It does sound similar to your setup, I will have a wood frame structure, with 12' panels that innerlock- bolted to the 4x6- it is good to hear that this has worked for you. I do plan on adding extra braces- I was a little worried after I got the posts in the ground, they felt very sturdy, but just didnt look too meaty. I am almost done with everything, and hopefully all will work well. Good tip on sending the smaller cows thru first... I did want a squeeze chute, but shoot, they do like em.. I know they are good though.
Thanks for the information. I am sure I will have plenty more questions in the future.
> Sounds very similar to my setup.
> Your design may work great. Just
> build it 2x stronger than you
> think it needs to be especially
> for that bull. Make sure headgate
> is mounted with heavy bolts that
> go all the way thru the 4x6. In my
> opinion, screws may work loose.
> Also, don't forget to add top
> cross-members to the 4x4's that
> hold up the sides. When done, it
> might be a good idea to get an
> old-timer, who's seen most of the
> tricks that cattle can do, to look
> at it. Then run the small ones
> thru first to break it in.
> Here's a little about my
> experience: I first had Priefert
> #91 headgate on 6x6 CCA all tied
> into an existing oak wood chute.
> The oak chute seemed strong, but
> after working ~15 cows, things
> started to "move", which
> gives the cows incentive to
> struggle even more. To make it
> sturdy, I rebuilt adding heavy
> 5.5' tall, 12’ long pipe panels
> (that all link together) to the
> inside of the wooden chute. [The
> old chute was too wide anyway.]
> Tied end of pipe panel sections to
> the 6x6 that holds headgate with
> heavy bolts that go thru the 6x6.
> This effectively, hangs the
> headgate on the pipe panel. This
> setup has worked well for a few
> years now, although the bull
> (3-year old angus) really makes it
> shake when he hits the headgate.
> Building all this was great
> exercise, but if I had it to do
> again, I'd just spend the money to
> get the squeeze chute in the first
> place. I plan to have one (plus a
> sorting tub) before I work cattle
> in the fall. The thrill of working
> cattle on a shoe string budget
> wears off after a few close calls.
> If the extra equipment keeps one
> person from getting hurt, it is
> worth the cost. You might also
> look into renting a squeeze chute
> for the semi-annual round-ups
> instead of buying one.
> One more thing - It seems like no
> matter how careful you are,
> headgates tend to get backed into.
> Mine took a hit from the vet and
> the automatic mode doesn't work
> anymore. My neighbor sunk a few
> heavy round steal posts about
> 1" in front of his headgate
> so that the driver gets
> "audio feedback" before
> hitting the headgate. Also,
> remember that (despite the
> guarantee) CCA lumber does
> sometimes rot after only a few
> Good Luck!