Cattle Guards, the ultimate livestock gate!

Cattle Guards are the ultimate invisible livestock gate

By Barnworld Livestock –

Cattle guards offer ease of access to your livestock pastures, farm and ranches while keeping your animals safe from wandering.  The simple design allows vehicles to pass through a fence line holding most ranch animals without having to stop and open, then close a gate.  If you have through traffic or other people working on your farm, you never have to worry about an open gate in the middle of the night.

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Cattle Guard differences

Top Pipe Options:  Barn World offers each of the cattle guard types below with either round pipe or flat pipe on top.  The top pipe runs perpendicular to the direction of vehicular traffic and rests directly on the c-channel or i-beams underneath.  The weight of the vehicle is transferred from the pipe, to the beams and then to the ground.

The flat piping is ideal for areas of high speed traffic such as public roadways and other crossings with a lot of traffic moving at a faster clip.  The finish allows for a more smooth transition of the barrier with the least amount of ride disruption to the passengers and vehicle.  They can commonly be seen in use by state & federal highway projects.

Round Pipe cattle guards are of the same design as the flat pipe and come in 3-1/2 or 4-1/2 diameters.  The round pipe causes a bit more vibration on passing vehicles,  but is seen as a more effective deterrent to livestock.   The curvature of the pipe creates less of a balancing surface for hoofed animals creating more discomfort on the foot and leg if stepped on.  It is very difficult for hoofed animals (goats excepted) to get a secure footing feeling while balancing all of their weight on such a small, rounded surface.

The curved pipe also creates an optical barrier for livestock.  The curvature of the round pipe creates shadows that offer an optical barrier for the animals.  A study was done comparing the effectiveness of traditional round pipe cattle guards to white lines of roughly the same width painted on a black road surface to create the illusion of depth.  The painted lines were found initially to be surprisingly more effective than first thought. When cattle were introduced to the markings, they we not interested in testing the barrier, but when they had had some time to inspect the painted surface, the eventually were able to overcome their initially hesitation and cross without effort.  Once they were able to determine the road was indeed flat, they did in fact cross easily.  The optical illusion of a barrier did deter them for a time, but when incentivized to cross it, they did.  The researchers found that they still preferred to go around the markings, but didn’t have a problem crossing once the ‘jig was up’.

The traditional round –piped cattle guard, couples the optical deterrent with the physical to provide the most effective obstruction.  Livestock that are motivate to attempt a crossing and are brave enough to place a hoof on the guard quickly discover that the footing is unbearably unstable and will usually withdraw their hoof.   After that initial uncomfortable encounter with the steel round pipe, they will typically avoid it at all costs.

We have had reports of some aggressive or spooked bulls attempt to jump over the obstacle.  This is usually done in times of panic and some of the larger more athletic bulls can jump six feet or more on occasion.  For these more muscular and nimble ‘jumpers’ and eight foot (in the direction of travel) cattle guard has proved to be more than enough to show the animal that it’s a barrier not to be contemplated.

Of special note, even round topped guards do not work with all animals.  Smaller hoofed farm and ranch livestock such as goats and some sheep can be very nimble and often have no trouble tip-toeing through.  Animals with soft pads on their feet are able to balance on the round piping and although not a comfortable footing, they are able to walk across if they desire.

Flat rails and Round Rails

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Cattle guard with flat top pipe

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Cattle Guard with round pipe

Vaulted vs Boxed Cattle Guards

A second option available in the selection of cattle guards is the boxed vs. the traditional vaulted that requires a footing to rest on.

The boxed cattle guard

Boxed guards have a steel skirt surrounding it.  The skirt may be either welded into place or be removable.  The integral box is a steel skirt welded directly on that creates a barrier for dirt to creep underneath.  With this type of box, installation may be made directly on the ground without the need of footings or digging.  To clean out any debris that may have built up over time, it is simply drug out of place and then slid right back in.   At near 12 inches tall, dirt ramps are built up on either side to allow vehicles to cross over.

This type of installation is considered less permanent and is very popular in low traffic areas and construction sites needing an equipment washout area or a dirt rumble to clean vehicles before they enter a pubic roadway.  They are also more ‘portable’ and may be move from job site to job site if necessary.

The traditional cattle guard installation is done with a concrete foundation (although other materials are also used; ie railroad ties) and a ‘vault’ area is dug underneath to collect debris.  Typically, a rectangular concrete foundation is poured to keep the dirt walls from falling in and to provide support to the beams that run in the direction of traffic.  Although not considered a difficult endeavor, an experienced contractor who is familiar with the local soil conditions and frost / freeze levels is highly recommended.  If not properly supported, changes to the soil during freezing, water saturation or runoff may affect the structural integrity of the crossing and the cattle guard itself.

ATV Cattle Guards

There is also a cattle guard specifically designed for ATV use in crossing fence-lines.  We’ve custom built these for golf carts passage as well.  Simply cut whole in your fence-line and drop this guard into place.  That’s all that’s needed!!

Drive-over Gates

Another alternative to traditional cattle guards.  These gates pivot and allow the it to lay flat for a vehicle to safely cross over and then return to their upright position automatically.  This type of gate has been successfully used in busy feed lots with lots of tractor and truck traffic and provides yet another secure means of keeping livestock in place while allowing access to busy areas.

Cattle Guard Load Ratings

The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials or AASHTO, supplies maximum load ratings necessary for highway bridges and all crossings that support traffic.  The common load design specifications are shown in the table below:

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

These ratings are used by engineers who issue certificates of design reports and certify builders to ensure the product meets the load requirements for the ratings used above.  To achieve the designation, manufacturers must use specific welding techniques, materials and designs before the guard can be certified and used in a public roadway.  For most highway crossings, the 16 ton per axle or H-20 rating is used.

Non-rated cattle guards do not come with an engineer’s certification and are therefore more economical than the rated.  They are used on private property and in some cases made from the same materials and design specifications as the rated.  All cattle guards sold by Barn World are built to withstand fully loaded semi-trucks and large farm equipment.  They are very popular with traditional farm and ranch operations.

Note that we do not offer concrete cattle guards.  Although they may be initially cheaper than steel guards, our experience has been that they do not offer the longevity of steel and are subject to quickly cracking and chipping when exposed to the elements.  Once it starts, the life of the crossing quickly diminishes and the entire structure will need to be replaced.  A steel barrier offers the most durability and length of life for the user.

Considered the most effective means for controlling and containing livestock on a farm and ranch while offering the ultimate ease of access for all types of vehicles, steel cattle guards offer peace of mind and security no matter who needs to pass through a fence line.

For more information on our full line of farm and ranch supplies, or for any help with your livestock supplies, contact Barn World at 720.238.2190.




Cattle Guards from Barn World

Cattle Guards

Barn World cattle guards allow easy access to farm and ranch land by eliminating the need for gates. Cattle guards give open access but keep livestock inside. All cattle guards are constructed with heavy wall steel pipe and extra thick steel channel. All ends of these cattle guards are capped to prevent rust. Wings and boxed cattle guards are available with all sizes.

Different Types of Cattle Guards

Boxed style cattle guards

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Boxed styles are designed to lay directly on flat ground with a gravel under-layment recommended for drainage of these cattle guards. In many cases these boxed cattle guards are used for wheel washes in construction sites, dirt rattlers and for providing access to low or slow traffic sites such as cell phone towers, off-site construction, driveways and other low traffic areas.  In all cases a local contractor familiar with soil conditions and drainage considerations should be consulted when planning an installation.

Flat Style Cattle Guards

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The flat style is designed to be mounted on cement footings and is the most popular in high traffic areas such as public roadways.  They are bolted directly to the concrete footings that also create the ‘vault’ or empty space under the guard.  This provide a visual deterrent to animals and is very effective in dissuading and attempt at crossing.

The flat style is a permanent installation and some designs have a hinged area on the guard that allows the center section to be lifted for cleaning out debris that may have collected in the vaulted space area underneath.  This feature is not available on all guards, but may be included with most of the highway rated crossings.

General Cattle Guard Notes

Here are some general notes and guidelines:

Load Ratings

All cattle guards can withstand the weight of full tractor-trailer loads.  The non-rated are most popular for private property such as driveways and access for farm equipment.

The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) provides guidelines for cattle guards with maximum load ratings. AASHTO load ratings are suitable for all types of applications including heavy duty logging roads. (See the table at the bottom of this article for more details on AASHTO load ratings.)

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)

Rated cattle guards will meet the specifications needed for state and federal requirements such as DOT, BLM, USFS, NP, and US Military installations. They are also used in commercial applications such as mining, forestry, agriculture, and petroleum production. Rated cattle guards are the product of choice for residential usage where city, county, or state regulations require the HS20 rating. Certified structural steel is used in the manufacture of HS20 rated cattle guards.

HS20 cattle guards will be certified by an independent engineering firm to meet commercial standards and are intended for government bids. For use on private land, buying standard cattle guards will save you thousands of dollars, are identical in size and are made out of the same materials. They just do not come with the certifications and paperwork all the way back to the steel mill that government agencies require. If a non-rated guard for a private drive is needed, use a standard cattle guard.

Cattle guards may be constructed with 3″, 3-1/2″ or 4″-1/2″ pipe.  The 4″ pipe allows for an approximate gap of 4″ between each pipe and be built with 9 pieces.  The 3-1/2″ outside diameter pipe guards have 11 pieces and are approximately 12-1/2″ tall.

There is no difference in strength between the boxed cattle guard and the flat styles of cattle guards.  These cattle guards are designed to accommodate full semi loads at 10 tons per axle.  All cattle guards weigh about 100 Lbs. per foot (a 10′ cattle guard weighs about 1,000 Lbs.). Add approximately 8 Lbs. per foot for boxed cattle guards and about another 200 Lbs. total for winged cattle guards.

Extending the depth of deterrant

To use for deer, you may need to place two cattle guards in tandem so you have 16 feet of protection. Cattle guards are easily bolted together to achieve greater distances in the direction of travel and create a larger deterrent for any animal wishing to attempt a jump.  Please note that we recommend standard gates be used when containing horses, goats, all small hoofed and sure-footed animals and animals with paws.

Ordering your cattle guard:

For a shipping quote, please send us an email with your destination zip code and quanitity or feel free to call the telephone number at the bottom of this page with any questions you may have about our cattle guards.

When ordering cattle guards you will pay for the order without the shipping and we will collect the exact shipping cost with a second charge to the credit card used for the order.
Note: You must have equipment available to unload the cattle guards from the delivery vehicle when it arrives. The delivery truck will require you to unload the cattle guard with a loader or fork lift or some other means upon delivery.

Note with regard to dimensions: Private use cattle guards are NOT built to exact dimensions. Sizes may vary slightly. Adding the removable box option will add about 7″ to the total length and width of the cattle guard. For example, a 12 foot cattle guard will be about 12′-7″.

If you have any questions, would like a quote with shipping or if we can help with anything at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We’ll be glad to assist in anyway we can.

Don’t forget, Barn World is your headquarters for all your farm and ranch supplies including hay feeders, livestock scales, saddle pads and even grain bins.  We have a complete selection of livestock supplies for you everyday needs.

Cattle Guards add security and convenience to Livestock management

Barn World Cattle Guards offer livestock containment and peace of mind

Owning and running a ranch is a full time job.  It’s a 24 hour labor of love to raise and care for many animals at a time.  Moving around to feed and attend to your livestock requires access to pastures that must be able to contain and protect while allowing ease of access for equipment and vehicles.  A cattle guard is the perfect solution and they come in many different shapes and sizes to allow for most any type of use.

We do not recommend a cattle guard for all types of animals.

Horses and Small Hoofed Animals:

For some, they merely don’t work.  A goat or other small sure-footed hoofed creatures can trot right across the top of the rails, while for other hoofed animals, they provide a serious danger.  A horse, with it’s slender legs, can slide right down to the bottom of the vault where it exposes the weakest part of the leg to the steel rail.  With their instant flee from danger mindset, they can panic and struggle to get out and quickly break a leg.  We strongly recommend only using a gate to contain equine.
Deer are agile creates with small hoofs and we do see cattle guards work as an effective deterrent.  With their ability to jump large distances effortlessly, we typically install at least a 12 foot barrier, with 16 feet being an ideal distance to discourage them from jumping across.  To get that kind of depth, two guards are bolted together doubling the width of the ‘Texas Gate’ in the direction of vehicular travel.

Cattle Guards and Non-hoofed Animals

The working mechanism of this popular deterrent is that a hoof, when placed on a curved surface, does not allow an animal to properly balance it’s weight on the leg.  That, along with the limited depth perception in cows, provides a strong and seemingly impossible barrier to hoofed animals.  Those with padded feet have the ability to balance on the rounded pipe as their point of contact is flexible and allows for the transfer of weight onto a surface that can balance on the cattle guard.  As such, dogs, cats, coyotes and other ‘soft-footed’ four-legged friends can simply walk across.  A gate would be the best option to stop these guys.


Types of Cattle Guards

Barn World offers several types of cattle guards for private, commercial, public highway and heavy duty offroad equipment use. We comply with city, county, and/or state regulations.

Whether it’s called a Texas gate or a cattle guard, Barn World has the variety and selection needed to complete your project.

Private Use Cattle Guards

Private use cattle guards are perfect for farm and ranch use and for access areas where the total axle weight is up to 10 tons.  Semi trailers, tractors and large farming equipment are perfect for this type of guard.

Boxed style cattle guards

are designed to sit on flat ground. Gravel underlayment is recommended for drainage of these cattle guards. In many cases these boxed cattle guards are used for wheel washes in construction sites


Flat style cattle guards

designed to be mounted on cement footings


All cattle guards can withstand the weight of full tractor-trailer loads.
These cattle guards are constructed with an approximate gap of 4″ between each pipe.
Due to availability of pipe, cattle guards will be built with either 9 pieces of 4 1/2″ outside diameter pipe, or 11 pieces of 3 1/2″ outside diameter pipe and are 12-1/2″ tall.
There is no difference in strength between the boxed cattle guard and the flat styles of cattle guards.
These cattle guards are designed to accommodate full semi loads at 10 tons per axle.
Cattle guards weigh about 100 Lbs. per foot (a 10′ cattle guard weighs about 1,000 Lbs.). Add approximately 8 Lbs. per foot for boxed cattle guards and about another 200 Lbs. total for winged cattle guards.
To use for deer, you may need to place two cattle guards in tandem so you have 16 feet of protection. Cattle guards are easily bolted together and the extra depth will deter deer.
For a shipping quote, please send us an email with your destination zip code and quanitity or feel free to call the telephone number at the bottom of this page with any questions you may have about our cattle guards.
If you prefer, you may order your cattle guards online without the shipping total and we will forward the exact shipping cost for your review via email before processing your order.
A very important note: You must have equipment available to unload the cattle guards from the delivery vehicle when it arrives. The delivery truck will require you to unload the cattle guard with a loader or fork lift or some other means upon delivery.
Private use cattle guards are NOT built to exact dimensions and sizes may vary slightly.  Adding the removable box option will add about 7″ to the total length and width of the cattle guard. For example, a 12 foot cattle guard will be about 12′-7″.

Also see our unique ATV Cattle Guard:

For more information on cattle guards, installation or for help with any of your livestock supply needs, please visit today or call (720) 238-2190 and we’ll be happy to help.

Remember, Barn World is y our home for everything from saddle padshay feeders, grain bins, mineral feeders and everything to do with livestock.  We even carry livestock scales!

Stock Tanks help weather the drought.


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Stock Tanks and Livestock Waterers –  Weathering the Drought

This summer has already seen the worst drought conditions since 1988.  More than 1,000 counties in 26 states are classified as natural disaster areas.  Since July 10th, 60 per cent of the lower 48 states were in drought conditions.  This includes states from South Carolina to Nevada and is the most land affected since the US Drought Monitor began keeping records 12 years ago.

These conditions require that your livestock, horses, hogs and other animals have a fresh supply of water constantly.  The high temperatures will dehydrate and negatively affect your animals health.

Barn World carries a large selection and supply of galvanized stock tanks, livestock waterers and waterers to ensure healthy animals.

Our hog waterer and pig waterer provide a constant supply of water for your animals and come in 35 and 80 gallon sizes.

Features of the hog and pig waterers:

  • Made of 100% non-porous polyethylene will not rust, rot or corrode.
  • Confinement pen acids have no effect waterers last and last.
  • Quick and easy cleaning no pans or shields to remove from drinker trough.
  • Big hogs drink with ease from 18 inches wide x 17 inches high x 9 inch deep drinkers.
  • Trough height from floor is 6″, so little pigs drink easily.
  • No cracks, corners or crevices to collect sediment or bacteria.
  • Each drinker has a drain plug, so washing and flushing is fast, simple and complete.
  • One dependable float and valve handles both drinkers.
  • Heavy steel-plated chew guard protects trough lip.
  • Gallon capacity calibrations molded into tank wall.
  • Float and valve completely protected from hogs.
  • Manual fill
  • 41 lbs.

We also carry livestock waterers to be used as cattle waterers and horse waterers.  They come as small as 4 gallons and as large as 110 gallons.


Barn World livestock supply also carries equine tack waterers for use in the stall.

stall waterer for equine

  • For use in single horse stall.
  • Smooth rounded edges for safety.
  • Durable 100% polyethylene construction; urethane foam insulation.
  • Easy valve access; one-screw, quick water level adjustment.
  • Minimum intrusion on stall space.
  • Four-bolt installation.
  • Plumb from above or below.
  • Ample drinking space; plentiful water supply with minimal waste.
  • Large easy drain; no disassembly required.
  • Attractive design; five color options.
  • Stainless steel anchor bolts included.

Barn World also carries poly stock tanks, great for livestock, kids swimming pools and adult soakers!  These tanks come in as large 9′ diameter and are great for cooling off from the summer sun.

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Our weather resistant, multipurpose wading pool lasts year after year.

  • The ultimate wading pool – perfect for summer afternoon wading, splashing, and cool relaxing fun.
  • Sidewall are only 24″ high, so kids (of all ages) just step in.
  • Tough pools made for heavy use.
  • 6′ diameter pool holds 335 gallons of water.
  • Both are big pools for big family fun.
And for the herds, we carry the bottomless stock tanks, from 2,668 gallons up to 11,486 gallons.  These large livestock tanks are a great addition for keeping a large herd of animals hydrated throughout the summer.
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Keep cool this summer with our large selection of livestock tanks and wading pools.  Visit today or call (720) 238.2190 for all your cattle guard, hay feeder and livestock supply needs.




Grain Bins: Barn World now offers plastic grain bins

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Grain Bins from Barn World

Barn World now carries a large selection of Poly Grain Bins.

Poly Grain Bins are a fantastic feed bin design and are perfect for handling highmoisture soybeans, corn and granular materials. These feed bins are a polyethylene grain bin constructed with a high-density polyethylene they won’t corrode or rust. and will always be attractive and clean. 

The interior surface is a very smooth two-piece construction that reduces bridging.  There are no rivets and grain-clogging seams to contend with. The translucent polyethylene allows you to visually check material line from the outside.

All of our plastic grain bins have a 22″ top opening with a hinged, vented filler cap and a pull rope that allows ground control for filling.

There are 3 different transition collars available for the slide valves– 90°, 45°, and 30° angles. (See Accessories on page 18.) The new style collar allows easier attachment to the bottom cone with little or no cutting necessary. Our slides feature a galvanized plate and guide system. Our auger boots will attach to any of our slide valves and handle 4″ or 6″ augers. The auger boots have a clean out access cover.

The poly grain bins have a 16″ hole in the bottom cone and come in a variety of sizes:

  • The .8 ton bin has 38″ of ground clearance to the slide valve.
  • The 1.5, 2.5, and 3.5 ton bins have 15″ ground clearance under the slide valves.
  • The 4.5, 6.5, and 8.5 ton bins have 14″ ground clearance under the 90° slide valve; and 11″ ground clearance under the 30° slide.

Theses bulk feed bins feature heavy-duty support frames with extra large secure plates for more holding power. They have flat strap cross bracing for increased stability. The .5 – 3.5 ton units come standard with 4 legs; the 4.5 thru 8.5 ton units have 6 legs. The legs have large support tabs which can be bolted to concrete for added stability especially on the larger units.


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Polyethylene Grain Bins

All of the plastic grain bins at Barn World have a sturdy ladder with slip guard. It is braced securely to the top of the tank near the filler cap.

All hardware is supplied. Erection time is one-third of steel bins.

Frames have a baked-on polyester powder coat finish which resists corrosion.

It is recommended that you use a concrete pad at least 5 1/2″ thick for our 4.5 ton thru 8.5 ton units.

Please visit BarnWorld today and change out not only the bins, but the wide variety of farm supplies, ranch supplies, and equestrian supplies made by American manufacturers. Our best selling items are hay feeders, cattle guards, feed bins, saddle pads, mineral feeders, livestock scales and many livestock supplies.  (720) 238-2190

Farrier Supplies: Hoof Stands – Save your back, Barn World has a hoof stand for all sizes!


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Hoof Stands from Barn World

At Barn World, we’ve come across a lot of great products and one that has stood out  with it’s ability and ease of use is the Hoof-It hoof stand.  Whether working on a large draft horse hoof, a standard horse hoof  or small hoofed animals such as ponies, smaller horse breeds and older horses, there is a hoof stand available to make the back breaking chore of trimming a hoof much, much easier.

The HOOF-it®  Hoof Stand, designed by farrier Steve Samet, features a new modern design which integrates the post and cradle to create a “two-in-one” unit. This combo design allows the user to easily switch from the standard hoof cradle to the draft cradle in order to work on and shoe a wide range of hoof sizes.

The cradle and post are covered with a shock-absorbing rubber material that provides a comfortable support for the horse, while the wide base unit provides added stability and safety for the user.

The hoof stands are available in three sizes and in a combination stand:

Please check out the instructional hoof stand video below to see just how easy working on a hoof can be with the hoof stand.

Hoof Stands

The HOOF-it® ‘All in One’ Hoof Stand

Hoof care the easy & comfortable way! Easy on the horse and the user, the Hoof-it® Stand gives you both the post and cradle integrated into one, innovative hoof stand. Do yourself a favor! Take the pain out of your back and knees with the New Hoof Stand from HOOF-it® Technologies

The HOOF-it® ‘All in One’ Hoof Stand, designed by Farrier Steve Samet, features a shock absorbing, integrated rubber cradle and hoof post into one easy to use unit.

The Hoof Stand provides a stable and safe support for the horse, allowing it to relax without putting all of it’s weight on you.

For additional safety and stability when working with the Hoof-it®Stand try the following:

* keep on foot on the base unit when working with the Hoof® Stand

* do not leave the horses leg or hoof in the cradle or on the stand, when unattended.

Benefits for Farrier’s, Veterinarians and horse Owners who use the HOOF-it® Hoof Stand:

√ Easy to use “All in One” innovative, design integrates both the post and cradle in to one.

√ The innovative design of the HOOF-it® Hoof Stand dramatically reduces your risk of getting injured during hoof care tasks.

√ The HOOF-it Stand is ideally suited for use with all types of horses, including older horses that require special support and comfort during hoof care tasks.

√ The rubber cushioned Cradle fits different hoof sizes and hugs the hoof.

Let HOOF-it® Hoof Stand deal with the majority of the horses weight during any type of hoof care tasks, rather than your back or knees.

Visit today to see all of Barn World’s farrier supplies and livestock supplies.



Cattle Guard Post: HS20 Certified Cattle Guards from Barn World
Barn World Has HS20 Certified Cattle Guards for Public Roads
Barn World makes superior HS20 rated cattle guards for public roads and highways. Our HS20 rated cattle guards are made from schedule 40 steel and come in a variety of sizes to fit various cattle guard projects.
We can alter the design of our cattle guards to use different kinds of pipe and rail depending on your needs. We have used round pipe, square rail, I-beam and other types of rail and channel to make rated cattle guards that are suitable for all public crossings.
Barn World HS20 rated cattle guards conform to AASHTO load rating requirement by type of truck and maximum axle load. Our rated cattle guards come with an engineer’s stamp and are certified to meet the AASHTO load ratings so you can feel confident that you are getting the best quality cattle guard. Call Barn World with your questions and plans to get quotes on HS20 rated cattle guards at 720-238-2190.

Cattle Guards for Public Roads require a Barn World HS20 Certified Cattle Guard

For superior HS20 certified cattle guards, visit  We offer the necessary cattle guard certifications and strong cattle guards made from schedule 40 steel.  They come in a large variety of sizes to fit almost any project you may be involved in.

Used primarily for livestock control, they can offer a strong deterrent to deer if placed side-by-side to form 12′ or more barrier in the direction of travel and other animals as well.  Please note that we do not recommend cattle guards for horses, goats or dogs as they simply are not effective.  Horses can get a leg broken in them and goats, dogs and other sure footed animals will be able to cross the cattle guard.

Cattle guards can be made from different types of piping depending upon your livestock control needs.  We can use round 3-1/2″ or 4-1/2″  pipes or square pipes for the top rail.  Typically the larger and more round the pipe that is used on top, the more of a deterrent it is for livestock.  A 4-1/2″ pipe will have a greater curve and  thus provide a more unstable footing for a daring animal.  It will also have a larger gap between the pipes making it much more difficult to cross.  The smaller 3-1/2″ pipe will still keep livestock off of your cattle guard and will provide a smoother rider for crossing vehicles.  The same is true for the flat pipe.  It will offer a very smooth ride when crossing, but isn’t the strongest deterrent.

Every HS20 rated cattle guard is certified to conform to the load rating requirements provided by the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials or AASHTO.  They spell out the requirements and suitable load ratings for all highway rated cattle guards.   All of our rated cattle guards come with the engineer’s stamp to provide the assurance that you’re installing an AASHTO certified cattle guard.

For more information on cattle guards and cattle guard installation, please visit Barn World give us a call at (720) 238-2190 and we’ll be glad to help.  Don’t forget, Barn World offers a large selection of livestock equipment and livestock supplies for all of your farm and ranch needs.

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Saddle Pads: Great Saddle Pad Overview video

Saddle pad overview video

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Barn World carries a large selection of saddle pads 5 Star equine as well as cinches and breast collars. We also have sheepskin saddle pads and covers for horse tack protection and equine style.  All of the cinches and breast collars we offer are made from 100% mohair and provide the maximum amount of comfort, performance and durability.

Our wool saddle pad selection is made from more virgin wool than any other 100% wool pad.  This allows for 3 times the compression protection than synthetic neoprene pads and gives more even weight distribution and impact absorption.  These 100% wool pads offer 4 times the wicking ability to eliminate moisture and heat buildup to provide riding comfort and protection for both horse and rider.  It it also allows for soft and durable easy cleanup.

When looking through a variety of saddle pad styles and types available I came across a neat little video from Equestrian Neightion, a nice play on words, on YouTube by Howcast.  It  gives a quick overview and basic overview of the different types of saddle pads available.  Check it out here:



Types of saddle pads

Saddle pads come in a variety of shapes and sizes and each has a specific use or function.  Selecting the right equipment will ensure that both you and your horse or pony will be comfortable and prepared to work.

Here are some common options:

Contoured or shaped pads – made of fleece or sheep skin, these pads are cut to the saddle shape and are used for horse showing and Hunter and equitaion classes.

Square pads – are popular for dressage, and are permissible for jumpers and cross-country.  Examples of these pads include aroma pad, an ideal choice for everyday riding.  This is an all-purpose pad used with both saddles and can be used in competition.

Baby pad – a lightweight every day schooling pad often used in conjunction with corrective pads.

Corrective pads – typically used in addition to another saddle pad.

Gel pad – reduces impact and shock to the horses back providing a cushion between saddle pad and horse.

Riser pad – creates added lift for the back of the saddle.

Half pad – provides protective cushioning, impact absorption and uniform weight distribution of the saddle.

Cashel pad – relieves pressure points on the horses back and withers.

Wither pad – provides back protection by relieving pressure on the spine.

Bareback pad – used for casual riding without a saddle.  The bareback pad allows for a comfortable area where the writer can sit.  The pad also provides a less slippery alternative that sitting directly on the horses back

Hay feeders: now is the time to invest in a quality hay feeder, hay prices due to rise



Hay prices are due to rise and now’s the time to get a quality hay feeder to minimize waste.  With prices expected to climb as the year goes on, it’s more important than ever to eliminate wasted hay and not throw money away when feeding your livestock.

Barn World has a large selection of hay feeders.  From new designs that literally eliminate waste like the round bale feeder hay hopper for cattle and the round bale feeder hay hopper for sheep and goats.

For cattle

For sheep and goats


Their designs allow the hay be suspended above the ground and contain any falling hay so it may be accessed by your livestock without being trampled and wasted.  These feeders will literally pay for themselves in a short amount of time.

Barn World also carries a wide selection of traditional round bale feeders.  Closed bottom hay feeders offer a simple and economical way to keep the hay from blowing around and from being pawed at and turned into wasted hay/money.  We also have the Bull Tuff hay feeder designed to take any abuse livestock can throw at it.  It’s one of the heaviest duty hay feeders on the market and is designed for maximum durability.

Bull Tuff Feeder

For horses, please check out the poly horse hay feeders designed especially for equine.  All hardware is counter sunk so nothing is exposed, providing protection and safety for your horse.  These feeders are lightweight and made of durable yet extremely strong plastic and are easy to manage.  The round bale feeder is 7 ‘ in diameter and the square panel feeder can be made into almost any size desired.

For longhorn cattle, we offer the modified round bale feeder with metal plates welded to the uprights to prevent horn-hook.

All of these feeders are designed to prevent wasted money through wasted hay when feeding your livestock.  Nothing is more disheartening then seeing your hay scattered around the pastor being walked on instead of eaten.  With the price of hay continually rising it is important to contain your costs with a hay feeder from Barn World.

Please see our full selection at and view all of our products from cattle guards to saddle pads.

Here’s an article from The Northwest Farm Credit Services newsletter, July 2011 detailing the outlook for the cost of hay for the remainder of the year.  Between a limited supply in an increase in demand, costs are expected to rise.

Hay supplies tight in the Pacific Northwest PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 10:52
Hay supplies in the Pacific Northwest are tight. The 2011 season began with very little carryover hay available, and the cool, wet spring significantly delayed first cutting. 

Although the region is now moving toward second cutting, hay yields and quality have been impacted by adverse weather. With the supply situation little improved, strong demand for new crop hay is driving prices toward levels not seen since 2008.

In the Columbia Basin, harvest timelines are running between two and three weeks later than usual. First cutting of alfalfa in the Southern Basin began the last week in May and ended mid-June. Early first cutting was rained on heavily, and damaged hay was either sold directly to area dairies or green chopped.

It’s expected that all of the first cutting in the Southern Basin received at least some rain. Growers in the Northern Columbia Basin completed first cutting during the second to last week of June. It is estimated that between 75 and 80 percent of the alfalfa in the Northern Basin was rained on. Overall, yields were average to above average, but quality was off due to rain damage.

At the end of June, prices for new crop alfalfa in the Columbia Basin were running as high as $260 per ton at the stack for supreme quality. Prices for premium alfalfa were between $225 and $235, and between $215 and $225 per ton for good quality at the stack. In some cases, even fair-quality alfalfa traded above $200 per ton and lower-quality, rain-damaged hay sold for $150 per ton.

Second cutting in the Southern Basin began the last week in June and harvest will be in full swing by the first week of July. As the weather warms, there is some thought that the season will improve. Although growers north of I-90 advise they’ll be limited to three cuttings, hay producers in Othello and Mattawa have indicated the possibility of four.

The market for timothy hay was strong last year, and growers are expecting another year of profitable prices. Most growers in the Columbia Basin completed first cutting timothy during the last week of June, and Kittitas Valley producers should be mostly wrapped-up with first cutting the first week in July.

Interest in timothy is reportedly picking up, with prices mainly between $240 and $265 depending on quality. USDA Market News reported the sale of 600 tons of premium quality timothy at $280 per ton for export.

In Idaho, first cutting of alfalfa was delayed two to three weeks, and rain and cool weather continue to hamper the crop. Any hay cut prior to June 10 was rained on heavily. Second cutting will begin the last week in June. Due to the delay, predictions are that the area is likely to lose one cutting this year, and overall yield will be down 1.5 tons.

Alfalfa is in high demand from dairies, and at the end of June first-cutting supreme-quality alfalfa was selling between $220 and $240 per ton at the stack. Although prices for supreme-quality hay had reached upwards of $260 per ton for early first cutting, dairies are mainly resisting prices above $250 per ton despite limited supplies.

Premium hay had been selling between $225 and $235 per ton, and good hay for near $210 per ton. Low-quality rain-damaged hay sold for $145 per ton. For perspective, premium-quality hay sold for $150 per ton in December 2010.

Harvest timelines are running a week to two weeks behind in Oregon’s Klamath Basin. As of the last week in June, first cutting was between 75 and 85 percent complete. Yields were reported below average, and the area experienced some fairly significant rain on June 28.

A number of growers had not yet begun their first cutting, but planned to be in the field by July 1. (The cool weather allowed these growers to avoid the rain without the crop becoming over mature.) Prices in the region’s hay market were just being established, but USDA Market News confirmed the sale of 400 tons of supreme alfalfa for $250 per ton at the stack at the end of June.

Anecdotally, premium-quality hay had been priced in the $220 to $230 per ton range, and feeder hay between $190 and $200. The Klamath Basin is seeing strong demand from both in- and out-of-state buyers looking to secure inventories.

Primarily the market for first-cutting alfalfa is being driven by dairy demand. With hay acres down across the Northwest and expected lower yields on this year’s crop, dairymen don’t expect prices to soften much during the year. Because many dairies have been forced to buy hay hand-to-mouth, the supply gap between the end winter and first cutting 2011 meant that some dairies were almost out of hay.

At this point, higher milk prices are allowing dairies to cash-flow higher hay prices, and dairies that are desperate for hay are willing to buy at nearly any level of quality to lock up needed supplies.

Generally, exporters are taking a cautious approach to the market, not wanting a repeat of 2008 when prices got so high buyers backed-off. Many exporters were forced to write down high-priced hay inventories when the hay market crashed. Although exporters are anxious about procuring needed supplies, the price of first cutting is too costly given the low quality.

Instead exporters are focused on second cutting, which they hope will be of higher quality. A risk, though, is that if prices remain high and the Northwest is unable to produce a consistent supply of high-quality hay, export customers may turn to other markets for hay.

Good news for Northwest exporters is that the market is strong. According to the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Northwest hay exports rebounded strongly between December 2010 and March 2011.

Last summer began a trend where California hay exports exceeded those of the Northwest (for the first time ever). Referencing the graph below, hay exports from the Northwest in March were up 26 percent from February, and 35 percent year-over-year.



Exports to Japan from the Northwest were up 19 percent year-over-year in March and exports to other countries were up 58 percent. With respect to Japan, concerns over the impact of the tsunami on Northwest hay exports, so far, have proved unfounded.

Japan remains in the market for hay. Recognizing the tight supply situation this year, Japanese buyers have been fairly aggressive in negotiating for hay. Another positive factor is that China’s domestic supply of hay is down this year.

Overall, prices in Northwest alfalfa market are expected to maintain traction due to lower yields and fewer acres in production in 2011. Northwest dairies and exporters will compete heavily for second cutting, and California dairies and exporters are likely to enter the market searching for additional supplies of hay.

The significant hay shortage on the West Coast will likely find only limited relief as additionally new crop alfalfa becomes available. The reality is that supplies are tight, and weather for the remainder of the season will ultimately dictate how short the crop really is.  FG

—Source: Northwest Farm Credit Services newsletter, July 2011

Graphic courtesy of Northwest Farm Credit Service
Graphic sources: U.S. Department of Commerce, Hoyt Report, and USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (Northwest average alfalfa price includes Idaho, Oregon and Washington)

Saddle Pads from Barn World – style for every type of riding

5 Star Wool Saddle Pads from Barn World


These 100% wool saddle pads offer the best protection for your horse and are specifically designed to contour to the shape of your horse or mule’s back immediately.

5 Star saddle pads are made with two pieces that help eliminate pressure on the spine and and provide a great saddle fit without over-cinching.

To get that great fit, each pad is made with detailed attention to hip placement, back-line and wither heights and creates the best fitting pad every time.  The contoured pad is a two-piece design that will conform to the shape of YOUR horse or mule.  This design has eliminated the need for ‘breaking-in’ a saddle pad for your ride as it fits most breeds of horses and mules right away.  This flexibility is what makes these saddle pads so special.

There are many different saddle pads styles to choose from and we have one to fit every style of riding.

Western Contoured Saddle Pad
These very popular saddle pads are handmade to order right here in the United States. They are 100% wool and range in thickness from the 1/2″ under pad to the extremely thick Supreme Roper Saddle Pad at 1-1/8″ thick. Every thickness is available in every color.

Western Contoured Saddle Pad

Mule Saddle Pads
Our 5 Star Mule pads are contoured  to fit the flatter back line of mules, donkeys and jacks and who traditionally have flatter withers, thicker shoulders.   All of the saddle pad styles can be made with the mule contouring.

Mule Saddle Pad

Barrel Racing Saddle Pads offer the best performance by keeping your saddle in place and your horse comfortable.  All saddle pads are available in round or square skirts and you may specify if you’d prefer one end rounded and the other square.  We also offer the option of your own personal style with hair on leathers and embroidery done to your design.

Barrel Racing Saddle Pad

English Saddle Pads conform to your horse to provide maximum comfortable for the horse and rider.  These saddle pads are available for dressage, hunter/jumper and all purpose riding.

English Saddle Pad

To view our large selection of saddle pads and find the right fit for your type of riding, please visit Barn World today or call (720) 238-2190.