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for low labor, low-cost, cattle corrals

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The 10 Most Costly Mistakes When Building a Corral

 

Mistakes that cost the average cattlemen thousands of dollars

(observed from my 30 years of working in hundreds of different corrals).

 

PLUS The 10 best ways to make your corral safer to work in.

AND - The worst corral design I've seen; and why. 

(with every order this week Aug 30 - Sept 6)

 

180 diagrams showing you how to build a One-Man (or 2-Man) corral.

Including:

 

* 30 ways to reduce corral costs;

   (including how to build a permanent corral for 1/3 the normal cost)

* 25 ways to reduce corral labor;

* 15 ideas to make your corral much safer - especially for one person

8 ways to entice cattle into and through a corral (to reduce stress & labor)

* Full cattle corral measurements - also summerized on back page.

 

 

   HOW ONE MAN CORRALS STARTED

 

 wwwtubMar2013A New Zealand farm magazine was offering $10 for a good farm idea. I'd been disease testing cattle in New Zealand for 17 years and had worked in hundreds of different cattle corrals, so I draw up 11 different ideas for gates, latches and chutes, and sent them in. I thought they might use a couple of them.

Not only did they use all 11 ideas, they made it into their feature article (front page) - and paid me $150.00 for it! I started taking cattle corral designing a little more seriously.

Within 3 years I had left my secure Government job and was designing cattle corrals full time. My “One-Man” corrals worked so well they featured in many magazines in New Zealand and Australia, and then later in the U.S. and Canada . They have to date featured in over 50 cattle magazine articles in 5 countries.

I have added over 100 new ideas to those original 11, and put them into the packages below - along with 18 of the best One-Man layouts (scale plans).

Cost-saving and safety are the major focus of my designs. And low-labor cattle handling.

 

 

 


 THE 3 MAIN PRINCIPLES OF CORRAL DESIGN

1/ DESIGN TO ENTICE

 

Cattle (like us) would rather be enticed than forced.  More carrot means less stick. Less stick means less stress and less labor needed to do the forcing. And also less danger as cattle are calmer.

Here are 4 things you can use to entice cattle into and through a corral.

 a/ Their desire to escape.

 Always hide the closed end of a pen or chute so it appears to be a possible escape route.

 Also once they see they're trapped, cattle tend to head back towards the corral entry gate.

 You can use this natural movement to improve cattle flow into the chute. And for sorting.

 

b/ Companionship.

Using a few quieter cattle, or just one really quiet animal, in a decoy pen or chute, can help draw other animals into the corral or chute.

 

c/ Water and Food.

Where cattle know there is water and/or food in the corral, or chute, they'll come in much easier.

 

d/ Familiarity

The way dairy cows readily enter the parlor for their twice a day milking shows how routine and familiarity can help to quieten and move cattle.

 

 

 2/ THE 5 ADVANTAGES OF CIRCULAR DESIGN  

 

1/ Cattle tend to circle their handler, so with the working area inside the corral, curved fences enhance this natural flow (plus you have quicker - and safer - access to the whole corral).

 2/ A circular corral automatically eliminates 4 corners – enhancing cattle flow.

 3/ A circlular corral has 12% less perimeter fence than a square corral the same size and up to 20% less than a rectangle. A 12 – 20% saving in perimeter fencing.

 4/ A circular pen - with a central working area - puts you in full control of the pen, in perfect safety.

 5/ A curved chute hides the closed end of the chute – drawing cattle forward.

 

 

 3/ NARROW PENS REQUIRE LESS LABOR

 

One Man Sorting

 

 

 

Narrow pens have 5 advantages over wide pens:

 

A/ They prevent a large mob from 'milling' (circling) making cattle handling easier and safer, especially for one person.

 B/ One person (with a flag-stick in each hand) can manage the full width of the pen.

 C/ Curved narrow pens draw cattle through them.

 D/ Cattle naturally move towards the gates at either end, and

 E/ Sorting cattle is easier in a narrow pen.

 

All the layouts in the packages - One-Man and 2-man - are designed on the above princples.

 

 "My neighbors were impressed with the ease of sorting...." Bill, Canada.

 

 CUSTOM DESIGN

 

If you have a restricted building site, or special handling needs, I can design a corral specifically for those needs. My rate is $80 per hour. The average corral takes about 6 hours. But you only pay if you are happy with the result. 

 

 

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We can: Save you Money, Reduce Labour Needs, Reduce Stress, Safety Features and Handle larger numbers with ease.

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I built one of your yards (corrals) 10 years ago and I still get a buzz out of working in them. Graham D. New Zealand

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