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Re: Best design for permanent facilities?

Post by Aaron » Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:49 am

After building my corral with all portable components (self-standing panels out of new 2 3/8 pipe, etc.), I'll never build a permanent corral again. Being able to change things on a whim and remove it all and sell it at auction tomorrow for 90-120% of what I paid for it is priceless - a practical investment. A number of old-timer neighbors have done the same with their corrals and they love them for the same reasons.
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Re: Best design for permanent facilities?

Post by Dave » Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:12 am

I took old poles off parts of the old corral that I took down, laid them out in the design I was planning. Even though I had measured and marked it on the ground and designed it on paper it helped me visualize it better. I found several things which needed change.

Gates. The old corral has 10 existing gates. I figured that I will be adding 11 more. I am sure glad that when I sold the place over on the coast I took down a lot of gates and brought them with me.

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Re: Best design for permanent facilities?

Post by Ranch7DK » Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:15 pm

I would urge you to put a cover over the working are. Not so much for complete rain protection, but for shade. Shade for you and the animals -i believe helps with stress to not let them overheat.
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Re: Best design for permanent facilities?

Post by gcreekrch » Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:51 pm

Caustic Burno wrote:I used the minimum working pen design on this site for my layout.

https://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$Departmen ... _723-1.pdf



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Re: Best design for permanent facilities?

Post by Caustic Burno » Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:04 pm

gcreekrch wrote:
Caustic Burno wrote:I used the minimum working pen design on this site for my layout.

https://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$Departmen ... _723-1.pdf



Them Texas Braymers work in a Canadian layout without getting confused? :D



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Re: Best design for permanent facilities?

Post by backhoeboogie » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:32 am

My working pens get worked a few times each year. My pastures are a daily routine. I like rotating pasture and when I rotate, they go down the lane to the working pens. The cows look forward to going down that alley.
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Re: Best design for permanent facilities?

Post by bird dog » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:49 pm

Sometimes less is better. The comment on knowing your labor source is an important one. While my new pens will hold all my cows and calves at one time, I have found it much easier to leave the majority out of the main pens and work inside the pen area about 10 to 15 at a time. It is much easier to sort from a small group and the small calves don't get beat up or smashed up against the sides,

I have found that the cows left outside in the holding area see that the ones before them have been worked and released back to the pasture. The last groups will be ready to get it over with and readily move into the pens.

It is also much cheaper to build a small sturdy pressure area and some larger pens that don't have to be as stout.

The chute after the squeeze can go to the pasture or back into the pens. This is critical.
I always work the cows first and sort off the calves. This year I cross fenced the pasture where the pens dump out to so that the area is only about 6 or 7 acres. This keeps the cows close and and gets them easily back with their calf when it works later.

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