The latest designs and ideas for cattle corrals

Designs and ideas that reduce labor, cut material costs, and improve safety.


                        Danger Pen Made Safe  


 In the hundreds of corrals I worked in I saw more accidents in the crowding pen than any other. A serious accident, particularly when you are working alone, can have long term consequences. A simple central platform like this makes crowding pens much safer.  

It's also a clean area to work, and easy to walk from pen to chute to push cattle up. Cattle naturally circle around you into the chute.

 There are 5 different 'centre platform' designs including:

*  A crowding pen where the gate moves only anti-clockwise - so theres no need to return the gate. This allows you to fill the pen behind the gate - saving time.

*  A centre platform pen with two chutes - swing the gate anti-clockwise to fill chute 1, and clockwise to fill chute 2. This system also speeds up cattle handling.  

     See package # 3 for full details of all 5  'central platform' designs.



  The 10 most costly Mistakes Made When Building a Cattle Corral

 (included with any package ordered this week  Nov 30 - Dec 6th)


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How One Man Corrals Began

  A 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.



(Also the latest designs for low-labor sheep corrals and dairy parlor designs, see bottom of ORDER DESIGNS page) 





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.





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.





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.




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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