The Decision to Buy A Cattle Guard

Cattle Guards provide security, convenience, and peace of mind.

cattle guard installed in roadway

The sun had already set when the family returned to the ranch with a gooseneck full of hay. They were tired and hungry, but the thought of a late home-cooked meal and a good night’s rest kept them going.

As they pulled up to the entry gate with the trailer in tow, they noticed something strange: The gate was wide open. A quick search of the surrounding pastures and their fear was confirmed. Their cattle had wandered off into the night.

Panic set in as they realized the amount of work that lay ahead and the potential trouble and danger the loose animals could create. Someone had simply forgot, or didn’t properly close and latch the gate, and now an immediate nighttime search and rescue operation for the family herd was necessary.

Up at the house, they grabbed their gear and flashlights before heading out into the dark to search for the missing cattle. They split up, each taking a different direction, and began looking in the surrounding fields and places where they thought the animals might congregate.

It wasn’t long before they realized just how difficult it was going to be to find their cattle in the middle of the night. The darkness made it hard to see and the cows could be scattered or grouped together almost anywhere.

The eldest daughter riding her ATV came across a small group grazing on some tall grass near the side of the road.  A road is not where you want to come across a herd in the dark. Passing cars and trucks could easily run into them and cause a heck of an accident. The potential loss of life was at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

Worried about such an event, the family kept looking in the dark for the rest of the cattle.

After another 45 minutes of searching and worrying about animal and human safety, the main herd was discovered in the dry riverbed further along the road.  The family worked together to corral the animals and decided to load them into trailers instead of herding them back to the ranch in the dark.

Once they were safely back in the pasture, the family realized the importance of having a cattle guard to prevent their animals from wandering off again. They knew it was an investment that would protect their animals, their livelihood, and possibly the lives of those in the passing vehicles on the nearby road.

cattle-guard on concrete foundations

Within three weeks, the guard was installed and they felt a sense of relief knowing that their cattle and passing vehicles would be secure on the property. The installation ensures the safety and security of their livestock no matter who was entering or leaving their property.

Cattle Guard

Not only that, but one of the best benefits of the cattle guard is that they no longer have to deal with operating a gate. To drive up, stop, and get out to open the gate in the rain or snow was never any fun. Nor was trying to get through the entrance before the animals began crowding the gate. Fighting the large animals off to close the gate before they can escape creates a dangerous situation.

Now, the family, and anyone else for that matter, can drive through without stopping and the family no longer has to worry about their cattle leaving the pasture and wandering around roads or the neighbor’s property.

For your own safety, convenience, and peace of mind, get a cattle guard from Barn World today!

cattle guard installed in road

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Stall Mat Kits from Barn World

If you’re a horse owner, you know that maintaining a clean and safe environment for your equine friends is essential for their health and well-being. One of the best investments you can make in your barn is the high-quality, interlocking Horse Stall Mat Kits. These simple-to-install, maintenance-free mats create a sanitary surface for your horses and provide a flat, durable surface for easy daily cleaning.

white horse standing on stall mats

Below are some of the benefits of the Interlocking Stall Mat Kits seen at Barn World.


Safety is a top priority when it comes to horse care. Interlocking stall mats provide a non-slip surface for better traction and help reduce the risk of slipping, falling, or even stumbling onto your feet when in the stall with them.

Loose stall mats that don’t interlock tightly are subject to moving and allowing shavings under the corners and edges. These raised areas create a tripping point that can catch a hoof and lead to a dangerous fall in a confined stall. Unlike the unimproved and uneven dirt surfaces seen in many stalls, the strong rubber mats interlock completely flat to prevent raised areas and eliminate any movement between them. The precision-cut teeth make an extremely tight fit so the individual mats behave as a large, single sheet of thick rubber.

Additionally, these mats are designed to absorb shock and reduce the impact on your horse’s legs, joints, and hooves. The strong rubber surface is more forgiving than dirt and helps prevent joint pain and other related standing injuries. Just as a soft mat used for people standing for long periods of time helps with leg fatigue, a stall mat helps horses avoid standing discomfort. They spend a lot of time in the stall and standing on a softer surface is beneficial to their legs and joints.

Health and Cleanliness

Another crucial aspect of maintaining a healthy environment for your horse is cleanliness. The mats provide a smooth, non-porous surface that prevents the accumulation of moisture which can lead to bacterial growth and foul odors.

Cleaning the stall mats is easy and hassle-free with the flat rubber surface. A dirty stall can be a breeding ground for bacteria and mold which can affect the health of your horse and even yourself. Stall floors damp with equine urine and feces provide an ideal environment for the growth of various fungi and molds, some of which can pose health hazards to both horses and humans.

Below are a few of the health risks of a damp and dirty stall for humans and horses alike:

  • Aspergillus – a fungus when inhaled can cause respiratory problems in both horses and humans, including coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing.
  • Stachybotrys: A type of mold that thrives in damp or wet conditions. Consistent exposure can cause respiratory problems, skin irritation, and other health issues in both horses and humans.
  • Fusarium: A mold that can grow on hay and straw in damp conditions found in horse stalls. Horses can develop respiratory problems, skin irritation, and other health issues.
  • Rhizopus: Another mold that affects both humans and horses with respiratory problems.
  • Salmonella: A bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal problems, including diarrhea and vomiting, again, in both horses and humans.

To avoid these health hazards, it’s very important to maintain a clean and dry environment in your stalls. A rubber stall mat keeps the moisture from accumulating on the floor of the stall or into the dirt beneath and allows it to be absorbed by the shavings which are removed and replaced with regular cleanings. In fact, the easier it is to clean a stall, the more likely it is to be cleaned frequently. Make sure your stall is clean and dry by removing the soiled bedding and manure. Providing frequent ventilation will also help reduce the risk of exposure to these harmful agents.

a horse smelling a stall mat

Stable Connections – pun intended!

To prevent liquid such as urine or even drinking water from being absorbed into a bare stall floor or even under the mats, the kits include precision laser-cut connecting ‘teeth’ for an incredibly tight fit.

stall mat teeth for stable connections

Not only does it prevent urine and water from seeping between the mats and getting below the cleanable surface, but it also holds the separate mats together so they don’t move independently and they behave as a single, solid sheet.

The fit is so precise that we recommend using a rubber mallet to make the connection between the teeth.

Quality and Durability

When it comes to durability and longevity, the Stall Mat Kits from Barn World stand out from the rest. They’re made with high-quality 100% Recycled Vulcanized Rubber which increases the rubber’s strength, elasticity, and resistance to abrasion.  The material is designed to withstand heavy use for many years.


Horse Stall Mat Kits are maintenance-free, safer, cleaner, and healthier for animals and humans than dirt, concrete, or asphalt floors. A clean environment promotes your horse’s health and well-being while making mucking out a stall easier for those that are putting in the work.

Use fewer shavings and make cleaning much easier with the long-lasting Stall Mat Kits from Barn World.

Contact Barn World today for help planning your stall floor upgrade. They will also be able to email a quote for delivery right to your door!

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A Hog Feeder Will Save Time & Money!

A quality feeder is not only important for providing your pigs with the nutrition they need for healthy weight gains, but it’s invaluable for minimizing labor and feed waste which all contribute to profitability!

One of the best lines of Hog feeders on the market today is made by Osborne Industries. 

a hog feeder in a field


Osborne was founded by a collection of farmers in the early 1970s who developed feeders to be efficient and save time and money.  Their designs were self-feeding, on-demand feeders that allowed pigs to access food whenever they needed it, reducing the need for manual feeding schedules. The on-demand feature almost eliminated food waste immediately.  The design translated into lower labor and bottom-line savings.

Over the years, Osborne continued to refine and improve its feeders, introducing new features and designs that further increased efficiency and durability. They developed durable pig feeders and hog feeders to cover all phases of the growth cycle. Today, they are widely recognized as one of the best feeding solutions for pigs and full-grown hogs with a reputation for quality and reliability.

Pig Feeder Benefits

The on-demand feeding design allows helps eliminate excess food waste and promotes more frequent meals throughout the day. It keeps the feed from standing in the trough where it can collect moisture and rot. The freshly dispensed food promotes more, smaller feedings, better digestion, and nutrient absorption for healthier weight gain.

How It Works: The animals learn to nudge a sweep wheel that dispenses food when moved. The wheel arm has a trough paddle on the bottom so the trough is cleaned while it travels across the bottom. It’s a self-cleaning design that helps keep food waste from building up in the bottom of the trough. The ingenious on-demand, self-cleaning design helps dramatically reduce feed waste and prevent contamination from decaying, uneaten food.

hog feeder wheel

Labor Savings

Another primary advantage is labor savings. The feeders are available in capacities of up to 105 bushels which eliminates the need for frequent refilling. When combined with the on-demand-only feed release feature, the two combined practically eliminated the standing feed that becomes ‘play waste’. This keeps the feeder full longer, which means less regular filling than a gravity-fed feeder. This saves time and money!


Another significant benefit of the Osborne Pig Feeder is its durability. All of the feeders are made with high-quality precision-cut materials that are built to withstand years of abuse. The lid, hopper section, and especially the trough are made with polyethylene material which means these areas won’t rust, ever!

The entire Osborne Feeder Line is an excellent investment for farmers looking to streamline their feeding process, reduce waste, and promote health and growth. With their efficiency, durability, and labor-saving benefits, these long-lasting feeders are designed to save you time and money year after year.

pig feeders

Visit Barn World today to view the entire lineup and add a money-saving feeder to your operation today!

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