Cattle Guards

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

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

a cattle guard installed on a highway

Load Ratings for Every Need

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

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

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

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

Top Rails: Round vs Flat

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

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

Pre-made Foundations for Hassle-Free Installation

Cattle Guard Foundations

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

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

Cattle Guard Foundations

Wing Design for Enhanced Livestock Control

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

picture of a cattle guard wing
picture of cattle guard wing

Cattle Guard Advantages

  1. Continuous Barrier:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where to Buy A Cattle Guard

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

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

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

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