Buying a Squeeze Chute

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Buying a Squeeze Chute

Post by Bamadan » Fri May 24, 2019 12:58 pm

I need to buy a squeeze chute, to make handling cattle safer, for the cows and ME.Don't want to spend a fortune, but I do want a good unit. Don't have a big operation, usually keep bout 20-25 head. Most of the time I work them by my self (I'm 65), so that is a consideration also. In our area, getting a Vet to the farm is getting tougher to do, having a chute to handle cattle could save some Vet fees.
Any Ideas and suggestion are welcome!
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Re: Buying a Squeeze Chute

Post by Hook2.0 » Fri May 24, 2019 1:11 pm

I have the tarter with auto catch. Works well, and reasonably priced. If youre working them alone, youll want the auto catch
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Re: Buying a Squeeze Chute

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Fri May 24, 2019 2:46 pm

Tarter is sub par but might serve a purpose on a small scale.

I'd look at Preifert or a comparable brand.

These guys are down your way www.cbfarmoutdoors.com you might want to check the out.
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Re: Buying a Squeeze Chute

Post by Hook2.0 » Fri May 24, 2019 2:49 pm

TennesseeTuxedo wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 2:46 pm
Tarter is sub par but might serve a purpose on a small scale.

I'd look at Preifert or a comparable brand.

These guys are down your way www.cbfarmoutdoors.com you might want to check the out.
He said 20-25 hd
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Re: Buying a Squeeze Chute

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Fri May 24, 2019 2:50 pm

Hook2.0 wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 2:49 pm
TennesseeTuxedo wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 2:46 pm
Tarter is sub par but might serve a purpose on a small scale.

I'd look at Preifert or a comparable brand.

These guys are down your way www.cbfarmoutdoors.com you might want to check the out.
He said 20-25 hd
I'm aware, that's why I'm recommending better built equipment.
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Re: Buying a Squeeze Chute

Post by Bright Raven » Fri May 24, 2019 3:17 pm

I had a Tarter with the Salon Door Head Catch. It was here about a month until I traded it out for a Priefert SO4. The Priefert has the sliding guillotine head catch. Much safer for the animal.

Edited to add: dun disliked the salon door. He was a Priefert man.
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Re: Buying a Squeeze Chute

Post by Dave » Fri May 24, 2019 3:34 pm

I mostly work cattle by myself. I had an auto catch. Got rid of it. Too many malfunctions. Cows going in not far enough to lock the head gate. Backing out and opening it too wide so they escape. When I bought a new chute I got a manual head gate. For feeder size cattle just leave the head gate closed. Run them in and close the butt gate. Then step up and crack the head gate open. Or for shots, just squeeze and give the shots. For cows I leave the head gate open but not enough for them to fit through. They will try. A couple quick steps and I close the gate. I have a stop back mounted on the alley that doesn't allow them to get more than half way back out of the chute. That helps too.
There was a Preifert chute here when I move in. The neighbors all cussed it and were happy to see I brought a Powder River chute with me when I moved in. Sold the Preifert.
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Re: Buying a Squeeze Chute

Post by Bright Raven » Fri May 24, 2019 4:00 pm

Bamadan wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 12:58 pm
I need to buy a squeeze chute, to make handling cattle safer, for the cows and ME.Don't want to spend a fortune, but I do want a good unit. Don't have a big operation, usually keep bout 20-25 head. Most of the time I work them by my self (I'm 65), so that is a consideration also. In our area, getting a Vet to the farm is getting tougher to do, having a chute to handle cattle could save some Vet fees.
Any Ideas and suggestion are welcome!
Thanks
I have the same scenario. I am 68. I operate entirely by myself. My baseline suggestion was made above - be sure you get a chute with the sliding guillotine type head catch so there is no chance of hip lock and so the cow cannot wedge into the salon doors which obstructs release.

Beyond that, you can use a lot of brands but the Priefert SO4 which is a grade up, has worked well here. I have had a couple misperformances with the autoheadcatch but no damage done.
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Re: Buying a Squeeze Chute

Post by Red Bull Breeder » Fri May 24, 2019 4:14 pm

Saloon doors

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Re: Buying a Squeeze Chute

Post by True Grit Farms » Fri May 24, 2019 4:20 pm

Bright Raven wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 4:00 pm
Bamadan wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 12:58 pm
I need to buy a squeeze chute, to make handling cattle safer, for the cows and ME.Don't want to spend a fortune, but I do want a good unit. Don't have a big operation, usually keep bout 20-25 head. Most of the time I work them by my self (I'm 65), so that is a consideration also. In our area, getting a Vet to the farm is getting tougher to do, having a chute to handle cattle could save some Vet fees.
Any Ideas and suggestion are welcome!
Thanks
I have the same scenario. I am 68. I operate entirely by myself. My baseline suggestion was made above - be sure you get a chute with the sliding guillotine type head catch so there is no chance of hip lock and so the cow cannot wedge into the salon doors which obstructs release.

Beyond that, you can use a lot of brands but the Priefert SO4 which is a grade up, has worked well here. I have had a couple misperformances with the autoheadcatch but no damage done.

I have never had that happen. And can't see any possible way a cow could ever get hip locked, calf possibly using a saloon door type of chute. If a cow gets by me it's my fault, not the chutes.
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Re: Buying a Squeeze Chute

Post by Bright Raven » Fri May 24, 2019 4:25 pm

True Grit Farms wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 4:20 pm
Bright Raven wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 4:00 pm
Bamadan wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 12:58 pm
I need to buy a squeeze chute, to make handling cattle safer, for the cows and ME.Don't want to spend a fortune, but I do want a good unit. Don't have a big operation, usually keep bout 20-25 head. Most of the time I work them by my self (I'm 65), so that is a consideration also. In our area, getting a Vet to the farm is getting tougher to do, having a chute to handle cattle could save some Vet fees.
Any Ideas and suggestion are welcome!
Thanks
I have the same scenario. I am 68. I operate entirely by myself. My baseline suggestion was made above - be sure you get a chute with the sliding guillotine type head catch so there is no chance of hip lock and so the cow cannot wedge into the salon doors which obstructs release.

Beyond that, you can use a lot of brands but the Priefert SO4 which is a grade up, has worked well here. I have had a couple misperformances with the autoheadcatch but no damage done.

I have never had that happen. And can't see any possible way a cow could ever get hip locked, calf possibly using a saloon door type of chute. If a cow gets by me it's my fault, not the chutes.
My advice is to eliminate the possibility. Guillotine sliding doors, only way to go.
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Re: Buying a Squeeze Chute

Post by Red Bull Breeder » Fri May 24, 2019 4:26 pm

We TG I have seen it happen. They sure are heck to get out when it does.

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Re: Buying a Squeeze Chute

Post by Bright Raven » Fri May 24, 2019 4:27 pm

Red Bull Breeder wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 4:14 pm
Saloon doors
Sorry. Thanks for the correction.
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Re: Buying a Squeeze Chute

Post by Bright Raven » Fri May 24, 2019 4:27 pm

Red Bull Breeder wrote:
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We TG I have seen it happen. They sure are heck to get out when it does.
It happened one time. That is when I traded chutes.
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Re: Buying a Squeeze Chute

Post by Hook2.0 » Fri May 24, 2019 4:33 pm

Red Bull Breeder wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 4:26 pm
We TG I have seen it happen. They sure are heck to get out when it does.
Not to turn this into a huge deal...Had that happen twice. Hasnt been an issue getting them out yet. The guillotine door type seems like it would choke one out quicker if it went down in the squeeze.
To each their own. Ill stick with whats been working
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