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Facilities & Equipment

Whether your operation is feeding, grazing, weaning or delivering cattle, find the best methods for selecting and maintaining facilities and equipment.

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Many ranches today utilize ATVs for jobs that historically were done on horseback, and some beef operations do not even own a horse.

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There are problems lurking in every cattle-handling system that can create a headache on your operation – or totally ruin your system. Luckily, there are some simple fixes that can solve any problems you might find in your cattle-handling system. Whether you are investing in a new system or trying to improve your current one, spend a little time making sure it works for you by avoiding or fixing these common pitfalls.

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It can be confusing for producers needing to either upgrade their current chute and handling facilities or build a new system from scratch.

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Large animal veterinarians with an arm in a sling or on crutches is not an uncommon sight. Usually, their injury was the result of treating or testing cattle in a poorly designed or maintained handling facility.

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The daily grind of ranching life – an honest one, working animals on the land – is rewarding. The practice reaches backward through our bloodlines to the earliest days of the American dream.

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Investing in new equipment is always a big conversation to have because it plays an integral role in your operation. Cattle handling systems influence the efficiency of your workflow and the safety of handlers and cattle. In some scenarios, a stationary system is ideal, whereas in others, it is better to have a portable working system. In some cases, there are ranches that even have both.

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