Livestock Handling: made easier, faster and safer
Published on Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:28am
By Ashley Abbott | Sponsored by Arrowquip
As a leader in livestock handling equipment innovation, Arrowquip is a brand that is synonymous with functionality and quality. With their mission “To provide safe and efficient livestock handling systems for the Livestock Producer, with quality products that are innovative and easy to use,” they have stayed true to the core values instilled in them as livestock producers themselves.
In 2004, Arrowquip introduced the “Q-Catch”, an innovative, state of the art headgate that changed the way ranchers work today. Operated from a single handle at the back, the Q-catch made it easy for producers to work on their own. The Q-Catch brand is now widely recognized across North America as a symbol of quality.
Many ranchers saw the Q-Catch at work in their areas or at shows, or perhaps worked it themselves with a friend or neighbour. The demand for this standard of quality was increasing, but smaller producers could not always justify the investment. They asked Arrow for a squeeze chute they could easily use on their own, but they wanted it available at a price that fit their budget.
As a customer driven organization, the Arrowquip research and development team set to work to find a way to bring a chute to the marketplace at a lower price without compromising their standard of quality.
Arrow believes that no ranchers should have to settle for equipment that is poorly made or unsafe.
To satisfy this need in the marketplace, they have developed a new squeeze chute, called the Com Catch 6100, to appeal to this sector of ranchers.
Like all of Arrow’s livestock handling equipment, the Com Catch is a high quality, heavy duty chute, that is priced lower but still comes equipped with many of the convenient features that Arrow has become known for.
Made with the same superior quality materials as Arrow’s other equipment, the Com Catch is a simple squeeze chute that gets the job done without a huge investment. The lower cost of the Com Catch makes it a great choice for small livestock producers, as well as larger ranches that simply do not need or cannot afford all the bells and whistles.
Arrowquip is always on the forefront of safety innovation, and the Com Catch chute is no exception. Over 600 hours of research went into the development of this chute, and the hard work has paid off in a product that is superior to all other squeeze chutes of the same price point.
The Com Catch incorporates many of the features of Arrow’s other chutes, like a head gate that opens fully and is the same width from top to bottom to prevent animals from choking if they fall down. Dual auto locking device comes standard on the head gate, locking each door separately. As with other Arrow chutes, the locks are guaranteed for life.
The head gate on the Com Catch is also auto adjusting, so one person can easily work any size animals without having to make adjustments. This keeps both the animals and the operator safely out of potentially dangerous situations, and allows for quick and stress-free throughput of animals.
The chute is equipped with a checker plate floor for unsurpassed traction, and a removable sternum bar option, to keep animals from falling down in the chute. The chute is made with rectangular tubing, which is proven to be 30 percent stronger than round tubing.
The Com Catch chute also provides ample access to the animal, with a swing out bottom door, a swing out top access door, 12 inches of neck access, as well as full brisket access.
There isn’t an animal handling task that the Com Catch cannot help accomplish easily. All access doors have poly contact points, reducing noise and keeping the animals as calm as possible. All moving parts on this chute are kept out of the dirt, snow, or ice by rollers that allow the parts to move freely and easily even in the harshest winter conditions.
The unparalleled ease of use of this chute makes it an ideal option for a one-person operation. Like Arrow’s other chutes, it also comes with trailer mounts so it may be easily moved for use at multiple locations. In the United States, Arrowquip products are distributed by dealers. These dealers are all trained in both sales and service of Arrow’s line of equipment.
Dealers are being added regularly as the demand for Arrow’s equipment grows. Arrow values these dealers immensely, and strives to provide them with excellent products to sell as well superior training on use of those products. With a strong belief in supporting local economies and rural communities, Arrow is pleased with their collaboration with these dealers throughout the United States.
Arrowquip is always striving to stay at the cutting edge of their market. Developing new and improved handling equipment regularly keeps them as a strong leader in the livestock equipment industry.
Arrow has several options available to meet the needs of all sizes of livestock producers, and is happy to help anyone choose the equipment that is right for their operation. Search Arrowquip on YouTube for detailed videos demonstrating the use of their equipment, visit www.arrowquip.com or visit your local Dealer for more information.