery.

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.

Horse Tack Post: 5 Star Saddle Pads at Barn World

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Saddle Pads from 5 Star are at Barn World

Barn World, your best source for equine tack, is proud to offer the best quality saddle pads and cinches available.  5 Star saddle pads and cinches are hand made to order and offer French Contouring to ensure a proper fit for your horse or mule.  The unique saddle pad design allows it to conform to your horse’s back and provide the best fit for equine performance and comfort.

We are so impressed with the 100% wool saddle pads and simplicity of design, that we believe everyone could benefit from using them.

Here’s a quick video and text from Laurel:

“A lot of gimmicks can be strapped under a saddle to get one benefit or another, but man has yet to create a product that outperforms virgin wool, and over the long haul, virgin wool content felt pads will outperform any other type of pad or blanket hands down. 5 stars 100% percent wool contoured saddle pads conform immediately to your horse’s back for perfect fit. Our F-11 wool felt has the highest virgin wool content available and offers 3 times more compression protection and wicking ability than any other pad on the market. While the importance of compression protection is pretty clear given the dominance of rubber, bubble wrap and space age jelly saddle pads today, only high quality wool felt offers great compression protection while simultaneously wicking away moisture. That wicking action is the means by which heat is dissipated under the pressure of the saddle. The best compression protection, coupled with the best wicking ability, translates to the best performance from your equine partner. When you consider the amount of money one might spend on feed, tack, vet bills and entry fees to pursue your equine passion, a saddle pad with all the ingredients for maximum performance is essential. While the big ships full of cheap goods leave a toxic trail all the way from Los Angeles to China and back, 5 Star is producing the highest quality products right here in the USA.”

From Mike:  “In the last 20 years the industry has come up with using every conceivable kind of thing out of the auto industry and space industry that was never intended for use in horses. Everything from gels to foams to freezer linings all of these have zero or next to nothing as far as good quality and compression protection and absolutely zero in wicking ability and the agents that are needed for wicking sweat and heat away from the horses back. Pressed industrial felt is the only thing that has really been proven over time to have the high quality wicking ability and high compression ratio for horses. 5 Star has 3 times the compression ratio of any other pad on the market and has 2 times the wicking ability of any close competitor in the felt industry as far as pads are concerned. So why is 5 Star so good? 5 Star uses the highest quality virgin wool content in their felt. Only through the use of high-quality virgin wool, can you have a high-quality compression ratios and the high wicking quality you can get. Add to that,5 Stars established French curve that will fit any horse backline that settles in to create high-quality performance. 5 Star is a pad that will last forever, kind of like an old sweater that you snag and you throw away so that you have a chance to get a new one. Nothing makes it simpler for performance and making 5 Star the best pad in your tack room.”

Some pointers from 5 Star for use when selecting a saddle pad:

  • If the saddles don’t fit they can push pads out the back.
  • A saddle tree may be warped if it pushes pad out the back and to the side.
  • If you wouldn’t wear that stuff for underpants or socks why put it on the animal!
  • Synthetic pads have the highest profit margin for makers.
  • Sweat pouring off a back is like you standing on ice with tennis shoes on a hill!
  • Do you like having bandages pulled off your hairy arms? So how do you think tacky material feels to an animal?
  • Wool felt pads are easily cleaned!
  • Synthetic fleeced saddle skirting is slick and will present problems with most pads.
  • Don’t be fooled by Patent Pending in advertising.
  • Synthetic foams are not UV light resistant and break down,
  • Synthetic foams break down from heat and salts of the animal.
  • Fire or strong acids are the only thing that will harm wool.
  • All pads will contract and spread disease when not cleaned if infection exists.
  • Pinch pads with thumb and fingers.  If you can feel the other digit it likely has bad compression protection.
  • Buy for function first, then looks.
  • Don’t be fooled by gimmick terms and pictures.
  • Ask construction specifications of retailer and manufacturer.

For all of your equine tack needs, please visit BarnWorld.com today or call 720.238.2190.

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.