I may be the cheapest person here, but my worst fear is losing an animal out of or through a trailer. Unless you can fabricate and weld well, a homemade cattle trailer sounds like a risky idea. For my first few years, a local rental center would rent a trailer for $60/ day. It was great while it lasted, it may worth some phone calls to local rental businesses or the co-op. May also try the local soil/water office or farm bureau.
There is another peice that goes across the back but I don't have it with me this week. I too it with a cattle panel cut to fit. I'm thinking about just using my cargo net next time though because this last trip my panel fell in.
Good rig there Ken... My dad has a similar one that slides into the old 1 ton chevy, the truck isn't roadworthy anymore though so it doesn't get used.. thinking of making it into a calf shelter now.. has a heavy tarp over the top of it too
i like that ken, good setup and then you could use the truck for hauling anything else you want. i always thought an old school bus would work good for hauling cattle but that might be a little too redneck lol
Bottle calves. I have considered making it taller for bigger calves but honestly there no where to load or unload unless they are small enough to pick up. I built a small ramp for the hogs. It looks new cause I keep it stored in the dry
I don't know if you noticed the sloping steel ramps it is sitting on, I back up, put the pipe across then back up and the ramp lifts the crate off. A lot of people have 4 stands with curved base of varying radius and the top holds the cross pipe so when you back up it lifts the crate up with limiting chains so you don't go too far and then you secure it and drive off. It means you can take it off anywhere. Making up those stands is on my to do list but so far hasn't got to the top.