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Cattle Guards – How to choose

Benefits of Cattle Guards

The benefits of having a cattle guard on your property drastically outweighed the one-time burden of installation, but how do you choose what design would be best for your operation? It commonly boils down to choosing between the style of the top pipe:  round or flat.

  

Round pipe cattle guards

Physical Barrier Characteristics:

The most aggressive of the typical steel cattle guards are made with round top pipe and provide a substantial physical livestock barrier to your flat-hoofed cattle. Its curved surface provides the least stable footing possible so your cattle can’t find a balanced or sturdy place to put their weight. The hoof will rock forward or backward and give the most uncomfortable footing possible that’s almost impossible to balance on.

Even if one of your animals does attempt to try a step on a top rail, the experience of the unsettling instability will make them turn the other way and they won’t bother to test it again. The inability to find stable footing on a round-pipe is the most effective physical deterrent besides a gate and is made possible with a cattle guard.

Visual deterrent:

Both round and flat pipe cattle guards provide a visual deterrent in addition to their physical barrier. They are traditionally mounted on concrete footings like a bridge which creates an open vaulted area underneath.  The drop under the top rails provides a visual cue of depth that in itself, can prevent cattle from attempting to cross.

There have been studies done with visual illusions painted on flat asphalt that resulted in cattle turning away even though the surface was perfectly flat. Researchers painted the illusion of pipes and a corresponding shadow to create the illusion of depth. When the cattle were exposed to the artwork, they assumed it was an unstable and elevated and did not attempt to cross.

This optical trick worked for a limited amount of time but eventually did break down after a few days as one of the cattle (the bravest apparently) did place a hoof on it and eventually crossed. The others soon followed and the illusion barrier on it’s own, was defeated.

Boxes for cattle guards:

Barn World offers round pipe cattle guards that have the option of being permanently boxed, an option for laying directly on the ground, or with a removable box for cleaning underneath.

Permanent box 

A steel skirt welded all the way around the exterior to allow it to be placed directly on the ground without a foundation forms a permanent box round the guard. It does not bear any weight and is only there to prevent dirt from creeping underneath. The design is so it may be simply laid on the ground with a dirt ramp up on either side for vehicle crossings. It’s very popular for low traffic areas and for use in construction sites as wash-outs and rumble strips. It can be used to clean construction equipment before going out on a public roadway.

Removable box

This box style allows for the ‘Texas Gate’ to be lifted out of place to clean out any debris that was built up over time without disturbing the surrounding area. This feature is nice for a complete cleaning if you have the equipment to lift the guard.

The round pipe design is available in an economic private-use or the HS20, 16 ton per axle, public highway rating used in roadway projects.

Flat Pipe Cattle Guards

The flat pipe provides the benefit of allowing high-speed traffic to cross more smoothly than a round pipe design. It is also effective as a livestock barrier but the pipe is technically flat on top with a large space between each rail. This design is not quite as aggressive at deterring hoofed animals as there is a small flat area but is less rough on crossing vehicles.

flat pipe cattle guard with concrete foundations

flat pipe cattle guard with concrete foundations

These cattle grids are also available to ship with precast concrete cattle guard foundations that can be lowered directly into the ground without the need for pouring concrete on site. The foundations come with mounting bolts already poured to match up with the cattle grid and can be installed directly in the field. The precast foundations are especially handy in remote areas where concrete is not available.

Flat top pipe guards are available in a wide variety of load ratings for all types of different projects:

Flat Top Pipe Load Rating Availability

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

Providing convenience for vehicles crossing fence lines while securing your large animals is accomplished with the simple, tried and tested traditional cattle guard. You don’t always need to open a close a gate!

For more information or for help with planning your cattle guard project, contact barn world.com at Sales@BarnWorld.com or )720) 238-2190 today.

Collapsing hay feeders – a unique design from Tarter

Flexible Round Bale Feeder for Cattle

Feeding with a traditional livestock bale feeder doesn’t present much of a challenge out in the middle of your pasture. You’ll typically take the tractor, drop the hay inside and call it an afternoon, after all this is how it has been done for years. Like all livestock equipment suppliers, we carry a large inventory of the traditional hay feeders, but we came across this new design from Tarter and think it’s worth a look!

Trouble with Traditional Hay Feeders

The problem with a large fixed ring hay feeder is that once your livestock eat the outer layers of the bale, the bale shrinks in size to the point where they can’t reach it anymore. The hay is just out of reach and all it does is entice them to lean against the feeder. This of course leads to metal bending and even cattle climbing inside the feeder to finish off the bale in the center. This can lead to injury and the exciting struggle of trying to help them out!

The ‘Flex Feeders’ are uniquely designed to shrink in size as the bale get smaller and allow your animals to eat the bale entirely. Each of the panels of these feeder are hinged like a door so that when leaned upon, instead of bending, they will actually slide inward around the remaining bale to provide consistent access until it is gone.

Cattle and Horse Hay Feeder Designs

The cattle feeder is made with a top bar all the way around the vertical bars while the horse design is open at the top. See the pictures and videos below for each style and consider this feeder the next time you’re looking for a new bale feeder. This unique design is worth exploring!

As always, if we can help with anything at all, call us at (720) 238-2190, email Sales@BarnWorld.com or visit our website at BarnWorld.com today!

Collapsible Cattle Feeder

Flexible Round Bale Feeder for Cattle

collapsible hay feeder

Flexible Cattle Hay Feeder Video

 

The Flexible Horse Hay Feeder

Collapsing Horse Hay Feeder

Flexible horse hay feeder collapses around large hay bales.

Flexible Horse Hay Feeder Video

Cattle Oilers: Livestock Pest Control

It’s that time of year again where everything is growing by leaps and bounds. Your cattle have made it through the winter and are feasting on the newly acquired grasses and the new calves are making good weight gains.

This unfortunately also means that disease carrying pests such as horn and face flies, lice and mosquitoes are becoming abundant and are ready to reek havoc on your herd.  Enter the cattle oilers!

Cattle oiler with brushes   

Cattle oilers for livestock pest control

During the spring and summer months, cattle farmers are looking for healthy weight gains in their animals, but unfortunately, there are many insects looking to feed on farm and ranch animals that can disrupt the health of not just your cows, but all of your livestock. These pests can also carry and spread debilitating diseases as well.

Livestock Pests and Disease

Flies cause stress and limiting grazing time, weight gains

The horn fly is usually seen riding on the backs of cattle, where they can burrow all the way down to the animal’s hide. Once there, they’ll bite repeatedly throughout the day drawing blood. It’s estimated that each fly can bite 20 or more times a day, and that’s just one fly! This constant biting creates stress in its host and creates an itching sensation.  This itchiness disrupts grazing time and interferes with weight gains. With milking cows, the stress and discomfort can lower output and when nursing, can cut calf weight gains as well.

Another very common disease spreading fly is the common face fly. This fly feeds on external fluids, most commonly from the eye. The irritation to the eye is particularly annoying and the constant peskiness as the fly tries to access the fluid creates stress, limits grazing time and can spread disease such as pinkeye throughout the herd.  Pinkeye is very serious as it can cause not only discomfort but can lead to blindness.

Types of Cattle Oilers for insect control

Fortunately, there is help out there for our livestock.  Livestock oiler designs are for the most part pretty straightforward, effective and simple to use.  They provide effective pest control and best of all, some are self-applicating!

Cattle Ear Tags

The ear tags are popular and can be effective but has some disadvantages that self-applicating oilers do not.

  1. Tags require that you run your cattle through chute and put them through a stressful environment to physically attach the tag. This also requires extra man-hours and increases the potential for injury.
  2. Ear tags also lose their effectiveness and don’t offer full-strength protection year-round as their potency diminishes over time. This requires that they be removed and replaced with another ear tag, costing time, money and stressing the animals once again..

A ‘one-time’ topical treatment also wears off over time, degrades in the rain and needs to be re-applied to maintain it’s performance and effectiveness.

Insecticide Self-Application

To provide constant and effective livestock pest control, a full-strength application needs to be maintained throughout the season. One of the great advantages of Cattle Oilers is that the pesticide is consistently self-administered. They rely on the animal’s natural instinct to rub and scratch areas that bother them which applies insecticide right where it’s needed.  This is especially true with the brush oiler designs as they can be used to remove winter hair, nasty pests and be an effective applicator.

Not only are animals able to apply fly protection by themselves, but the constant use of the brushes keeps maximum repellent effectiveness consistent throughout the fly season.  There’s no need to reapply anything to the animals as the season goes on as they are keeping themselves protected!

Brush oilers

One of the most popular oiler designs is a tank that holds insecticide coupled with strong brushes for application. Typically a top brush is mounted on a steel spring while a side brush is mounted through a bracket to a wall or post to provide the support needed.

As livestock rub up against the brushes the liquid is applied and rubbed into their coats. This is an extremely effective method of application as it gets down into the hair of the animal for maximum effectiveness.

The brushes are so desired by cattle that cattle groomers are offered for removing winter and excess hair. They are the same as the oilers, but they don’t dispense insecticide and don’t use or need a tank..

MOP OILERS

Another oiler design uses a tank wrapped in felt with a mop used as an applicator. Typically hung in a mineral feeder or traffic alleyway, these gravity fed systems are excellent for keeping face flies at bay.

A rounded tank with small holes in the sides will ‘leak’ insecticide when tipped by anails as they go by in an alley or feeder out of a feeder.  The small holes release liquid to the felt that is wrapped around the tank and held in place with wire mesh before it is then released to the mop itself. This prevents constantly leaking and provides the liquid only when in use.

Below is a picture of a cattle oiler with mop being used in an upright mineral feeder.  As the cows goes in for the mineral, the animal is gently blanketed with the oiler mop and the insecticide is applied automatically. A simple yet effective design for sure.

These are not the only types of oilers being used in the industry but they are very popular and used across the country for effective pest management. Always consult your veterinarian for the appropriate insecticide or pest repellent to use before applying to your herd.

Please see BarnWorld.com for a large selection of livestock pest controls and feel free to call 720.238.2190 anytime!

 

 

 

 

Tombstone Hay Feeder Design

The HiQual Tombstone Round Bale Feeder Design

The HiQual Tombstone Hay Feeder design provides both protection for the feeder from abuse and hay savings for your farm and ranch operation. They are available for both horses and livestock and below is a quick rundown of how these feeders are designed for longevity and will provide reliable hay savings for years to come.

Below are excerpts from their promotional video and key points that illustrate how valuable this can be for you and your animals.

livestock hay feeder

Round Bale Feeder Features

The Tombstone Saver is the feeder that really got HiQual the map back in 1980s and was their first patented item. Their research and development department looked at the problems that were currently associated with hay bale feeding and there were two key issues that they identified: One was that horse hay feeders wasted too much feed and secondly, they just weren’t durable enough. So they came up with this new patented design which we refer to as a Tombstone.

Hay Saving Design

The key feature of this product is the fact that not only is it a tombstone design, but that the tombstones slope inward toward the bale.  This creates an inner ring and outer ring, so when a cow comes in to feed, as they’re picking at the bale, the loose feed drops inside the feeder instead of on the ground where gets trampled and wasted.  Another nice feature about this design is the fact that is that it’s got an open top.  Traditional bale feeders have a top ring, so what we found from our research is that when the cattle are feeding in this product, they tend to keep their head in the feeder rather lifting up and pulling feed out. So again, you get additional savings! How much you ask? Research at the University of Manitoba has shown that with the Tombstone Saver Horse Bale Feeder, you’ll save an average of about 60 pounds of hay for every thousand pounds fed as compared to a traditional slant bar style feeder. 

Tombstones protect the feeder from damage

Another great design feature you’ll find with the off-set tombstone design is one that protects the feeder from damage. When the cattle are feeding, they typically want to lean in and on the feeder, which can cause stress on the metal and cause bending or even breakage.  With the ‘off-set’ tombstone design, the animal’s legs are kept back away from the feeder before their shoulders can touch the tombstones. This takes away their leverage and they no longer have the ability to push against and move the feeder or cause damage to the uprights by leaning their shoulders or necks on them!

Heavy-duty Construction 

Some other key things to look at with this design, because there’s other round bale feeders on the market, is the material used in construction.  The upright hoops are welded directly to the top ring so it can take a lot of stress.  It’s also made out of a lot heavier gauge steel than a standard 16 gauge feeder. So for extra strength and longevity, HiQual uses an 11 gauge top ring!  On the Hay Saver, the sheeting is mounted on the outside of the lower hay rings to provide a smooth and strong outer hay-saving skirt design. The sheeting not only helps save hay by containing it, but just as importantly, it stops the cattle from climbing up and getting inside the feeder. This particular feeder comes with 15 feeding stations which is a very high capacity and it’ll take a 6 foot round bale.

Ease of loading

You can also actually take the feeder apart and with the hinge kit, open it up to help loading a hay bale. At the joint, you just take the bolts out and install the hinge. You can then simply pull the pin and open the feeder up which then allows you to easily feed with a three point hitch. This feeder is more convenient and more versatile than your typical livestock bale feeder.

Mud Legs

It’s also important to look at the bottom of the feeder. There are three mud legs on each feeder panel and what the mud legs do, is keep it up out of the mud, that’s why they call them mud legs but it also prevents it from freezing down to the ground in the winter. Imagine if your feeder’s bottom ring was down in the ground and frozen. When you came to move it with your loader by putting a chain over the top to grab it, you’d put a tremendous amount of unnecessary stress on the product. Again, it’s very important to keep that up off the ground and out of the mud.

Quality

One final thing to point out is that we are talking about quality and durability with HiQual products in general.  A simple design change makes a world of difference and you’ll find their Tombstone Hay Saver Feeder has a vertical support post which is welded between the top ring and the bottom ring underneath each tombstone. What that means is, when there’s pressure placed on the upright, you got the vertical posts, the horizontal ring and the sheet metal all working together in a coordinated fashion to prevent any bending. It all means that at the end of the day, this feeder will last you for 10, 15 or 20 years and won’t end up in the boneyard or out the back 40 being unused or discarded as a typical round hay bale feeder might.
Take a look at the quality of material and design of this feeder and compare to others out there, then call Barn World at (720) 238-2190 to get yours shipped directly to you today!
This feeder design is available as a traditional 15 station round bale feeder and also the larger, more heavy-duty 12 station bull hay feeder.

Bull Tuff and Have Saver side-by-side

Notice the Bull Tuff is slightly larger with more distance between the tombstones while the Hay Saver has the skirt welded to the outside for a smooth outer look to prevent climbing.

horse hay feeder tombstone  Bull Hay Feeder

Tombstone Hay Feeder Video Description

Cattle Guard Questions Answered!

Each Spring we get a lot of questions about the use and effectiveness of cattle guards.  Whether it’s selecting the proper load-rating, to what animals they truly work with, a few quick, concise answers can provide decades of convenience and security.  Below is a quick outline of the various types, load ratings, benefits and dangers to be aware of when using these effective livestock barriers.

BENEFITS OF CATTLE GUARDS

CONVENIENCE

It’s probably obvious, but cattle guards don’t require any effort to operate!  Once installed, there really isn’t anything to do except drive across them.  On the other hand, the typical livestock gate requires quite the production to use. The routine is to drive up to the gate and stop, chase any animals away from the opening as possible, jump back in your vehicle and pull through to stop yet again. Now, quickly get out and close the gate behind you before any of your herd decides to escape.

This is a tedious process and all but impossible when there is a group of animals near the gate.  Add a bit of weather or cold temperatures and it really becomes a hassle.  Frequently crossing a fence-line with hay equipment, tractors with feed or deliveries almost necessitates a more convenient option than a manual gate.

SECURITY

If the logistics of operating a gate are tough for you to deal with, imagine how attentive others will be when crossing your fence-line.  If you have third parties that need access to your pasture, such as maintenance crews for cell phone towers, oil rigs etc, they may not be as careful as you are when using them.  In fact, they may even leave it open thinking they’ll be back before an animal notices it’s open or forget to close it altogether.  There’s nothing like having to find and chase down your cattle because someone forgot to close a gate!

A cattle guard will provide peace of mind knowing that it literally cannot be left open and your animals will always be safe, secure and right where you left them.  No sleepless nights wondering if a gate was left open and no more calls from the neighbors or police about wandering animals.

HOW A CATTLE GUARD WORKS

There are a few different cattle guard designs out there but they all rely on the ability to present unstable footing and depth perception as deterrents. The combination of the two create a very effective livestock barrier!

PHYSICAL BARRIER

– Walking on a rounded surface with a flat foot is a difficult task.  Try it with a large hoof and an extremely rounded pipe and you will have a tough time balancing. Add a 1,000 pounds and you have real trouble!

We’ve all stood on top of a small, rounded rock (imagine crossing a stream) and realized how difficult it is to balance on the small, rounded surface. This is still difficult even though our foot does have some flexibility in it to help grip the rock. That is the design and physical component that makes cattle grids so effective.
The round pipes that make up the top of the guard create an extremely difficult and physically uncomfortable footing for a large-hoofed animals. Unable to get any kind of secure footing, they simply cannot put any weight on their leg for a place to stand.  The rounded surface doesn’t allow them to gain any type of stable footing. This sensation is extremely uncomfortable, unpleasant and so physically demanding that they remember this strong deterrent in the future.  This will help keep them from challenging the barrier in the future and most will shy away when it’s presented again.  Although some will never test it or put a hoof on the first rail, those that do don’t usually put weight on the first step and retreat to ‘safer pastures’.

VISUAL DETERRENT

The vaulted area dug under the guard creates a confusing and frightful illusion for cattle. They see the deep area under the guard and get the sensation that they can fall.  This confuses and distorts their depth perception when approaching and usually creates the desire to turn around.

There are some studies out there where a roadway was painted to create an optical illusion of depth, like that seen with a traditional cattle guard and almost all of the cattle that encountered it wouldn’t go across.  It was just paint on flat pavement, but the illusion was enough to keep them from crossing.

TYPES OF CATTLE GUARDS

Most ‘Texas Gates‘ are constructed out of steel and finished in either a powder-coat or directly applied enamel paint. In the rare case, they may be galvanized however that hot-dipping process does add substantial costs.

CONCRETE GUARDS

cattle guard form for concrete

Concrete Cattle Guard Form

Concrete can also provide the same visual and physical deterrents to livestock that steel does. The nice thing about concrete is, you can order forms and make your own. Simply drop in the re-bar, pour the concrete into the form and removed to install in place when ready. The concrete cattle guards do come with an HS20, 16 ton/axle rating and you may pour as many as you like with a single form.

Load Ratings  – To install cattle guards in a public roadway, they must meet the HS-20 standards called out for by the Department of Transportation.  They require a carrying capacity of at least 16 tons per axle.  Below is a chart of the various load ratings and their capacities:

AASHTO Design Specifications

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

Most farms and ranches don’t need the DOT 16 ton per axle rate and will install the more economical private use cattle guards or go with the 12 ton per axle rating. They are much more economical and will still carry a fully loaded semi-truck but be sure to check with your local governing agencies before installing a cattle guard on your property. Some municipalities require specific ratings for government and emergency vehicles such as fire trucks that may need to access your property.

DANGERS OF CATTLE GUARDS

Although they work extremely well with cattle, they are not designed to prevent all animals were crossing. Small hoofed animals are quite agile and can balance easily on the rounded surface.  The smaller ‘foot-print’ allows them to balance quite easily so they don’t encounter the same unstable footing that presented by a large hoof.  Goats are a prime example, you won’t keep them in with a cattle grid.

Horses:  A special note is needed here as we do not recommend cattle guards be used with horses. Their slender hooves are able to slide down in between the rails which exposes their long, slender legs to high leverage and possible breakage. During the panic to remove themselves, they will struggle and could easily break their own leg in the effort. We highly recommend only traditional gates be used to contain horses.

Cattle guards provide an effective livestock barrier and a convenient method for vehicular traffic and equipment to cross fence lines while eliminating the risk of an open gate and a free herd of cattle. With proper installation, these gate-less entries can provide decades of containment for your largest groups of cattle.

If you have any questions or would like help selecting the proper guard for your operation, please contact Barn World Livestock Supplies today and they’ll be happy to help!

The Fast-Start Hog Feeder from Osborne

Here is a quick re-cap of the new 4.5 bushel Osborne Pig Feeder that automatically switches from a traditional gravity fed feeder to a mechanical feeder all on it’s own! Keep the feed in front of your pigs and eliminate the ‘play waste’ as they grow automatically with this specially engineered feeder from Osborne.

Fast-Start-pig feeder Barn World

Pig Feeder Review – gravity to mechanical automatically!

Osborne Industries, the leader in hog feeding equipment recently announced its latest advancement in their signature line of no-waste, Big Wheel Hog Feeders.

The Fast-Start, wean-to-finish feeder features all the no-waste feed saving aspects of the Big Wheel family of mechanical flow feeders but operates as a gravity flow for newly weaned pigs and then, as the pigs grow, it converts automatically from gravity to mechanical feed flow!

HOW THE PIG FEEDER CONVERTS FROM GRAVITY TO MECHANICAL FLOW

When weaned pigs are put on the feeder, small slides in the feeder hopper bottom are open. As pigs grow, they begin turning a five spoke feed-wheel in the bottom of the trough which closes the slides on the feed hopper bottom. The turning of the feed wheel is what automatically converts the Fast-Start feeder from gravity to mechanical operation. Once in mechanical mode, a feed-sweep located in the bottom of the feed hopper and attached to the feed wheel, sweeps feed past the cone and out of the hopper into the trough. Feed falls through the center hole in the trough where it is dispensed to the pigs.  Once pigs are able to turn the feed wheel, the feeder makes it’s automatic conversion from gravity to mechanical flow.

fast start pig feeder
With the Fast-Start feeder, pigs receive all the great benefits of gravity flow feeding when they are small which provides access to fresh feed at all times. However, unlike traditional gravity fed feeders, no adjustment is ever necessary when the feeder is in gravity mode.

pig feeder
Producers benefit from substantially reduced labor that is required to continually monitor and adjust traditional gravity flow feeders. With the Osobrne feeder, once the pigs turn the feed wheel, it automatically converts from gravity to mechanical flow.

BENEFITS OF MECHANICAL FEEDING

The mechanical flow design is the key to maximizing feed savings in finish feeding. No other feeding method can make the speed saving claims of the mechanical flow Big Wheel Feeders. Once the feeder converts to the mechanical flow mode and pigs stop eating, the feeder stops feeding which completely eliminates play waste.

ROUND HOG FEEDERS ARE A BETTER DESIGN

The round axis of the Big Wheel Feeders improve the feeding and growth performance of your animals. The feeder spreads animals radially around the self-cleaning trough which provides more standing room and less physical contact between the pigs. Conventional rectangular feeders force pigs into close contact with each other and often result in wasteful competition for the food.

HOG FARMER TESTIMONIAL

From Jeff Dorman: ‘I started raising hogs in 1983 and bought some of the first RO feeders from Osborne. Don’t know what year that was but a lot of them are the originals and are still on the farm. Then I moved into the nursery feeders and used them for close to 30 years probably.

The first thing we noticed when I put them in there with the Fast-Start was that the feed was always there, especially the first pallets. So the pigs come in and they’re averaging about 13 pounds and I sort them down.  The smaller group is around 10 pounds, some are up to 15 pounds but averaging around 13 pounds.
When we first started, we put the bigger ones on (the new pig feeder) and the next week we put the smaller pigs on.  There was no problem with the smaller pigs getting started on these feeders. They did just like we wanted them to. The first pellets lasted about 3 to 5 days and then I switch to another pellet that goes for another four or five days, so then it’s grind and mix. In that time-frame, from about 10 to 14 days, is when I noticed that they’ll switch from being gravity fed to start moving that mechanical wheel. Within about two weeks, they’re spinning that wheel. I’ve watched it 10 days up to about two weeks and they are moving the wheel with ease. Once they’ve spun the wheel, then there’s no problem with them having access to feed. There is always feed in the trough at that point.’

Osborne’s latest innovation in pig feeding comes from over 30 years of research and development in finding the optimal way to feed pigs.  To see the Fast-Start feeder that converts from gravity to mechanical feeding automatically and all the Osborne pig feeder line-up, visit Barn World Livestock Supplies today!

Calf Warmers and Calving Season

Calf Warmer

It’s that time of year again; time to start planning for calving season!   Spring is fast approaching and you need to make sure you have the necessary calf warmers and livestock supplies to protect your newborns from the elements when they arrive.  To give them the best start to a healthy life and to provide the necessary weight gains early on, make sure you provide a calf warmer for their first hours on earth!

Health advantages of calf warmers

It’s not always possible to be born and on a warm, sunny day and it seems more often than not that the weather is at its worst when your calf arrives.  A warmer provides a secure and comfortable enclosure to foster a nurturing environment and allows for the quickest possible recovery after what can be a very traumatic birthing process.  Leaving its comfortable and toasty mother and being thrown directly into the often cold, wet and windy conditions, a newborn is immediately exposed to a dangerous and life-threatening environment while they are so fragile.  It can be such a dramatic shock that your animal may experience long-term health problems or even death from extreme exposure at such an early point in its life.  Immediately protecting your animals from the elements is never more important than when they are in such a vulnerable state.

Heating Controls in calf warmers:

A calf warmer heater and fan is used in combination to keep the interior warm and provide protection from the cold.  Most heaters have a thermostat or temperature control switch to keep the inside nice and cozy.  The heater itself is usually powered with 110 volts and a multi speed fan helps distribute the heat, keeps moisture from building up and will provides proper ventilation for its occupant.  Don’t let your little ones freeze in the pasture, keep them warm for the best recovery possible.
Calf Warmer Heater Deluxe High Performance

Construction

Newborn warmers are typically made from durable and sturdy polyethylene and are large enough that your newborn calf can stand up in with the lid closed.  The enclosed (but ventilated) environment allows for the natural sent to remain intact so the mother will still identify with the calf.  An important consideration when they join up again.

The lid of the shelter is usually completely removable allowing easy access to your animal and for ease in cleaning.  Floors are raised and slotted for ventilation and are usually supported the entire length of the box with stainless steel. The bottom is typically ribbed with thicker material so the entire shelter can be drug around the pasture to where it’s needed.

Ventilation

Circulation is achieved by drawing air in the bottom, passing it over the heater where the fan pushes it up and out of the top vents.  The eve vents have adjustable holes that can be opened or closed to help control airflow and will help regulate both temperature and humidity.
Providing the best for the growth of your herd and bottom line  Calf Warmers are a simple and effective way to ensure the best possible start for the newest additions to your herd.  Make sure yours have access to a warm, safe and enclosed environment this spring so your bottom line and your animals are as strong as possible.

If you have any questions or would like to provide the best start possible for your newborn calves, please visit or call Barn World today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cattle Guard types and advantages

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

Livestock Gates are inconvenient and less secure than cattle guards

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

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

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

Types of cattle guards

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

ROUND TOP-PIPE CATTLE GUARDS

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

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

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

FLAT TOP-PIPE CATTLE GUARDS

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

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

CONCRETE CATTLE GUARD FORMS

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

Benefits of concrete cattle guard forms

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

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

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

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

 

 

Osborne Pig Feeder Fast Start Feature

Pig Feeders from Barn World

Barn Word has carried the industry-leading Osborne premium pig feeders and outdoor hog feeders for years now and leave it to them to set the bar high yet again with the introduction of the new Fast Start nursery-to-finishing feeder conversion feature.  This innovation allows the feeder to start out as pure gravity feeder for you young ones and will automatically convert to an on-demand feeder to eliminate food waste as they grow.  This saves money!

pig feeder

Gravity to On-demand Automatically!

Gravity Feeding

The new Fast Start feeder conversion feature allows the benefits of a straight gravity feed for when the pigs are too small to turn a wheel and operate an on-demand feeder.  While this young and small, they need a constant supply of feed for healthy weight gains and the gravity dispensing method the best for their needs.  It ensures they have enough feed into the trough at all times for free feeding.  As they eat, the new feed will fall directly in the trough and take it’s place.

All is well and good until they gain a little size and start scattering food out of the trough during their new rough and tumble manners.  As they grow into this larger size, it becomes necessary to feed them with an on-demand system to limit food and financial losses!

Converting from Gravity to Mechanical Dispensing

As your pigs get bigger, they begin creating what’s sometimes referred to as ‘play waste’.  Their more active and rowdy behavior can knock the feed right out of the trough were it gets trampled and wasted on the ground or floor.  It’s at this time, when their size and activity dictates that they need a more response type feeder that the Osborne Fast Start feature automatically kicks in.  It converts from an open gravity feeder to an on-demand only feeder.  As your large pigs feed, they will start bumping and pushing the paddle sweep that they couldn’t move before.  This activity turns the feed bar paddle through the trough and begins the conversion of the feeder to an on-demand only system.

As the sweep it moved around the trough, it beings to close the gravity feed holes used to freely dispense food.  As these holes are gradually closed shut, the feed can only be dispensed is when the paddle sweep is moved and the conversion is complete.   Food is only released when asked for which doesn’t allow for food to sit in the trough to be scattered or spoiled, helping to eliminate waste while still allowing your animals to eat whenever they need.  Best of all, as the paddle sweep travels through the trough, it cleans it at the same time!  Now you’re eliminating spoilage in the trough with the self-cleaning sweep paddles and dispensing feed only when called for.  Self-cleaning and feeding only when needed will keep your operation clean and as waste free as possible which increases your profits!!

A popular pig feeder for good reason

While being an industry leading manufacturer of pig and hog feeders in the United States, Osborne has again come up with a unique and AUTOMATIC feed-saving feature to make your operation run a bit more smoothly.    This new gravity to mechanical dispenser conversion, combined with the self-cleaning feature of the trough paddle sweep, makes these feeders some of the most popular in the industry.

Visit Barn World or call (720) 238-2190 and get the best livestock supplies to ensure your farm and ranch operation runs as smoothly and as profitable as possible.

Galvanized Bale Feeders!!

Barn World now offers Galvanized Round Bale Feeders

We are constantly looking for products that are of high quality, extremely tough and that stand up to abuse from all types of animals.  One of those that also offers extreme protection from a common problem, rust, is part of the Tarter brand.  With it’s unique design and extreme protection, the Galvanized Cradle Round Bale Feeder is going to be doing double-duty for a long time on your farm and ranch!

  

The Cradle Round Bale Feeder

Unique design: bALE FeeDER for BOTH horses and cattle

The unique cradle design makes the hay bale feeder very versatile as you can feed both horses and livestock from the same feeder.  You don’t need separate feeders for your cattle and equine, they can both use this feeder easily. Traditionally, you would want a closed top feeder for livestock and an open feeder for horses, but because the hay is elevated above the ground, you won’t need the barrier to keep your cattle out and your horses still have easy access.

Easy to load bale feeder

To make loading easy, one side has a completely removable end, or entry door for your bale.  Simply slide out the end piece that locks into place and the entire side of the feeder is open for easy loading.  See the video below for a quick overview.  With this unique system, the bale can be driven directly into the side of the feeder and safely set into place. No need to drop the bale in at an angle, or risk the feeder falling over or being bent when the bale falls in.  The removable panel makes the loading process simple and easy.  It really is the cleanest of the loading procedures out there.

Advantages of a Galvanized Hay Feeder

Although extremely rugged and designed for use outdoors with livestock, when galvanized, the protection level from the elements is taken a step further.  It offers the best defense possible from rust even when left in the harshest of conditions.  It’s always best to keep your feeders out of the mud and water, even when galvanized, but with that special finish, it’s as protected as you can get from water and rust so it won’t suffer the quick fate of rusting out that ruin so many traditional steel feeders.  To go the extra mile, there is even a clear coat applied as a final finish over the entire feeder!   There’s really nothing else you could do to provide more protection from the elements than what Tarter has done with this feeder.

Other Hay Bale Feeder Features

As pointed out earlier, the design is extremely easy to load through the removable end gate and the elevated bale is kept off the ground and away from rot-inducing moisture. You won’t need to lay your bale on a pallet or come up with some other ‘trick’ to keep your hay off the ground and fresh.  Simply set it in this feeder and you’re done!  This is what saves you money!

This design is also built on skids to aid in moving it around from pasture to pasture as needed.  It is constructed with a sturdy 1-3/4″ round steel tubing and weighs 108 pounds for easy management.

All around, this great design allows you to feed both horses and cows and when coupled with the galvanization, it is a long-lasting, sturdy, time and money saving feeder that will work well with all your animals!

Contact Barn World today (720) 238-2190 or at Sales@BarnWorld.com and we’ll be happy to forward a quote that includes shipping to your farm or ranch!

Cradle Round Bale Feeder Video