Cattle Guards for Livestock Containment

Cattle guards are designed to keep livestock from crossing openings in your fence lines while allow traffic free access without stopping. The spacing of the top rails create unstable footing and prevent cows from walking on.

Please note that we don not recommend using these devices with horses.  They have more slender hooves and legs which increases the risk of one sliding through. Once through the top rails, the leg is exposed to breaking if a struggle to get out ensures. It’s best to use a standard gate with horses.

cattle guard in roadway

cattle guard


If you have dogs, you will also need a gate. Dogs have soft pads for feet and can walk across the top rails with no problem at all.

To make a deer guard, you must bolt two standard cattle grids together for a width of 12 to 14 feet at a minimum. You’ll also need to make sure your fencing around your property is high enough to prevent jumping.

If you have any questions or need help planning your project, please call or email Barn World and we’ll be happy to help!  720-238-2190 or


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