Our patented bolt together system will handle uneven or sloping ground.
A 3.2 metre panel can rise or fall over 4 inches via our slotted holes. A rise or fall of over 8 inches is easy with our extender cleats. Also, impact is still spread over adjacent panels if a beast hits hard.

The steel we use is Grade 450 (very high tensile and gal inside and out)
A 1.6mm wall has the same strength as 2.1mm wall in normal steel, and a 2.0mm wall has the same strength as 2.6mm wall in normal steel. Oval rail minimises bruising.

The bolt together system will eliminate rattle noise, is stronger than pins, acts a theft deterrent and does not take much longer to erect than a pin together system.

A conventional joining system which uses pins and cleats can result in panels becoming separated if the joining pin length is not at least twice as long as the gap between the double cleats. Also there is between 320 & 500mm of weld around the cleats on each of our panel posts compared to around 160mm on a lug and pin post. (It is possible for the weld on a lug and pin system to tear out of the wall of the post). It will take more pressure to shear our bolt than it will to bend a pin. (We have never had a bolt break yet).

Alternative joining systems utilizing cleats and pins where the top cleat is below the top of the panel has resulted in many broken legged horses and cattle.
This is a vital consideration for round yards and other yards around horses, or cattle yards where cattle attempt to climb or jump or where horses are tied alongside cattle yards.

The centre cleat on our joining system transfers impact from the gate slam catch post to the 1, or often, 2 adjacent panel posts. This prevents the slam catch popping from the keeper under impact or pressure.

If a gate does not swing back to lay flat against the adjacent panel, then it is very easy for the gate hinges to be broken, or the gate hinge to be torn off the post (due to the massive fulcrum effect). That is why some other yard manufacturers swing their gates on the outside perimeter of yards. (This results in the operator having to do a figure of 8 around the yard when transferring cattle into the next yard). Our gates generally swing from the inside (the open gate lays flat against the adjacent panel), thereby minimising operator walking and greatly enhancing cattle flow.

The shape and placement of our slam catch keepers makes them non bruise. Also, there is a 90mm long slot to cater for rise and fall of the gate. This prevents having to manually lift a sagging gate to engage the catch as per other slam keepers.

Our pricing is GST inclusive (as per the law).

The longer panels we use (only in non pressure areas) result in the erected yards being bigger than they appear on paper. Also we attempt to provide safe working capacities (based on 2 tooth steers). (A cow and calf unit will require double that area). We do not quote tight holding capacities which leave no room for processing cattle.

The automatic stopper/s on our gates (2 per gate on medium and heavy yards) prevent gate twist and eliminates the gate being pushed through when drafting. (Our gate folds back 180 degrees one way and the automatic stopper can be manually over ridden to allow 100 degrees swing the other way). The slam catch pin rotates back behind the gate post so as to be non bruise when drafting. Also pulling a slam catch gate behind you to close it, when walking through yards, is infinitely quicker than stopping and turning to latch a conventional chain or drop bolt closing gate.

A drop or slide bolt latching system is a real rib catcher and can severely injure an animal if it gets jammed between the gate and the gate post.

A 360 degree swinging gate with a double gudgeon can result in a big gap between the gate post and the latch post. A calf or weaner can get their head in this gap, suck back and it is difficult to free the animal.

The slide gates and calf panels have extra rails to prevent heads getting through the rails. Also we provide an extra rail option in our working race.

The manways are wide enough to allow a beast through easily. (Our manways are wider than our race). Many cattle have been caught between the ribs and hips attempting to go through an open mangate that is too narrow, and, it is a big effort to release them.

Manways are included in most plans, ground pins are included in all yards and concretable spiggots with sleeves are included with all ramps. These are all often optional extras with other suppliers.

Our gates and joining system won the Encouragement Award at the 2005 Ag-Quip Inventor’s Competition. The Hicks Drafter was the overall winner in the same competition in 2007 and won an Award of Excellence at the Australian National Field Days in 2009. In addition we have patents or patent applications on our concrete floors, on our gates and joining system, calf cradle, split sliding gate and drafting boxes. Also we have Registered Designs on our joining system, overhead draft box, crush operating handle and chin clam. That is why these practical and innovative products are unique to National Stockyard Systems.

Our patented concrete floor loading ramps have been stressed tested. Each of the 700mm long pads will take 3.7 tonnes before they crack.

We are often asked by resellers to sell through them but, we only sell direct. Thus, by purchasing direct, the end user is receiving practical advice and a superior product at a lower cost than going through a reseller. Some resellers push clients into products they make the most margin on, rather than the most suitable product.

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