Priefert’s Model S04 Squeeze Chute
Published on Wed, 12/28/2016 - 1:41pm
Priefert’s Model S04 Squeeze Chute
By Courtney Dyer
One of the most important components in any cattle working system is the squeeze chute. With so many factors that go into selecting the chute that’s best for your operation, there is one factor that should be at the top of every rancher’s list – safety. It’s important that the chute you select is safe for both the animal and the operator. Priefert offers a variety of squeeze chutes that were specifically designed with safety in mind, including the Model S04 chute, which has grown to be one of the most popular chutes all across America. Not only does this chute offer specific features that enhance the safety of the operator and the cattle being run through it, but it also compliments the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Program’s recommendations for safe and low-stress cattle handling.
Designed to be user friendly, all levers and handles on the S04 Squeeze Chute are located so that a single individual can operate the headgate, tailgate, squeeze, and side exit from one spot with minimal effort. As an added safety feature, the squeeze lever slides up and locks out of the way of the operator while in use, to eliminate any head-banging or knee-knocking levers or handles that could potentialy cause an injury. Priefert’s patented “Infinite Locking System” is used to control the headgate and the squeeze. Not only does this locking system ensure that cattle are always controlled by the lock, rather than by the strength of the operator, but this locking system is also guaranteed for life.
Priefert’s S04 Squeeze chute was also designed with animal safety in mind. One of the most prominent features of the chute is its contoured sides, which better fit the shape of cattle and allow for a more secure and comfortable squeeze. The chute floor features a grooved surface to provide cattle with good traction. Each side of the chute features five drop-down access points and a removable bottom access panel to provide maximum access to the animal in the chute, making it easier and safer than ever to access an animal’s back, side, hooves, or udder to perform any animal health or herd management tasks.
Having the right chute also makes it easier to perform important management practices, leading to better record keeping and healthier herds. The BQA emphasizes the importance of low-stress cattle handling techniques and recommends that cattle operations select a chute that fits the size of the cattle being worked. Priefert’s headgate and squeeze both self-adjust to the perfect fit every time. This, coupled with the “floating floor” adjustment and the split tailgate, makes this chute ideal for working cattle of all sizes. Additionally, since the BQA states that all injections must be administered in front of the shoulders, the S04 is designed with a neck access port to provide easy access to the approved vaccination site.
Designed to be “Easy on the Cow, Easy on the Cowboy,” Priefert’s S04 Squeeze Chute offers a number of features that make it one of the safest chutes on the market for animals and operators. Selecting a chute that takes the operator’s safety into consideration means fewer injuries when working cattle. Selecting a squeeze chute that reduces handling stress on cattle helps producers see increased meat quality and efficiency. The Model S04 delivers on both fronts, as well as including several features that are recommend by the BQA.
For information on where you can find a Model S04 Squeeze Chute or other Priefert products, visit Priefert.com or call 1-800-527-8616 to speak to a Priefert representative.