You Need a Portable Cattle Corral. Here’s 4 Reasons Why.

You Need a Portable Cattle Corral. Here’s 4 Reasons Why.

Article and photos courtesy of Arrowquip

Every rancher knows the struggle of having to work cattle while they’re away at pasture. Some may have permanent pens built, but there’s no guarantee the cattle will be near it when you need them. This might mean you need to chase the cattle to the pens – which can be quite the hassle, especially when you’re in open pasture.

This is where a portable cattle corral comes in. It has been one of the most impactful innovations for ranchers everywhere and has revolutionized how ranchers manage their herds through flexibility, efficiency, and enhanced safety. If you struggle with any of these, then maybe it’s time you consider investing in a portable corral.

1. Freedom To Go Wherever Your Cattle Are 

As the name suggests, one of the standout features of a portable cattle corral is the mobility. Unlike your traditional stationary handling system, a portable corral can be brought with you no matter where your cattle are located to easily adapt to your needs and allow for a simpler handling experience. If you’re a rancher who follows a rotational grazing structure, or you have cattle in multiple locations, then a portable handling system is essential to increase efficiency on your operation.

Along with it’s portability, some portable cattle corrals also offer the option to tow additional equipment such as cattle chutes or loading ramps. The ability to tow a cattle chute can be especially helpful if you need to treat your cattle while away at pasture, while the addition of a loading chute can be helpful if you’re catching cattle to load them up and move them home or to a different pasture.

2. Streamlined Cattle Management

Running a cattle operation can be time consuming, so it’s key to find ways to help streamline the process and give you your time back. Imagine being able to hold, sort, and treat your cattle no matter where they are. This dream can easily become a reality with a portable cattle corral.

A portable corral often comes with the ability to create two large fold-out corral pens that allow you to hold a significant amount of cattle. Some models also offer the option to carry additional cattle panels so you can create additional pens to create a set-up that works for your specific needs. Along with this, portable corrals come with a built-in cattle alley so you can sort your cattle more easily with some even offering a double cattle alley to help add extra safety and efficiency.

If you’re looking for an even more streamlined process, some cattle equipment companies have portable corrals with a built-in cattle chute, so you no longer need to worry about towing multiple pieces of equipment to your desired location. This will give you a true all-in-one, easy to use solution for working your cattle. 

3. Long-Term Savings

Investing in a portable cattle corral can also lead to significant cost savings – especially if you have large herds of cattle in multiple locations. Some ranchers will have multiple permanent set-ups throughout different locations, which can be costly, from initial set-up to continuous up-keep. With a portable corral, the need for multiple setups is eliminated, and costs are almost immediately reduced.

Additionally, if you choose to work with a company that provides extensive warranty and industry-leading Client Care, you can save yourself both time and money. It’s important to consider purchasing from a company that won’t forget about you as soon as you make the sale. Looking at companies that provide top of the line warranty (even on the smaller parts such as locking mechanisms) will ensure that your investment is protected for years to come and minimizes the risk of unexpected repair costs.

4. Quick, Hassle-Free Set-Up

As mentioned, the flexibility of being able to bring your equipment is a compelling reason to invest in a portable corral, but one of the most appealing aspects is the quick, hassle-free set up. Most corrals are designed to be set up by one or two people in as little time possible.

When considering the features of a portable cattle corral that is easy to set up, consider looking for features such as fold-out panels on airless tires paired with a winch system and a hydraulic jacking system. These features combined will make setting up and taking down your corral easier and safer than ever.

It’s no secret that investing in a portable cattle corral is a big investment up front, but it’s clear that it stands out as a beneficial tool to use on your operation. By streamlining your process and improving safety and efficiency for you and your cattle, you can’t go wrong with a portable cattle corral.

New to Ranching? Here’s the Perfect Cattle Handling System for You.

New to Ranching? Here’s the Perfect Cattle Handling System for You.

By Kaydence Michalsky

Starting up a cattle operation, no matter how small, can be intimidating. Every day brings its own challenges, whether it’s dealing with unpredictable weather, ever-changing market prices, or finding cattle equipment that gives you confidence and peace of mind when working cattle.

For decades, cattle equipment companies have tailored their equipment to ranchers who run hundreds of head of cattle. This leaves operations with small herds of 10 to 20 head trying to make-do with equipment meant for much bigger operations, which can lead to unnecessary expenses and valuable space being taken up. Using a system that is too large for the needs of your operation leaves more room for error and injury. However, with a cattle handling system designed specifically for 10 to 20 head of cattle, new or small-scale ranchers can streamline their operation and ensure safety throughout.

Often, the livestock industry focuses on serving the needs of large-scale cattle ranches, which can leave newcomers and small operations feeling left behind and frustrated. It needs to be remembered that small-scale ranches face different challenges such as less access to resources and manpower to help manage livestock efficiently. Handling even a small amount of cattle can be dangerous, especially if you have limited help, so it’s key to ensure you have proper cattle equipment.

This is where Arrowquip’s 10 and 20 Head Starter Cattle Handling Systems come in. These systems are specifically designed to help solve some of the challenges small-scale ranchers face on a day-to-day basis at an attainable price. By offering affordable, easy-to-use, and safe solutions, small-scale and new ranchers can handle their cattle with confidence. 

Advanced Efficiency No Matter the Size of Your Cattle Operation

For ranchers who are working to build up their herd and have less than 20 head of cattle, these small starter systems are the perfect addition. These systems have been designed by Arrowquip’s cattle handling experts using the same equipment that many have come to love, including Arrow Corral Panels, gates, and the all-new Arrowlock cattle chutes, to increase efficiency on your ranch and make cattle handling easier than ever. Within both the 10 and 20-Head Starter System families, there are three designs to help cater to the unique needs of every operation: Basic, Essential, and Deluxe.

The Basic designs feature corral panels and gates that are placed in a way that works with cattle’s natural instincts to move along curves. Cattle will follow the curve into a panel force that will then guide them into the Arrowlock 55 Series Squeeze Chute, making the process of handling cattle faster and easier than before. 

A step up from the Basic design is the Essential Starter System. This system features everything in the Basic design with the addition of an alley made using cattle corral panels and a rolling alley gate that can be used from either side to encourage better flow into the chute.
For ranchers  looking for a more advanced cattle handling experience, the 10 and 20 Head Deluxe Cattle Handling Systems are the perfect solution. The Deluxe system is equipped with more corral panels for more space and the panel alley is replaced with an 8’ Easy Flow Adjustable Cattle Alley for more efficient movement into the chute. Additionally, the cattle chute in these systems has been upgraded to the Arrowlock 75 Series which is equipped with a vet cage that allows the operator more access to the animal while in the chute.

Tailored Cattle Handling Systems for Your Herd Size

If you’re just starting out and can count the amount of cattle you have on less than two hands, then the 10-Head Basic Starter Cattle Handling System will be the perfect fit for you. However, don’t let the size of the system stop you from expanding your herd. 

As a leader in cattle equipment, Arrowquip wants to ensure that you can have a system that will work for you 100% of the time. This is why all their systems are completely customizable and all components can be added or removed with ease. Want to increase efficiency and upgrade your cattle chute from manual to hydraulic? No problem! Need a bigger system? Easily add as many corral panels as you need using the panel connectors. 

It’s important to ensure you have equipment that allows you to work and handle your cattle safely and efficiently no matter the size of your herd. By offering affordable, easy-to-use, and safe solutions, small-scale and new producers will be able to handle their cattle with confidence. For more information, or to get in touch with a Livestock Expert, visit www.arrowquip.com.

Introducing Arrowlock – An All-New Era in Cattle Handling is Here

Introducing Arrowlock – An All-New Era in Cattle Handling is Here

By Kaydence Michalsky

In an industry that’s ever-changing, there has been a standstill when it comes to cattle equipment. Companies have been producing the same cattle chutes with the same technology for years, but it’s time that changed.

During the mid-2000s, Arrowquip revolutionized the cattle handling industry with the release of the Q-Catch series of manual squeeze chutes. The goal was to enhance the safety, ease of use, and efficiency of cattle handling for ranchers and create a quieter operation to lower stress levels. Since then, the Q-Catch has taken the industry by storm, but Arrowquip realized it was time for something new. Something that will make waves and reshape the cattle industry as we know it by solving common problems ranchers face on a day-to-day basis.

Introducing the Arrowlock Manual Cattle Chute lineup. Redesigned cattle equipment that will change the way you handle cattle no matter the size of your operation. With three different model options available, there is a squeeze chute for every kind of rancher; whether you’re just starting out or have been working to build your herd for years.

All-New Ratchet Head Gate Locking Technology
Designed using a ratchet style locking system, the locking mechanism on this cattle head gate is a complete transformation from the well-known Q-Catch. Through continuous research and feedback from ranchers, we learned about the pain points of the Q-Catch and made improvements, making the Arrowlock a completely redesigned head gate that brings something unlike any other to the industry.

The ratchet mechanism ensures a secure hold on your cattle every time – no matter the size or temperament. By eliminating the risk of animals slipping out of the head gate, you are guaranteed a safer working environment and peace of mind during handling. We also know how challenging and scary it can be if an animal gets hip locked in the cattle chute, which is why we’ve eliminated this issue with the Arrowlock. If by chance an animal does get hip locked in your head gate, simply apply a little more pressure than normal to the operating handle when opening, and the head gate should pop open seamlessly, releasing your cattle with no issue.

Like the Q-Catch, this cattle head gate features all the same unique 3E: Easy Entry and Exit technology, which greatly improves the flow of your livestock. By incorporating a barred curtain-style design, light is brought into the cattle chute, which works with cattle behavior to draw them through the chute without a problem. This strategic design not only improves flow, but also minimizes stress on the animals, which leads to a more positive experience for ranchers and cattle alike.

Arrowlock 55 Series Cattle Chute
The industry often overlooks those emerging into the industry or don’t have hundreds of cattle, but that’s where the Arrowlock 55 Series Chute comes in. Featuring:

• Two models: Standard and Deluxe Vet
• Fully parallel squeeze (Vet Cage stationary)
• Squeeze Ranges from 31.5” fully open to 7.75” fully closed
• 12.75” removable needle door
• Single side swing-out doors, can be used together or individually
• 4 removable side panels
• One row of Rump Fingers on top access door
• 3E Head Gate and top-mounting Rolling Door
• Ribbed Steel floor for excellent traction
• Curtain-style head gate opens a full 29.5”
• 5-year warranty on the chute
• Lifetime warranty on locking mechanisms and Rump Fingers

Arrowlock 75 Series Cattle Chute:
The Arrowlock 75 Series Cattle Chute is your solution for safe, efficient cattle handling. Designed with the rancher in mind, this chute will get the job done right every time. Featuring:

• Two models: Standard and Deluxe Vet
• Fully parallel squeeze (Vet Cage stationary)
• Squeeze ranges from 31.5” fully open to 7.75” fully closed
• 12.75” drop-down needle door
• Swing-out side access doors can be used together or separately
• 4 removable side panels
• One row of Rump Fingers on top access door
• 3E Head Gate and top-mounted Rolling Door
• True rubber floor
• Curtain-style head gate opens a full 29.5”
• 10-year warranty on the chute
• Lifetime warranty on locking mechanisms, Rump Fingers, and flooring

Arrowlock 88 Series Cattle Chute:
The Arrowlock 88 Series Cattle Chute is the ultimate manual chute. Made stronger, larger, and more secure than anything seen before, this is the top choice among ranchers everywhere. Featuring:

• Standard Vet Cage
• Fully parallel squeeze ranging from 31.5” fully open to 7.75” fully closed
• 6.48” needle access
• Full swing out emergency side exit
• Split bottom doors that swing-out in opposite directions – also removable
• 6 removable side panels
• Two rows of Rump Fingers and a standard Rump Bar
• 3E Head Gate and top-mounted Rolling Door
• Three head gate settings for maximum hold on your cattle no matter the size
• True infinite rubber floor
• Curtain-style head gate opens a full 31.5”
• 15-year warranty on the chute
• Lifetime warranty on locking mechanisms, Rump Fingers, and flooring.

All chutes feature a head gate operation handle that can be used from any point along the chute, easily accessible latches, and multiple access points. The new Arrowlock manual cattle chutes are guaranteed to change the future of ranching. Welcome to the new era.

If you’d like more information on the equipment above, or other pieces in our extensive lineup of cattle equipment, call us at 1-866-383-7827, email leads@arrowquip.com, or visit our website arrowquip.com.

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