Scale question

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Scale question

Post by Nicky » Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:44 pm

Do they work better with solid sides or ones they can see through? I would think the gates see through and the sides solid.

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Re: Scale question

Post by Mike » Mon Jul 18, 2016 3:35 pm

My electronic scales are under my squeeze chute.
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Re: Scale question

Post by Nicky » Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:18 pm

This is a 8' X 20'

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Re: Scale question

Post by Nicky » Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:07 pm

I know you guys have to have an opinion on this....

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Re: Scale question

Post by Brad S » Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:04 pm

Seen them every configuration. If you had some really wringy calves, solid sides would likely serve best. About anything works for most cattle.

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Re: Scale question

Post by Big Muddy rancher » Thu Jul 21, 2016 7:22 am

Ours was solid along the bottom 2 feet then plank with gaps.
I see the new prefab cages are just tubing.
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Re: Scale question

Post by Mike » Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:51 am

Cattle need a visual opening to know where to go. When they don't see an opening anywhere they tend to go back from the direction of which they came from.

So I would say the exit gates should be open and the sides blocked.
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Re: Scale question

Post by Silver » Thu Jul 21, 2016 7:57 pm

Ours is made with tubing all the way around and works fine. It may work well because they need to go up a bit of a ramp to get into it, I don't know.

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Re: Scale question

Post by PPRM » Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:20 am

Mike wrote:Cattle need a visual opening to know where to go. When they don't see an opening anywhere they tend to go back from the direction of which they came from.

So I would say the exit gates should be open and the sides blocked.
This is my guess. The other thing is to look at what may inhibit cattle from moving. Just had a USDA slaughter that wanted half sheeted alley for access. The desk is right in line of view out of the tub. They decided to sheet that section and it works well now.
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