Cattle Guard Synonyms

There are many names for what we, in the American West, call cattle guards. These effective livestock barriers are a simple series of parallel bars (either square or round), set in the ground across a road. They allow a vehicle tire to simply roll across the gaps created between the top rails while providing a physical deterrent for flat hoofed animals.

Cattle Guard Installation

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Sometimes they’re ironically called cattle crossings but they’re actually anything but that. They designed to prevent livestock from crossing through a fence line, not provide a crossing for them!

In New Zealand, they are more appropriately called cattle stops and in the United Kingdom can be know as a cattle grid. Australians commonly refer to them as cattle grates and other names in US include the Texas Gate, livestock guard and cattle grill. As long as they keep your cattle from wandering away, any name will do.

Construction

Even though they’re called different names, they’re both available in steel and concrete. Steel is by far the most common material and they’re seen in use around the county. Concrete offers great flexibility for private use and can be much more economical than steel. They can also be highway rated like steel.

Steel

The most common construction material is steel pipe. The pipe, also know as rails, are available in both flat and round rails. The top rails for the flat top guards are shaped like hexagons and create a flat surface for rolling tires. They’re good for high speed traffic areas and give a smoother ride to crossing vehicles.

The round are a little more aggressive for livestock. and the concrete can be placed just about anywhere!

Concrete

Visit Barn World and see our large varieties of whatever you prefer to call them. We have the right configuration for private use as well as highway ratings from the AASHTO for your operation. We can help with many decisions you may be facing.

If you have any questions about them or would like a quote with delivery right to your project site, just let us know and we’ll be happy to help!

Barn World may be reached at 720-238-2190.

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