Cattle Guards and Horses – a warning from Barn World

Cattle Guards and Horses

Lately we’ve been receiving a lot of calls for cattle guard quotes from horse owners looking to contain their equine. I wanted to give a quick review of why they’re not recommended for use with horses and why a traditional livestock gate is your safest alternative.

Cattle Guards vs. Gates

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Dangers of cattle guards

Although cattle guards are very popular and provide the ultimate ease of access to all your pastures, they can also be very dangerous when used with horses. Horses typically have a more slender hoof and leg than cattle and this physical difference can allow a horse’s hoof to slip between the cattle guard rails and slide all the way down to the bottom of the vaulted area. It’s slender hoof can also easily slip off the rail and damage its ‘ankle’.

This exposes one of the weakest parts of their leg directly to the cattle guard rail itself and once in this position, the scared animal’s flight instincts kick in and it will struggle to free itself. During the attempt to flee its precarious position, it can easily break its leg and put its own life in jeopardy. It is an extremely difficult thing to see and and its extremely difficult to even assist the horse in freeing itself.  A horse with its leg stuck in a cattle guard is not something that you ever want to have happen to your equine.

The safest and only viable alternative to a cattle guard for horses is a standard gate. It may be less convenient than driving over a cattle guard, but it is certainly safer than exposing your horse to a possible broken leg.

As a quick side note: There are other hoofed animals they can easily cross the barrier. Goats, sheep and other sure-footed livestock that are very nimble can quickly learn how to get across the curved rails. Of course animals with pads, such as cats and dogs can also learn to tip-toe across the rails and escape to freedom!

Help with cattle guards

If you’re considering using a cattle guard where horses are present, we would suggest that you use a traditional farm gate or livestock gate and realize the inconvenience of operating the gate is well worth offsetting the risk of injury to your horse.

Livestock Gate review:

 

If you have any questions or if we at Barn World Livestock Supplies can help with your cattle guard decisions, please let us know and we’ll be more than happy to help.

 

Hay feeders from Barn World Livestock Supplies

Although the grass is starting to grow and hay becomes more plentiful, it’s still important to contain your feed costs with a hay feeder from Barn World Livestock Supplies.  Wasted hay is a common problem that can increase feed expense as wasted hay is money down the drain.  Selecting the proper equine or livestock hay feeder for your animals is not only a simple and effective way to keep costs low and profits up, but it will also save you time refilling and cleaning up the blown-around trampled hay.  Make sure you get one before the price of feeding sneaks up on you in the summer months.

Selecting the right hay feeder

There are many different styles of hay feeders for every budget and all will produce large savings that will allow them to pay for themselves in short order.  Designed for everything from large round hay bales, square bales and even as small as feeding individual flakes, there’s a feeder that will minimize waste and provide years of higher profits.  Selecting the right one for your animals is quick and easy.

Hay feeders Styles

Rack and Trough Feeders

Combo, or rack and trough feeders are very popular as they serve a double duty:  They suspend the hay for consumption over a trough which can be used to feed supplements and also catch loose hay before it hits the ground.  Your animals will easily pull the scraps out of the feed trough and not waste fallen hay.

Combo hay feeders are designed for goats, sheep, horses and cattle by varying the height of the trough.  The most common heights are:

  • Sheep – trough height 20″
  • Horse – trough height 30″ and 36″
  • Cattle – trough height 23-1/2″

Their versatility allows them to feed both hay and/or grain & minerals when necessary, which is a very convenient feature when supplementing diets and they are available for both round bales and square.

One of the most popular and indestructible of the cattle hay / grain feeders is this large 600 pound, skid-mounted bale feeder:

Made from a very heavy 2″ x 2″ square 16 gauge tubing, this almost eight foot square feeder stands 72″ tall and is one of the toughest out there.  It can accommodate both square and round bales and has an 18 gauge steel pan with rolled edges to avoid any cuts on your cattle.  The center is composed of outward angling tubing to keep the hay on the outside where your cattle can reach it.  To ensure longevity and make it the toughest around, it is an entirely welded design that contains not nuts and bolts, eliminating wobble and torquing.  It’s one solid piece designed to last a lifetime!

Below is a quick video tour of this indestructible hay feeder from Sioux Steel:

Hay hopper round bale feeders

Along the same design as the combo feeders, the Hay Hopper Round Bale Feeders suspend the hay with chains and come with or without a skirt at the bottom.

suspended hay feeder

The skirted hay hopper feeder does will with buffalo and cattle too.  It has a large 7′ 6″ inside diameter and is made with 14 gauge, 1-1/4″  square tubing. Built for round bales, it stands 68 inches tall and has 16 feeding stations – a lot of cattle can eat at once!  It’s unique chain design allows a large bale to be dropped in from the top for livestock to access below. The steel skirt keeps the wind from blowing around the straw and presents it for easy consumption.  This particular feeder is powder coated and all tubes are either capped sealed to keep water out.  Its bolt together, two-piece design allows this feeder to be easily ship economically throughout the United States.

Round bale feeders

The traditional round bale feeder is made from a steel skirt with a large diameter to accommodate field bales and will have stanchions to separate animals during feeding time.  Built to be extremely tough and left out in the elements, these heavy-duty feeders coming in all types of shapes and sizes.  The most popular design is of course is round, and usually in an 8 to 9 foot diameter for your largest bales.

Below is an example of a round bale feeder with a closed bottom and mud legs to keep the skirt from resting directly on the ground.


horse hay feeder

These feeders are powder coated or galvanized to protect them from rust and are designed to give years of feed savings.

Another very tough round bale feeder is the Bull Tuff feeder.  The bull tuff round bale feeder is very large and extremely robust with twelve openings and nine mud legs to keep it entirely off the ground. The three-piece design allows it to be shipped very economically.livestock hay feeder

Plastic Horse Hay Feeder

Our most popular for horses is poly round horse hay feeder from Sioux Steel.  Designed from the beginning specifically for horses, all of the joints are overlapping to eliminate any kind of sharp edge and all bolts our countersunk into the walls to prevent any cuts or scrapes to equine legs.


horse hay feeder  

Extremely easy to maneuver at only 80 pounds, it can be rolled into position and dropped over the round bale quite easily.  Once in place, the legs also have the ability to be staked down in high wind areas if necessary.  The thoughtful 4-piece design allows it to be shipping in four pieces, keeping shipping costs low and economical to send to send to any of the lower 48 states.

To keep profits up, you’ll need to keep expenses down and a simple and efficient hay feeder is the best way to make sure you realize both goals.  Don’t wait until prices skyrocket this summer to invest inequality hay feeder from BarnWorld.com

Cattle Guards from Barn World Livestock Supplies

Cattle Guards – an effective invisible livestock gate!

A properly installed cattle guard is an effective and popular livestock control devise that saves valuable time and effort.  Available with the highly effective round top-pipe for the maximum hoofed animal deterrent and the flat top-pipe which provides a smoother ride for your vehicles while creating a barrier for livestock, it is easy to establish a safe perimeter to your pastures while granting the best ease of access possible.  It won’t matter who’s crossing your land, they will never leave a gate open and cattle won’t be wandering off on their own.  Keep your livestock safely contained with a simple and very effective cattle guard.

Types of cattle guards

There are many different types available, but the most common and effective are the flat and boxed options.

Flat cattle guards

are the traditional style in use all over the country.  Typically they’re made by welding round pipe to the top of heavy duty c-channels or I-beams.  The design calls for them to be mounted over a vaulted or open area with concrete footings to hold back the dirt and provide a foundation to transfer the weight of crossing vehicles to the ground.  The vault area underneath the rails creates a void and the important visual perception of depth needed to deter an animal attempting to cross.  Proper installation of the foundation is critical and a contractor familiar with the local soil conditions, including soil freezing levels and drainage issues should be consulted to ensure a long lasting crossing.

Boxed cattle guards

are identical to flat cattle guards but are designed to lay directly on the ground. They have a steel skirt welded around the perimeter to keep dirt from creeping in underneath and are very popular in low traffic, low-speed areas. These include construction sites where cleaning dirt from equipment is necessary before entering public roadways.  They are very popular as washout sites, used when hosing off trailers and other vehicles and allow for the water and dirt to drain away, and also as rumble strips that shake the dirt off before leaving a site.  These ‘semi-portable’ guards can be relocated from site to site as needed.

Boxed cattle guards are also popular for residential use and other low traffic areas such as cellular antenna towers, oil rigs, and any unattended maintenance area that require roaming livestock be kept at bay.

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Cattle guard load ratings

The AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) provide axle load ratings for cattle guards to be used in public installations.  Rated cattle guards are certified to meet the requirements of state and federal entities such as the Department of Transportation.

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)

Private use cattle guards When used on private property, certified load rating certificates are not required. This fact alone can save hundreds of dollars on a single cattle guard even though they’re built to the same specifications.  Private use guards will handle fully-loaded semi truck trailers as well as farm and ranch equipment.  Very popular on private driveways, these cattle guards can be more economical.

If you need any help with your cattle guard project, would like a quote with shipping or have any questions at all about cattle guards, please contact BarnWorld.com.  They have all the livestock supplies you need for your farm and ranch!

Hog Feeders | Pig Feeders from Barn World Livestock Supplies

Big Wheel Hog Feeders from Barn World

Barn World is proud to offer the Big Wheel hog feeders from Osborne.  Keeping your feed fresh for your pigs is essential in getting them ready for market.  The big wheel pig feeders are designed to eliminate waste from spoiled or spilled feed. They are much more efficient than the best gravity feeders as the feed is only dispensed when the paddle wheel is turned by the pigs. It does not sit in the truck waiting to be consumed. This ensures the fresh feed in the hopper is delivered to the trough clean and ready to eat. Eliminating the square corners of a rectangular feeder keeps the feed from accumulating in corners, turning stale, rotting and going to waste. The round trough and sweeping action of the feeder arm keeps the food supply fresh and will be consumed in its entirety by your animals.

How it works – a patented feed flow system
All the pig feeders come with an adjustable rate gauge to control the amount of food dispensed when the wheel is turned. Inside the feeder, the flow system is controlled by an adjustable cone they can be raised and lowered in the bottom of the hopper. It is the cone that regulates the rate of feed flow, not gravity. As the pigs eat, they move the large feed wheel sweeper arm in the bottom of the trough. They don’t know it, but the sweeping action literally cleans the bottom of the trough and dispenses fresh feed at the preset rate. As the feed wheel is agitated feed falls through the center hole of the cone and into the trough where it is dispensed to the pigs. When they stop eating, the lack of movement on the sweeper arm stops the flow of feed. As such, these big wheel feeders are self-cleaning and self-regulating which reduces feed waste to none!

Build for longevity and efficiency
The Osborne feeders are designed and built to last for generations. In fact the very first big wheel feeders were built 20 years ago and are still in use today. The frame is made with heavy-duty steel construction and the fiberglass troughs and hoppers are easy to clean, maintain and can be used indoors or out. The feeders can be anchored to almost any service and maybe placed in a fence-line to handle every type of feeding situation. Their large trough openings and round shape give pigs much better access and provide more trough openings than rectangular feeders can. Easier access and adjustable flow rates create a less stressful eating environment and will allow your pigs to eat in less time with less stress.

Types of pig feeders

1. Nursery Feeders

Fresh feed is critical for young pigs as they are very sensitive to stale feeds. The patented mechanical flow delivery system of the Osborne nursery feeder guarantees fresh feed every time. The agitation on the sweeper arm keeps the trough clean and dispenses feed only on demand. All types of feed including crumbles and pellets can flow through the system without damaging it’s texture or appearance. These conditions allow the pigs to eat at will while maintaining the fresh, unneeded green in the hopper. This produces a better quality of gain for consumption and will better the overall health of your pigs. The careful design of the head space openings and trough reduces eating stress and promote consumption, producing better gains.

Available in the one bushel, 3 bushel and 4.5 bushel sizes, these nursery feeders are the best in the industry.

    

2. Finishing Feeders

As your pigs grow in size, the main sources of food waste are more pronounced but are still eliminated with the patented delivery system of the big wheel feeders. The self dispensing feeders required no human activity and eliminate waste on their own by stopping the feed from entering the trough when the pigs are not eating. The self-regulated and self-cleaning finishing feeders will completely eliminate spoilage.

Available in three sizes from 4.5, 7.5 and the 15 bushel capacity these finishing feeders will reduce your management time and minimize feed waste to guarantee maximum efficiency.

    

3. Bulk Hog Feeders

Just like the smaller models the big wheel feeders, the bulk hog feeder is designed for maximum efficiency and the elimination of spoilage. The feeders are engineered to last for decades while minimizing your time, waste and need for adjustment. The reinforced fiberglass and hot-dipped galvanized steel supports all add up to a feeder that will produce healthy weight gains in your pigs for generations to come.

Hopper lids are not needed as plugging is never a problem even in heavy rains. The self-cleaning movement of the patented sweeper arms keep the feed flowing regardless of conditions. Set your feed rate once with the easily accessible outside mounted controller arm and it will remain constant for years to come.

Designed to be used with 90 head and possibly more, the big wheel bulk feeders are available in five different capacities: 24, 45, 65, 85 and 105 bushels. Using the same self-cleaning and regulating feed delivery system inside the hopper, the capacities are adjusted by adding rings to the height of the feeder. Available with an optional galvanize steel skid to be mounted underneath for easy moving, these pig feeders are some of the most versatile on the market today.

      

Be sure to contact Barn World for all your cattle guard and livestock supply needs today.

Creep Feeders: Livestock Supplies

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Creep feeders

It’s springtime; time to make sure your little guys have the nutrition and feed they need for a healthy start.  The proper use of a Creep Feeder allows them to get the supplemental feed necessary for healthy weight gains while increasing their pre-weaning weight.  Creep feeding will get your calves into market ready shape and high-quality condition more quickly than relying on just common community hay and assures less strain in their developmental years.  An early healthy start wards off disease and physical stress to create the best genetic lines going forward for your future generations.

Creep feeders provide a safe feeding area for smaller animals, away from larger animals such as their mothers.  The small entryway allows the physically babies access to grain, hay and nutritional supplements while keeping larger animals from entering the feeding area.  Adult livestock are just as interested in the feed supplements and would eat it before the baby could, so a creep feeder is necessary to separate the two without causing anxiety for either.

Types of Creep Feeders

Creep Feeders For Calves

 

Creep feeders relieve separation anxiety

It can be difficult and extremely stressful to try and manually separate a calf from its mother in order to provide supplemental feed. It’s much easier to allow the natural curiosity of the calf to take it into the Creep Feeder and be rewarded with the sweet tasting grain and supplements it needs.  This eliminates the stress the animals feel when a calf is removed from it’s mother for feeding and is the most un-intrusive method of assuring the calf gets it’s required supplements.

Barn World carries a selection of creeps feeders to ensure your young ones get the nutrition necessary to grow up fast and healthy.   Calves aren’t the only animals that benefit from supplemental feeds; sheep, goats, deer and even horses can all benefit from advanced nutrition throughout their lives.

Creep Feeders for horses– a great stall creep feeder:

Barn World has a horse Creep Feeder designed to be mounted directly on a stall wall for easy access for both you and your horse.  The adjustable top allows you to create a customize size opening on the top of the feeder and forms an overhang on the interior so the feed cannot be slung out of the sides when your horse is eating.  This unique and simple design prevents spillage and the waste of expensive supplements and allows you to adjust the size of the theater as your equine gross.

Made with stainless steel hardware and extremely durable 3/8 inch high density plastic, this feeder is designed to last a lifetime.  It also has a removable bottom for easy cleaning to guarantee sanitary feeding conditions in your stall. No more unnecessary and crusty leftover feed for flys!

Creep feeders for Deer:

These feeders are designed specifically for deer and wildlife. Providing protein to keep an entire herd healthy and growing will also head off disease and give the best opportunity for trophy wildlife.  Deer need protein year-round and it is especially important during the growth of their antlers. In conjunction with natural forage, a protein supplement will ensure the best growing gains and herd lines for generations to come.

Providing the necessary nutrition for your livestock, equine or wildlife, is a must and a traditional Creep Feeder is the best feed management system to ensure the young animals get the healthy beginning and continuing nutrition needed.

Visit Barn World today for all your livestock and cattle guard needs and get a great start on a new season!

Calf Warmer – livestock supplies from Barn World

Calf Warmers

It’s officially spring and that means calving season and it’s time to make sure you have the livestock supplies and calf warmers needed to protect your newborn calves from ol’ mother nature.  Make sure you’re ready to provide the excellent care required after birth when your new livestock enter the great big world.

Calf warmer: construction

The best protection for newborns is offered by a polyurethane calf warmer with an enclosed heater that will create a comfortable enclosure to protect and give privacy to newborns. Constructed from medium density polyethylene, these durable warmers come complete with a heater to keep your calves cozy, dry and comfortable during the first critical hours after birth.

The interior provides enough room to feel secure, stand up and dry off while getting used to their new environment.  With a hinged top section that is removable for easy entry and cleaning, this warmer provides the ultimate in accessibility. The slotted floor is raised so heat easily circulates throughout the entire unit before exiting the vent in the top of the lid.  The top section vent also serves as an easy way to view the calf without having to open the lid.   The floor is very sturdy and is designed to handle the weight with stainless steel supports.

The exterior bottom is ribbed so it may be moved or dragged around the pasture with ease and the rounded front bottom end allows it to slide over obstacles on the ground. There is also an optional steel hitch that can be used for towing with the vehicle if needed.

Calf Warmer Heater

The warmer comes complete with a high performance 110 V heater, three heat settings and two settings for the fan for an accurate temperature control in almost any environment.

It’s large size of 45 inches tall, 24 inches wide and 50 inches long allow for plenty of room and movement in a secure environment.

PolyDome Calf Warmer

Make sure your calf has the best available environment provided to it so it may have a quick and healthy recovery from birth.  These warmers are essential to giving your animals the best chance of a healthy beginning and prevent it from experiencing the shock of leaving the warmth of the mother to the cold and sometimes frozen ground.

Contact BarnWorld.com today and we’ll be happy to help with all your livestock needs – from cattle guards to saddle pads, Barn World has the equipment for your farm and ranch.

Hay Feeder Review – control your costs – Barn World Livestock Supplies

 

Hay feeders

Hay feeders can make or break your livestock profit margins in a hurry. Wasted hay is one of the most expensive, yet easily containable costs associated with raising animals.  With such an impact on your bottom line, it’s extremely important to minimize your feed expenses and Barn World has the hay feeders to do just that.

The most effective means of keeping your livestock from wasting hay and driving up your feeding costs is to contain the hay in a clean environment that gives them the opportunity to eat it rather than walk on it.  We’ve all experienced hay blowing around a feeder only to be trampled into the mud by the animals that should be eating it, creating a needless waste of money. The simple solution is a hay feeder that not only allows them to eat from the bale, but also keeps the hay clean and together for consumption.

Here’s a look at three different styles of hay feeders that offer long lasting economic benefits for feeding your livestock:

Bull Tuff Round Bale Feeder

 This feeder is a large, traditional round bale feeder with a 9 foot diameter and 12 feed openings. It has heavy-duty mud legs, and its 1-1/2″ x 2.5″ 16 gauge high tensile tubing makes this feeder extremely sturdy to take years of abuse from your livestock.  Weighing in at 440 pounds, this large feeder will handle up to 20 head of cattle.

Hay/Grain Feeder

This is an extremely large and heavy cattle feeder weighing 600 pounds.  It rests on skids so that it may be moved about your pastures with ease. At 7 feet wide, 8 feet long and 72 inches tall, this indestructible feeder offers the ability to suspend your hay bale above the mud, dirt and water and can also be used to feed grain in the pan below.  The entirely welded design of 2″ square tubing and angle iron give it incredible strength to withstand any abuse.

Hay Hopper Feeder

A unique design in that it suspends the hay bale off the ground and allows your livestock to get out it from all angles. Suspending the hay bale helps prevent water damage, rotting and mold.  It also keeps the bale fresh and free from dirt so the hay remains a clean source of food for your livestock.  It’s a simple and effective means of keeping hay costs to a minimum.

Keeping your costs low and your animals healthy and growing are the primary objective of any rancher.  These hay feeders are designed to last and provide economic benefits to you and your livestock for years.

Cattle guards: A livestock management time saver from Barn World Livestock Supplies

Cattle guards

A simple Texas Gate provides security and peace of mind for your farm and ranch and is one of the most valued assets of livestock equipment available to the modern rancher today. Gone are the days were you would have to stop and get out of your vehicle only to drive forward, stop again, get out and close the gate behind you.  With a cattle guard, you won’t worry that someone may have left a gate open releasing your animals to the great unknown!  A simple cattle guard, when properly installed, will provide years of worry free livestock control.

Types of cattle guards

Round pipe cattle guards

Traditional cattle guards are made from c-channels or I-beam load supports with either round or flat top piping.  Round top-pipe provides a greater deterrent for livestock by creating not only a rounded surface that’s more challenging to balance on, but also a greater visual deterrent. The curved edges create greater shadow contrast making it look even more imposing to animals.  The combination provides an effective deterrent for livestock and other flat hoofed creature.

Flat pipe cattle guards

provide a physical barrier while also creating a smoother ride for passing traffic than the round pipe. They’re most popular on heavily traveled roadways and provide a smoother crossing for high-speed vehicles.  Although better for crossing trucks and cars, the flat surface will allow for a more stable foothold for animals and thus have a slightly less physical deterrent than round piped guards.

Temporary or boxed cattle guards

Boxed guards are quite common in the construction industry. They are traditional round top-pipe cattle guards with a steel skirt welded around the outside to prevent dirt from creeping into the open vault area underneath. They’re designed to lay directly on a flat surface and can be used as a construction site washout or a dirt rumbler to clean debris from equipment before leaving a job site.  They are also convenient in that they can be transferred from one site to the next as work requires.

Cattle Guards for ATVs

Barn World Livestock Supplies offers a custom guard built for ATVs and designed to be inserted directly into a fence line. It’s a simple and effective means of quickly adding access to other pastures without creating the need for a permanent guard that requires concrete footings or vaults to be dug. Just cut your fence and drop it into place for foot or atv access.

 

Warning:  Cattle guards do not work with all animals

Balancing a flat hoof on a round pipe is a difficult proposition for most animals. There are some exceptions: goats, sheep and other surefooted livestock can cross cattle guards fairly easily and your soft-footed barnyard friends such as dogs & cats will be able to walk right across.

Please note that cattle guards are not recommended for use with horses. Their smaller and slender legs can slide down between the rails and be expose to breakage at their weakest point.  Being a flight animal means that they will struggle more fiercely out if panic to get out and unintentionally increase the risk of injury.   The best barrier for these animals is a swing gate.

Simple and effective, cattle guards provide a swift and maintenance free method of ensuring your livestock stay on your ranch. You will never need to open and close gate again and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that a gate somewhere has been left open.

If you have any questions about installation or need and long-lasting heavy-duty cattle guard for your farm and ranch, contact Barn World (720.238.2190) as they have a large selection and a knowledgeable staff to help.

Calf Warmer Season – Barn World Livestock Supplies

Calf Warmer Season – Barn World Livestock Supplies

Calf Warmers

Make sure to care for your newborn livestock with this simple and essential piece of livestock equipment on your farm and ranch.  Your new calves need a secure and warm environment to protect them from the cold and bitter winds and temperatures of winter.  They need help retaining their body heat to allow them to gain their bearings while recovering from birth.  The stress of the cold can cause severe health problems and even death.  In cold climates, when they are literally dropped from the warm of the mother, completely wet, onto the frozen ground, hypothermia can lead to the loss of life of even the hardiest of calves.

 

Hypothermia

Calf Heaters can ensure that the calf is protected from the elements and given the best environment to recover from the birthing process.  The first twenty four hours of life find them exposed to the risk of hypothermia – the stress on the animal brought on by being exposed to the cold.  It is extremely dangerous and must be taken very seriously as the death of your calf can result.

Symptoms of hypothermia

Without the heat of a calf warmer,  the young calf’s body will try and compensate by moving warm blood away from its extremities to the center or core of its’ body.   Initially, the most common symptoms are shivering, rapid breathing and an increased pulse rate.  The shivering can keep the calf from standing and cause an over-all lack of coordination.

As the hypothermia becomes more sever, the lack of blood to the extremities can cause them to turn pale or blue as there is a lack of oxygen near the surface of the body.  The internal organs begin to cool and signs of life can be difficult to detect.   If left untreated, the calf can die.

Calf Warmer  – an easy solution

A simple and effective means of preventing the loss of a newborn livestock is the calf warmer.  It is generally made out of a very durable poly-ethylene and hinged like a large clam to provide the room for a calf to stand in the comfort of warm air.  They are excellent shelters and are commonly used on all farms with livestock births.  They typically have a heater and a floor that allows warm air to rise through a floor and out the top vents.

Due to their size, usually 4’ long and 4’ tall, they are typically designed to be towed by a vehicle to where they are needed.  They can come with tow ropes and large bottom skids to make the job easier and to provide for longevity.

A must in all livestock supply arsenals, these simple and effective  warmers will give the best care to your newborn calves and give them a health start to a prosperous life for both animal and owner.

Visit Barn World for a selection of calf warmers and all of your livestock supplies or call (720) 238-2190.

 

 

 

Cattle Guard Foundations – Setting the proper Texas Gate

Cattle Guard Installation

Cattle guards are an indispensable part of managing livestock.  Their simplicity and ease of use, combined with their longevity, make them the ultimate Texas gate.

Cattle Guard Foundation Installation

Although some have mounted cattle guards to railroad ties for support, the most permanent and recommended installation method begins with a concrete vault.  The vault serves two purposes:

  1. keep the dirt from behind the walls of the vault area from creeping in
  2. allow the footings to provide proper support

A concrete cattle guard foundation will ultimately be a thick, four-walled ‘box’ and is recommended to be poured after the arrival of the cattle guard.  The depth of the walls is not a one-size-fits all measurement, but is determined by the local conditions such as drainage, soil type and freezing levels.  It is important that a contractor who is familiar with the site conditions be consulted so that the foundation will provide a solid and stable base for the cattle guard to rest on.  The support beams do not rest on the vault walls, only on the footers to transfer the weight of the passing vehicles to the ground.

Generally, it is suggested a trench, about a foot deep and wider than the guard itself be dug.  The cattle guard foundation walls should be at least six inches wide to make up the ‘vault box’ so that dirt will not collapse the walls and the footers should be large enough to support the passing vehicle weight and transfer the load to the ground.  We typically see 12 inch walls that are eighteen inches deep to support each load-bearing beam of the guard.

Depending upon your soil conditions, drainage may be achieved with a deep crushed-rock base such as a French drain or by running PVC piping through the concrete walls to discharge any excess water.  Some areas may allow for natural drainage, but without proper removal of any water, the foundation and thus the guard itself may be compromised.  Effective drainage is vital to the longevity of the crossing and should be done with the best possible long-term solution in mind.

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Boxed Cattle Guard Installations

A boxed cattle guard is a great choice for temporary use in low traffic areas or construction sites.  Laid directly on flat ground, they can be spiked into the soil, railroad ties or a set in a firm gravel mix to help eliminate movement.  They are great for low volume access areas and don’t require a vault to be dug underneath.  A steel skirt is welded directly to the frame and will help keep the area below clear from creeping dirt.  Very popular with construction sites, the guards may be moved from location to location and be used as rumblers, dirt shakers, or washout areas to clean equipment before leaving a job site.

Best used in situations where the cattle guard will be used temporarily, these versatile installations will do well for all types of applications.

Cattle Guards – a convenient gate replacement

For ease of use, nothing provides better access to your livestock than a properly installed Texas Gate. You don’t need to manually open and close it or worry about someone leaving it open and your animals wandering off.  With proper installation, this convenient and secure access will greatly improve your ability to manage your farm and ranch.

Please visit BarnWorld.com to see our selection and don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or need any help with your installation!

Barn World Livestock Supplies  (720) 238-2190