Cattle Guards

Cattle guards are extremely popular for livestock containment and are widely used throughout the United States for several practical reasons.

Are you tired of dealing with gates every time you need to cross your ranch or manage livestock on your property? Look no further for a convenient solution because Barn World has you covered with its extensive range of heavy-duty cattle guards. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the world of cattle guards, their advantages, and why Barn World should be your go-to destination for all your livestock barrier needs.

a cattle guard installed on a highway

Load Ratings for Every Need

Barn World’s powder-coated steel grids come with a wide variety of load-carrying capacities. Ranging from a 12-ton per axle rating for private driveways to an impressive 30-ton per axle rating for heavy-duty, off-highway equipment, these guards are built to handle diverse applications.

When choosing a cattle guard, consider your required load ratings carefully. For private driveway and ranch entrance uses, a 12-ton per axle rating is sufficient. Public roadways and highway projects will require the HS-20 guard with a 16-ton per axle capacity. If you’re dealing with extremely heavy-duty, off-highway equipment, the U-rated guards with a 30-ton per axle capacity may be the way to go.

Barn World offers a variety of private driveway and heavy-duty cattle guards with ratings including H-15, H-20, U-54, and U-80. The heavy-duty guards meet the standards set by the AASHTO and are designed for use by state and federal agencies in public roadway projects. Available in lengths ranging from 8 to 20 feet, these guards can be seamlessly installed end-to-end to accommodate wider roadway requirements.

Cattle Guard Load Ratings
H-15 (12 tons per axle)
H-20 (16 tons per axle)
U-54 (25 tons per axle)
U-80 (30 tons per axle)

Top Rails: Round vs Flat

One notable feature is the flat, top rail design that provides a smoother transition for crossing vehicles compared to round top rail guards. This design advantage allows high-speed traffic to cross with minimal ride discomfort, making them ideal for faster roadways or high-traffic areas.

The round, top rail is designed as a more aggressive deterrent an slower-moving traffic.

Pre-made Foundations for Hassle-Free Installation

Cattle Guard Foundations

To simplify the installation process, Barn World offers Flat Top Rail Cattle Guards with pre-cast concrete cattle guard foundations. These pre-formed foundations, shipped right along with the guards, are designed to fit the base of the grids, complete with a pre-cast j-bolt for security and mounting purposes.

The Cattle Guard Foundations make installation quick, easy, and painless. Forget the hassle of creating forms and pouring your own foundations – these foundations are ready to go off the truck!

Cattle Guard Foundations

Wing Design for Enhanced Livestock Control

Barn World’s cattle guards are available with thoughtful wing designs to prevent livestock from circumventing the junction where the fence line meets the cattle grid. This two-piece design creates an effective barrier, ensuring that livestock can’t simply step around the guard where it meets the fenceline.

picture of a cattle guard wing
picture of cattle guard wing

Cattle Guard Advantages

  1. Continuous Barrier:

    Cattle guards provide a continuous and uninterrupted barrier across roads or entrances. Unlike gates that need manual opening and closing, cattle guards allow vehicles to pass smoothly without the need for constant human intervention. This is especially advantageous in areas with high vehicle traffic.
  2. Low Maintenance:

    Cattle guards require minimal maintenance once installed. They are generally durable and can withstand various weather conditions, reducing the need for regular repairs or replacements. This low-maintenance aspect makes them a cost-effective and efficient solution for long-term use.
  3. Ease of Vehicle Access:

    Cattle guards allow vehicles to pass through without interruption, promoting smoother traffic flow. This is particularly important in rural areas, farms, and ranches where frequent stopping and starting can be inconvenient. The design of cattle guards allows for efficient vehicle access without compromising livestock containment.
  4. Cost-Effectiveness:

    While the initial installation cost of cattle guards may be higher than traditional gates, the long-term cost of maintenance and labor is often lower. This cost-effectiveness makes them a preferred choice for large properties, farms, and ranches.
  5. Livestock Deterrence:

    Cattle guards effectively deter livestock from attempting to cross roads or entrances. The gaps between the bars or tubes are wide enough for vehicle wheels to pass through but too narrow for the hooves of livestock, creating an uncomfortable surface for them. This helps prevent the escape of animals onto roads or into areas where they are not supposed to be.
  6. Adaptability to Various Load Ratings:

    Cattle guards are available in different load-carrying capacities to accommodate a variety of applications. From private driveways to public roadways and heavy-duty off-highway equipment, there are cattle guards suitable for diverse needs.
  7. Time Efficiency:

    The continuous nature of cattle guards allows for efficient and timely movement of vehicles and livestock. This is crucial in agricultural operations where time management is essential for tasks such as feeding, herding, and transportation.
  8. Long-Term Durability:

    Properly designed and installed cattle guards can withstand the test of time. Their robust construction and materials ensure durability, contributing to their popularity for long-term use in various settings.

Overall, the combination of continuous barriers, low maintenance, ease of vehicle access, cost-effectiveness, and adaptability to different load ratings makes cattle guards a practical and popular choice for livestock containment in the United States. Their effectiveness in addressing the specific needs of agricultural and rural settings has contributed to their widespread use.

Where to Buy A Cattle Guard

Visit Barn World today for help planning your project. They’ll be happy to provide a quote with delivery right to your project site!

Call (720) 238-2190 or email or Chat online at

a removable cattle guard being lifted by a forklift
removable cattle guard

Metal Grain Bins

Galvanized Grain Bin Advantages Over Poly

Grain and Feed management requires a reliable and durable storage solution. For those seeking top-notch quality and functionality, look no further than the bins at, your go-to destination for high-quality metal grain bins and customer service. Our last Poly Grain Bin Blog Post contrasted the advantages of the poly design over metal, and in this one, we’ll explore some of the advantages of galvanized feed bins over poly. Some of these include more available sizes, capacities, and some innovative dispensing and monitoring features not found on poly grain bins.

When it comes to choosing the right material and features for your grain storage needs, deciding on a bin really depends on your opinion, the type of dispensing, durability, and longevity that make up a complete grain bin management system. We review some of the benefits of the Metal Grain Bins below.

clean metal grain bins

Rust Worry can be overblown – steps to protect a metal bin:

One of the biggest advantages of the Poly Bin over the Metal is the worry about rust affecting the life of the bin. Although poly material won’t ever rust, steel will resist rust and corrosion for a long time, ensuring that your investment stands the test of time even in the harshest weather conditions. Bins that we sold 20-30 years ago are still in great shape and in use today.

Preventing rust on a galvanized metal grain bin involves proactive maintenance and care. While galvanized steel is known for its rust-resistant properties, external factors and wear over time can still contribute to corrosion.

Here are some steps to help you prevent rust and prolong the life of your galvanized metal grain bin:

1. Regular Cleaning:

Keeping your bin free of dirt and debris will keep moisture away from the metal and minimize the chances of rusting over time. To keep moisture away, rinse the surface of the grain bin regularly with clean water to remove dirt, dust, and other contaminants. Use a mild detergent or a mixture of vinegar if necessary with water to clean stubborn stains or deposits. This is not an easy task and can take some time if a bin is neglected. The shape of the corrugated wall sections can make this a bit more challenging, but making sure it’s free from dirt and dust will dramatically increase its lifespan.

2. Remove Standing Water:

Ensure that water doesn’t accumulate or stand around the bottom of the bin. Standing water can promote corrosion and result in rust. Bins can require frequent replacement of the bottom attachments such as slide valves and auger unloader boxes if moisture is allowed to accumulate at the lowest point. Even the hopper wall sections can be susceptible to rust if moist grain or feed is allowed to lay on the interior wall sections.

Proper ventilation through the bin lid and good air circulation throughout can help prevent moisture buildup inside and reduce the risk of rust formation. The metal bins, like the poly bins, are vented through the top lid to help release moisture as it rises. It’s important to keep these vents clean, clear, and open so any water vapor that rises won’t be contained within and will naturally be released through the top lid.

Another suggestion to keep moisture at bay is to trim or remove vegetation from around the bin to prevent water or condensation retention. It’s worthwhile to create an open buffer of air between the metal surfaces and any plant material to prevent condensation from forming.

3. Inspect and Repair Damages:

Regularly inspect the grain bin for any scratches, dents, or damage to the galvanized coating. Scratches through the galvanized coating expose the steel to the air and water and can be areas of potential concern. Promptly repair any scratches or damaged galvanized coating by applying galvanized touch-up paint. It’s fairly commonly found at hardware stores and the like.

A simple and short visual routine inspection to identify any potential issues will help eliminate long-term problems early on. This includes checking seams, joints, and connections for signs of wear or damage.

4. Avoid Harsh Cleaning:
Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the galvanized coating. Scaping or scouring the metal can remove the protective coating and expose the underlying metal. It’s best to stick to mild solutions and softer wiping, rather than scouring for basic cleaning.

grain bins with side hopper valves

5. Maintain the Protective Coating:

As you may have gathered, the galvanized coating over the metal surface that covers the bin walls and parts (nuts and bolts, etc.) is what protects the underlying steel from rusting. It’s important to maintain its integrity to extend the life of the bin. The suggestions above do just that but if you come across damage to the coating, there are protective sprays and paints designed to repair galvanized surfaces that may be applied. These coatings will add a layer of protection against corrosion and prevent premature rusting throughout the bin.

When making repairs or modifications to the grain bin, use galvanized fasteners and hardware to maintain uniform corrosion resistance throughout the structure. You should also minimize direct contact between galvanized metal and other metals that may cause galvanic corrosion. It’s beneficial to use isolating materials such as rubber washers or coatings when necessary to avoid cross-corrosion between parts.

6. Proper Installation:

The robust nature of galvanized steel provides increased structural integrity, safeguarding your valuable grain against external elements and pests. However, it’s important to ensure that the grain bin is installed according to manufacturer recommendations. Proper installation can prevent stress points and other cracking or structural issues that may lead to corrosion.

By incorporating these preventive measures into your maintenance routine, you can significantly reduce the risk of rust on your galvanized metal grain bin and extend its lifespan dramatically.

Regular attention to cleaning, inspections, and prompt repairs will contribute to the long-term durability of your grain storage investment and should put any concerns of an early demise from rust to bed!

More sizes and Capacities Than Poly bins understands that one size does not fit all. Our metal grain bins are available in a range of sizes and capacities, catering to the diverse needs of farmers and agricultural businesses. The bins are available as small as 2.7-ton capacities and go all the way through 47.5 tons of capacity. This compares to the poly bin maximum of 28 tons.

Whether you’re a small-scale farmer or managing a large operation, you can find the perfect fit for your grain storage requirements through a wide variety of storage capacities in galvanized metal.

Hopper Valve Option available for Side Dispensing

One standout feature that is available on metal bins but not poly is the side-mounted slide valve. It’s a manual slide gate designed to mount to the tapered hopper walls to fill smaller quantities, such as 5-gallon buckets, with precision and ease. This innovative design allows for controlled dispensing from the side of the bin, so you don’t have to go under it to fill containers. It makes it easier on your back and minimizes waste. It’s extremely popular and may be seen and ordered here:  Hopper Valve

Grain Bin Monitors are available for metal bins

Monitoring feed levels is crucial for efficient grain management. offers a cutting-edge solution with the Grain Gauge, ensuring you always know how much feed is in your bins. This simple yet effective tool eliminates guesswork, allowing you to plan and manage your resources more effectively.

The installation is straightforward; simply drill a hole in the bin wall and slide in the gauge. It will display a neon green color if the grain is at the level of the gauge and go black when there is no feed at that level. There is no electricity required and the manual function will last for years. Don’t pound on the side of your bin to check the fill level, simply glance at the side of it for an accurate level.

Here’s a quick video of the versatile Grain Gauge

See the Grain Gauge by clicking here!

Metal Grain Bins at Barn World

The advantages of galvanized steel, a variety of sizes and capacities, and innovative features like the side-mounted slide valve and grain gauge make the traditional metal grain bin a very popular option.

Visit today and let them help plan and quote a bin with delivery right to your farm today! (720) 238-2190


Poly Grain Bins

Poly Grain Bin Advantages Over Metal Feed Bins

In the ever-evolving world of agriculture, the quest for efficiency, durability, and innovation is a constant endeavor. One significant leap in this journey is the adoption of polyethylene feed bins over traditional metal grain bins. In this blog post, we’ll explore the compelling reasons why poly feed bins stand out as the superior choice for storing and managing feed and materials.

small poly grain bins large poly grain bins

Corrosion Resistance: The Achilles Heel of Metal Bins

Metal bins have long been a staple in feed storage, but they come with a critical flaw: susceptibility to corrosion. The relentless exposure to varying weather conditions, moisture, and acidic feed components can take a toll on metal bins, leading to rust and structural degradation over time. Poly feed bins, on the other hand, are inherently resistant to corrosion. The polyethylene material ensures longevity, saving farmers from the headaches and expenses associated with rust-related issues.
With a galvanized grain bin, the battle against rust is a constant struggle. Not so with a Poly Bin. The poly material eliminates this concern and early demise entirely. The hopper wall sections of poly bins are immune to rust, ensuring the longevity and structural integrity of the storage system. This resistance to corrosion is particularly crucial in maintaining the quality of stored grains and reducing maintenance costs over time and is one of the largest reasons why farmers are moving to poly.

Lightweight yet Durable: Simplifying Storage and Transportation

Poly feed bins offer a remarkable balance between strength and weight. Unlike their metal counterparts, poly bins are lightweight without compromising durability. This not only simplifies the assembly process but also makes transportation and repositioning a breeze. Farmers can adapt to changing needs on the farm with greater ease, rearranging feed storage locations without the need for heavy machinery or elaborate logistics.

Ease of Assembly: Say Goodbye to an Overabundance of Nuts and Bolts

One of the significant advantages of poly feed bins is the straightforward assembly process. Traditional metal bins often involve an intricate network of nuts and bolts, making assembly a time-consuming and labor-intensive task. Poly bins, designed with user-friendliness in mind, use far less hardware and dramatically shorten the assembly time required.
They ship and arrive in two large, pre-cast pieces, a top and a bottom that are bolted together in the middle. There are no wall sections to assemble, and the continuous molding of the plastic eliminates seams where water and insects could enter and cause issues.
Unlike the intricate assembly process of metal bins that involve countless nuts and bolts, poly bins feature a user-friendly design that significantly reduces assembly time. This can be a game-changer for busy farmers looking to maximize their efficiency during the harvest season.

Protection for the Elements

As mentioned above, the seamless walls won’t allow bugs or water to enter the bin as an ill-fitted metal wall bin might. The metal bins have horizontal seams that should be monitored for any cracking or warping that may allow pests or moisture to enter. Poly bins don’t have seams and the rotational molding technique makes sure there is a smooth and even thickness throughout the bin walls.
The polyethylene includes a UV protection resin right in the material itself. It helps protect the walls from sun exposure and drying out. This prevents cracking and ensures a long life of the bin and the grain inside!

Translucent Walls for Visibility:

The translucent walls of poly grain bins set them apart from traditional metal bins. This feature allows farmers to easily monitor the contents of the bin without the need for additional tools or equipment. The transparency of the walls provides a clear view of the grain levels, enabling farmers to make informed decisions about inventory management and restocking. You don’t need to be banging on the side of the bin to determine how much is in it, you may simply look while walking by!

Hygienic and Easy to Clean: Ensuring Feed Quality

Maintaining feed quality is paramount for the health and well-being of livestock and other farm animals. Polyethylene feed bins have a smooth, non-porous surface that resists the buildup of dirt, bacteria, and mold. Unlike the corrugated surfaces of metal bins that can harbor contaminants, poly bins are easy to clean and sanitize. This hygiene factor not only safeguards the nutritional value of stored feed but also contributes to the overall health of the livestock.

large poly feed bin with a ladder

Cost-Effective: Long-Term Savings for Farmers

While the upfront cost of poly feed bins is comparable to traditional metal bins, the long-term savings are significant. The durability, corrosion resistance, and low maintenance requirements translate to reduced replacement and repair costs over time. It truly is a cost-effective storage solution for grain management.


The shift towards polyethylene feed bins marks a pivotal moment in the evolution of agricultural storage. From corrosion resistance and ease of assembly to customization and cost-effectiveness, the advantages of poly feed bins over traditional metal grain bins are clear. As modern farmers continue to prioritize efficiency and sustainability, embracing the superior qualities of poly feed bins is a logical and rewarding choice for the future of feed storage.

Poly Grain Bin Sales

Farmers looking to invest in high-quality poly grain bins can find an excellent selection at This online retailer not only provides a diverse range of products but also boasts several strengths that make it a preferred choice for agricultural equipment: is committed to offering competitive prices on all its products, ensuring that farmers get the best value for their investment. This affordability is crucial for farmers looking to upgrade their storage solutions without breaking the bank.

They have a user-friendly website that makes the shopping experience convenient and efficient. It’s easy to browse through the selection of poly grain bins, access detailed product information, and make informed decisions.
They also offer personalized assistance to customers. Whether farmers have questions about product specifications, assembly, or maintenance, the knowledgeable support team at is readily available to provide guidance and support.

Consider a Poly Grain Bin Today

In conclusion, the shift towards polyethylene grain bins represents a significant advancement in agricultural storage solutions. The ease of assembly, rust-resistant durability, and transparent walls for visibility make poly bins a superior choice for modern farmers. With trusted sources like offering a range of affordable and high-quality poly grain bins, it’s clear that this innovation is here to stay, transforming the way farmers store and manage their valuable harvests.

Visit, call (720) 238-2190 or chat on their website for help with your grain bin decision today.

Heat Mats for Raising Pigs

Raising pigs demands careful attention to their well-being and comfort, especially during critical stages like farrowing and nursery periods. Osborne’s Stanfield Heat Mats for Pigs are the industry standard in quality and durability and remain one of the most popular on the market today.

pigs on a nursery heating pad

The specialized heating mats are designed to provide warmth and comfort to pigs, particularly during critical stages of their life cycle such as the farrowing and the nursery periods. These mats are used to mimic the natural warmth provided by a sow and help with the health and productivity of your swine. In this blog post, we’ll explore the key features, benefits, and reasons why pig farmers should consider incorporating these heat mats into their operations.

Phases of Raising Pigs

The Farrowing Phase:

Farrowing refers to the process of a sow giving birth to a litter of piglets. This is a critical stage in pig farming and requires careful attention to ensure the health and well-being of both the sow and her offspring. Farrowing typically occurs in a specialized area known as the farrowing crate, which is designed to provide a safe and controlled environment for the sow and her piglets.

Farrowing can last several hours, during which the sow will go through stages of labor. The piglets are born in a membrane, which the sow typically breaks open to allow the piglets to breathe. The process requires minimal intervention, but farmers may step in if complications arise. Once the piglets are born, they are highly dependent on the sow for warmth (thus the need for heat mats) and nutrition. Piglets will instinctively begin nursing shortly after birth, receiving vital colostrum from the sow’s milk, which contains essential nutrients and antibodies.

Farrowing mats are designed for use during the birthing process, providing a warm and comfortable surface for sows and piglets. Nursery mats, on the other hand, cater to the needs of growing piglets post-farrowing, ensuring they continue to thrive in a controlled environment.

Farrowing Heat Mats:

Farrowing mats are often used during the birthing process to create a warm and comfortable environment for sows and their piglets. The warmth encourages piglets to nurse and helps maintain their body temperature, reducing stress during the crucial early hours of life. The controlled warmth provided by farrowing mats contributes to improved vitality and overall health of piglets, increasing their chances of survival and growth.

Farrowing Heating Pad for Pigs

Nursery Stage:

The nursery stage for piglets is a critical phase in their development, occurring after the farrowing stage. During this period, piglets are weaned from their mother’s milk and transitioned to solid food. The nursery stage plays a significant role in shaping the health, growth, and overall development of the piglets before they enter the growing or finishing phase of pig production. The nursery stage is a crucial period in pig production, setting the stage for the piglets’ future growth and development. Proper management during this phase is essential for optimizing health, minimizing stress, and ensuring the long-term success of the pig farming operation.

Weaning is the process of transitioning piglets from their mother’s milk to solid feed. This typically occurs around 3 to 4 weeks of age. Weaning can be a stressful period for piglets, as they adjust to a new diet and learn to consume feed independently.

Piglets are often moved to dedicated nursery facilities during this stage. These facilities provide a controlled environment where temperature, ventilation, and hygiene can be carefully managed to support the health and well-being of the piglets. This dedicated stage of development is made successful with the use of nursery heat mats.

Happy pigs nursing on a heat pad for piglets

Nursery Heat Pads are typically for Post-Farrowing Comfort: After the farrowing stage, piglets are often moved to nursery areas. Nursery mats continue to provide the necessary warmth to support the growth and development of piglets as they transition from nursing to solid food.

The Health Benefits of Using Osborne’s Stanfield Heat Mats

Body Warmth

Maintaining optimal temperatures is crucial for the health and growth of piglets. Pigs, especially piglets, are susceptible to chilling, which can lead to health issues. Pig heat mats prevent chilling by maintaining an optimal temperature, ensuring that the animals stay warm and healthy. Osborne’s Stanfield heat mats mimic the warmth provided by a sow, creating a cozy space that encourages piglets to nurse and sleep. This controlled environment reduces stress and boosts the overall well-being of the animals, leading to healthier and more productive swine.

Reduced Stress and Enhanced Growth

The controlled and consistent warmth from nursery mats helps reduce stress in piglets, creating a more comfortable environment that supports their overall well-being. The warmth of the mat is crucial for proper digestion and nutrient absorption in pigs. Heat mats contribute to enhanced growth rates, resulting in healthier and more robust animals.
The controlled warmth provided by mats has also been shown to contribute to improved vitality and overall health of piglets, increasing their chances of survival and growth.

Safety and Comfort

The Osborne pig heat mats feature non-slip surfaces, reducing the risk of injuries caused by slipping or sliding, especially in farrowing areas where piglets are more vulnerable. They also offer comfortable resting areas for pigs, promoting better sleep and reducing stress levels.

Osborne prioritizes safety in their Stanfield heat mats. These mats are designed with durability and non-slip surfaces, ensuring that piglets have a secure environment to navigate. The risk of injuries is minimized, providing peace of mind for pig farmers.

Energy Efficiencies

This one is critical and a Win for Both Farmers and Pigs. Osborne’s Stanfield heat mats are engineered for energy efficiency. The mats are designed to heat only when necessary, optimizing energy consumption and reducing operational costs. This not only benefits the environment but also contributes to the overall sustainability of pig farming operations.

How Do They Work?

These heat mats utilize advanced technology to provide radiant warmth. The mats are constructed with high-quality materials that efficiently distribute heat, creating a warm and comfortable surface for piglets. Some of the mats are available with temperature control thermostats which allow farmers to adjust settings based on the specific needs of their piglets. Others have a built-in system that will keep the temperature 30-35 degrees above the surrounding air.
These heat mats play a crucial role in pig farming by providing a controlled and comfortable environment for sows and piglets. These mats contribute to the overall health, vitality, and growth of pigs, making them valuable tools for farmers aiming to optimize their operations and ensure the well-being of their livestock.

Osborne’s Stanfield heat mats have become an indispensable tool for pig farmers looking to optimize the health and well-being of their livestock. Whether during farrowing or in the nursery phase, these mats provide a controlled and comfortable environment that translates to healthier, more productive pigs.

Pig Heat Pad Video

Where to Buy A Piglet Heat Mat?

To add the Osborne Stanfield heat mats to your pig-raising operation, visit or contact the online retailer They are extremely helpful and have a reliable and convenient customer service area. The website offers a range of Osborne products, including all types and capacities of pig and hog feeders. With, farmers can access the latest in swine heating and feeding technology with ease.

Osborne’s Stanfield heat mats have become an indispensable tool for pig farmers looking to optimize the health and well-being of their livestock. Whether during farrowing or in the nursery phase, these mats provide a controlled and comfortable environment that translates to healthier, more productive pigs. For those considering an investment in pig farming technology, Osborne’s Stanfield heat mats, available at, are a wise choice for ensuring success.

Contact Barn World today!  (720) 238-2190


Calf Warmers

The Essential Guide to Calf Warmers: Ensuring Healthy Newborns on the Ranch

During calving season, the arrival of new calves is not only a joyous occasion but also a critical time that requires careful attention to ensure the health and well-being of the newborns. One indispensable tool that every rancher should consider investing in and have plenty on hand is a calf warmer. In this blog post, we’ll explore the numerous benefits of using a calf warmer during the birthing season and why it’s a must-have for any responsible rancher.

calf warmer

The Benefits of Using A Calf Warmer

Protection from Harsh Weather:

One of the primary advantages of using a calf warmer is providing newborn calves with protection from the cold and adverse weather conditions, especially during the winter months. Exposure to snow and low temperatures can be detrimental to a calf’s health, leading to conditions such as hypothermia. A calf warmer acts as a shield and with its electric floor heater, it offers a warm, dry, and secure environment for the calf to thrive.

The inside of the warmer is large enough for a calf to stand and move a bit if necessary. 

calf warmer showing how a calf can stand up inside

Lifesaving Warmth from Enclosed Heaters:

Calf warmers are equipped with enclosed heaters that emit a consistent and controlled warmth, mimicking the comforting conditions of the mother’s womb. This feature is crucial in preventing hypothermia, promoting healthy blood circulation, and ensuring the calf’s body temperature remains stable during the crucial early hours of life.

There’s also a vent on the top that allows moisture to escape and also acts as a handy peephole to keep an eye on the animal without having to open the top and lose the heat.

Calf Warmer

Preservation of Scent for Mother Recognition:

Unlike traditional methods that involve separating the calf from its mother for warmth, calf warmers allow for crucial bonding to occur. The enclosed design ensures that the natural scent of the calf is not lost to the mother. This is essential for fostering recognition and a strong maternal bond, which can positively impact the overall well-being and development of the calf.

Construction and Functionality:

Calf warmers are typically constructed with durable materials such as polyethylene that provide insulation and protection against the elements. The enclosed structure prevents drafts and offers a secure space for the calf. The heaters are designed to be energy-efficient and safe for use in close proximity to newborns. Additionally, many calf warmers are equipped with easy-access doors for convenient monitoring and care if looking through the top lid vent isn’t enough.

Stress Reduction for Newborn Calves:

The birthing process and the initial hours of a calf’s life can be stressful. A calf warmer helps alleviate this stress by creating a comfortable and controlled environment. The warmth provided not only ensures the calf’s physiological well-being but also contributes to a calmer and less anxious demeanor.

Where to Buy Calf Warmers:

For ranchers looking to invest in high-quality calf warmers, Barn World ( is a trusted online source. They offer a variety of farm and ranch equipment, including top-notch calf warmers that are designed to meet the unique needs of cattle ranching. Visit their website to explore their range of products and stock up on calf warmers before the winter birthing season arrives.

calf warmer with heater

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A Rancher’s Winter Tale: Lessons Learned

In the heart of a vast ranch nestled against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains, there lived a diligent rancher named Jack. Jack took pride in his cattle, especially during Calving Season when new life would grace his land. Little did he know, this particular winter would teach him a lesson about preparedness that he would never forget.

The winter arrived with a fierce chill as it does in South Dakota, and the first signs of calving season emerged. Jack, however, had always managed with the calf warmers he had – until now. As the cold winter months set in, of course, his number of newborns grew at the same time and it became evident that his supply of calf warmers was woefully inadequate.

There is nothing like seeing a steaming calf drop to the frozen ground without any protection from the cold winter wind.  It’s an extremely dangerous and cruel way to come into the world and can severely affect the expected survivability and health of the animal.

Doing the only thing he could to help, he decided to bring the shivering, wet calves into the warmth of the house so they would survive. He loaded them into his truck and brought them to the house which now brought in a distinct aroma of barn life – a mix of hay, mud, and the unmistakable scent of newborn calves.

The calves, still damp from birth and chilled to the bone, created a chaotic scene. Jack and his family found themselves in a whirlwind of towels, blankets, and the clamor of bawling calves. The household dogs, usually well-behaved, added to the mayhem, their barks echoing in harmony with the distressed cries of the newborns.

Drying the calves proved to be a formidable challenge. The wet, cold fur resisted every attempt, and the once tidy living room floor was now covered in a layer of straw and mud. The rancher and his family worked tirelessly, but the chaos seemed insurmountable.

Jack realized the gravity of his oversight. The need for additional calf warmers became increasingly apparent, but when he finally decided to order more, it was too late. The local suppliers were sold out, leaving him with a sinking feeling of regret and a new responsibility to monitor the fields for newborns during the cold, day and night.

It was a tough lesson, but Jack and his family learned the importance of being prepared for the unpredictable challenges that ranch life could throw their way. From that day forward, they vowed never to underestimate the demands of calving season. They invested in extra calf warmers, ensuring that their newborns would have the warmth and protection they needed to thrive.

As the years went by, Jack’s ranch prospered, and his newfound preparedness paid off during the next calving season. The tale of the chaotic winter and the lessons learned became a family story that’s funny now but is a reminder that foresight and preparation are crucial components to a successful family ranching business.

Get Ready for Calving Season in Advance

As winter approaches and the birthing season on the ranch draws near, investing in a calf warmer is a proactive step toward ensuring the health and well-being of newborn calves. The benefits, ranging from protection against the elements to stress reduction, make calf warmers an invaluable tool for any responsible rancher. Don’t wait until the last minute – visit Barn World now to explore their selection of calf warmers and other essential farm and ranch equipment. Your calves will thank you for it!


Cattle Guards: A Rancher’s Best Friend

In the vast expanse of ranch life, time is a precious commodity. Ranchers juggle numerous tasks, from managing livestock to maintaining property boundaries. One critical element that can either streamline or impede these operations is the ranch gate. Traditional gates, though effective, can be time-consuming, requiring constant attention and manual effort. This is where cattle guards from step in, offering a host of benefits to the busy rancher.

a cattle guard resting on concrete foundations

The Benefits of Cattle Guards:

1. Saving Time and Effort:

Picture this: a rancher navigating through a series of gates, each requiring manual opening and closing. It’s a laborious task, often accompanied by the challenge of keeping curious cattle at bay. Cattle guards eliminate this hassle, allowing vehicles to pass seamlessly without the need to stop and manage gates. This not only saves time but also minimizes the stress associated with herding cattle away from gate entrances.

2. Uninterrupted Access in Public Areas:

For ranchers whose properties intersect with public spaces like open ranges, cell phone towers, or other utility installations, cattle guards are a game-changer. No longer do they need to worry about gates being inadvertently left open by passersby. Cattle guards act as a physical barrier, providing continuous security while allowing public access to designated areas.

Cattle Guard Foundations

precast concrete foundations for cattle guards

Real-Life Success Stories:

One rancher’s experience exemplifies the transformative power of cattle guards. Tired of the constant struggle with traditional gates, he opted to replace them with durable cattle guards from The result? A significant reduction in time spent stopping his vehicle and trailer to open and close gates and fighting off cattle looking to dart through the open gate to green pastures while he tried to drive through. The cattle guard led to increased efficiency and a newfound peace of mind knowing that his cattle were secure no matter who was accessing his property.

Using Cattle Guards for Deer:

Beyond managing livestock, cattle guards can also serve as an effective deterrent against wildlife. In areas prone to deer intrusion, these guards act as barriers, preventing unwanted access to private property. Ranchers can now safeguard their land and crops without resorting to the installation of restrictive fencing.  The guards can be set side-by-side to increase the depth and discourage and prevent athletic deer from even attempting to jump over.

Where to buy a Cattle Guard:

At, we understand the unique needs of ranchers. That’s why we offer a seamless process for obtaining cattle guards. Ranchers can easily request a quote online, allowing for a personalized assessment of their requirements. With a wide range (pun intended!) of cattle guards available, we can help select the one that best fits a rancher’s needs and have it delivered directly to the installation site.

A Cattle Guard Box

a cattle guard being removed from its box in the ground

They’re not just functional additions to a ranch; they are timesaving, stress-reducing, and versatile tools that can transform the way ranchers manage their properties. By eliminating the need for constant gate management, opening, and closing in the rain or snow on a dark night, these livestock barriers offer enhanced security and are an investment in efficiency and peace of mind.

Make the shift to a more streamlined and relaxing ranching experience—explore the possibilities of cattle guards from today. (720) 238-2190


Wean-to-Finish Pig Feeder: Gravity to On-demand Automatically!

A Wean-to-Finish Feeder: The Fast Start Pig Feeder – Gravity to On-demand Automatically!

Technological advancements in pig and hog feeders continue to transform traditional farming practices. One such innovation making waves in the industry is the Osborne Fast Start Wean-to-Finish Pig Feeder. This cutting-edge feeder changes from a gravity feeder pig feeder to an on-demand hog feeder automatically! You only need one feeder to raise an animal through its entire life, from piglet to market hog. It not only streamlines the feeding process but also proves to be a game-changer in terms of efficiency, cost savings, and labor reduction for pig farmers.

pig feeder

Automatic Hog Feeder Benefits:

The money-saving secret to this feeder is its ability to change from a gravity Pig Feeder when the pigs are too small for an on-demand wheel, to the money-saving on-demand feature automatically when they’re ready for a Hog Feeder and big enough to use the trough feeder wheel. No manual adjustments or changes are necessary as the feeder will convert all on its own!
Gravity to On-demand Feeding

This feeder starts as a gravity flow feeder when your pigs are little and too small to turn the on-demand feed wheel at the bottom of the trough. This always keeps food available and in front of them when they’re too young and small to use the wheel.

gravity pig feeder to ondemand hog feeder

As they grow older, put on some weight, and can move the feed wheel, the feeder automatically converts from free-flowing gravity dispensing to an on-demand-only feeder. The new converted system will only allow grain to enter the trough area when the pigs call for it which saves a lot of money in waste as the pigs grow into hogs!

This new setup releases food only when called for by the animals and will carry them as they grow into market-weight hogs. By minimizing feed waste and optimizing feed conversion, the Osborne Fast Start Feeder creates substantial cost savings. Precision feeding technology ensures that each pig always has access to food with minimal waste. This keeps profits high without any additional labor!

See the video below for a demonstration

pig to hog feeding conversion


The feed wheel at the bottom of the trough has paddles that can help keep the trough clean and free from wet excess food collection and residual water. As the pigs nudge and turn the wheel to call for food, the paddles sweep across the bottom of the trough to help keep it free of accumulated leftover food. They are literally cleaning their own feeder as they eat!

Cost Savings

The automatic transition from gravity feeding to a waste-minimizing on-demand feeder will continue to provide food but without the additional waste seen in gravity feeders when used with large hogs. During the transition, the automatic feeder changeover promotes better growth with less food loss by keeping feed available only when called for. This not only reduces wasted grain, but it shortens the time it takes to bring pigs up to market weight and enhances the overall health and well-being of the animals. All this while saving you time and money!

User-Friendly Design:

The feeder is designed with the farmer in mind, featuring user-friendly controls and easy maintenance. The straightforward interface allows farmers to move the feeder from gravity to on-demand automatically and at exactly the right time. It’s an automated money-saving transition without the need for any additional labor or attention.

Personal Story:

To illustrate the impact of the Osborne Fast Start Wean-to-Finish Pig Feeder on a typical operation, let’s consider the hypothetical story of a farmer named John.

Before incorporating the Osborne feeder into his operation, John spent countless hours manually distributing and cleaning up excess feed while constantly monitoring his pigs’ consumption. His gravity feeders simply released food all the time which led to increased play waste as his pigs grew larger and larger. The waste created a mess, became labor-intensive to clean up, and created a large hole in his bottom line.

Not only was money down the drain, but he had to have a pig feeder and a separate hog feeder to accommodate his animals as they grew. Two feeders were needed to raise one animal.

pig feeder

Where to buy a Fast-Start Feeder

For those interested in reaping the benefits of the Osborne Fast Start Wean-to-Finish Pig Feeder, consider as a reliable, economical, and responsive source. The online platform offers a range of farm and ranch products, including a wide selection of pig and hog feeders, with detailed product information and customer reviews to aid in the decision-making process.

The Osborne Fast Start Wean-to-Finish Pig Feeder represents a significant leap forward in swine farming technology. Its precision feeding, labor-saving features, cost efficiency, and user-friendly design make it a must-have for modern pig farmers looking to enhance their operations.

By investing in this innovative feeder, farmers will streamline their feeding processes with the automatic gravity to on-demand feeding feature, but also save time and labor all the way through when their full gown hogs go to market.

Fast Start Pig Feeder Video is happy to help through email ( or by phone (720) 238-2190.

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