What to avoid - and why....
Not all cattle yards are created equal! The following list of things to avoid is worth considering when comparing cattle yard manufacturers and the features of different cattle yards on the market.

  • Narrow yard entrance gates
  • Lack of manways
  • Lack of cross-over gates
  • Hidden extra costs re: ground pins etc.
  • Exaggerated claims with regard to holding/working capacities
    (some capacities claimed must relate to drought stricken miniature cattle breeds).
  • Gates that hinge on the outside perimeter of the yards.

Gates hinged on the outside of the yards result in poor stock flow and unnecessary walking for the operator.
Bent gate frame. Our center joining system lug prevents this from happening.

Bad corners in yards that have to be blocked off, caused in part by the gate hinging the wrong way (because the gate will only swing 90 degrees).
Bruise or cut points as stock pass. Under pressure this farm gate will bend and render the slam catch useless. Also gate can fly straight past the keeper..

This is as far as this gate will open. This results in gates broken off their hinges due to the massive fulcrum effect if a beast hits or backs into a gate.
Slam catch pin does not roll back. Also easily opened by a tail bone, horn or nose due to no protective plate.

This gate only opens around 100 degrees both ways.
Cattle will not load easily up the ramp due to the V shaped race.

A common hinging and latching system. The double acting hinge which allows the gate to swing 360 degrees can suck back and leave a big gap between the post and the gate.
A drop bolt catch can be a rib catcher and is slow to latch.
Note the gaps between the panels or gates (is easy to break a leg if a leg comes down between panels).
And these pins will rattle.

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National Stockyard Systems different to the rest?

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National Stockyard Systems: Australia's best Stockyards: Designed by stockmen for stock handlers.
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