Rawhide Offers Versatility to Producers
Published on Thu, 08/01/2019 - 12:00pm
Rawhide Offers Versatility to Producers.
Article and photos courtesy of Rawhide.
John McDonald knows a thing or two about livestock equipment after working with cattle and rodeo livestock most of his life. Knowing there had to be a better portable corral design out there, he came up with it himself.
In 2003 the public was introduced to his original Rawhide Portable Corral design. It could be set up by one person without any lifting and it could be done quickly; yet it could also be pulled down the road at highway speeds, ensuring that no time would be wasted while catching cattle.
Fast forward to 2019 and now two different corral options are available for customers to choose from; the Rawhide Original, a throwback to the first design, or the Rawhide Processor. Yet everything is still the same: One Person, No Lifting, 10 Minutes. That’s all it takes to fold out a unit and have it ready to gather cattle.
The Processor continues to be the most popular model and is offered in three sizes for the convenience of ranchers and cattle producers throughout the world. The main feature with this design is the ability to customize the corral upon ordering by including a hydraulic alley, head gate or loading chute. Any combination of options is available on a Processor. Whether you simply want to catch your cattle or process them on site and load them into a trailer from the pasture, you are able to do so with the Processor.
The design of the Processor continues to impress cattle producers with its versatility and ease of use. The permanent sheeted adjustable alley aids with working your livestock, whether it is done on site or in the field. The adjustable alley can be sized from thirty (30) inches down to sixteen (16) inches; either manually or hydraulically.
The most notable features of the Rawhide corrals are that they are easy to set up and they are easy to transport. We mean it when we say that one person can open up the corral without lifting a panel. This will continue to be the model as we move forward with our newer designs.
The key is one person can handle it all by themselves. Customers can manipulate the panels so it is not just one big pen, but two, three or even four pens for sorting, as one can never have enough pens when it comes to working cattle.
The second portable corral option customers have is what we call the Original as it is a throwback to the original design John started out with. John simply updated this system, which is a bumper pull unit, to include permanent transport wheels like the processor. This makes the corral much safer as there is no chance of it tipping over like competing corrals. The Original comes in only two sizes, Standard and Large, and does not have the capability of options.
Rawhide began selling the Original corral three years ago because we realized there were potential customers that did not want to process on site and were looking for a less expensive portable corral. The Original fits those demands yet the Processor is still the number one selling system.
John’s design was the first portable corral on the market to offer the hydraulic lift option. This has been so popular that we now offer customers the option to buy the Hydraulic Lift Kit with or without the battery so that they may upgrade existing equipment of their own. A lift kit includes the jack, power unit, solar panel and of course the option of including a battery at time of purchase.
John and Mary McDonald run the family business out of their manufacturing plant in Abilene, Kansas; which is where all Rawhide Portable Corral’s are built. Two of their three children work at the plant with them, truly making the business a small family affair. When calling in to get information about a unit you will most likely talk to Ethan McDonald, son, and Cassy Wilson, daughter, handles Accounts Receivable.
Rawhide Portable Corral, Inc is proud to have corrals in 43 states and three countries which is a true showing of how these units work in a multitude of terrains.
Please check out our website for more information and to view our videos: www.rawhideportablecorral.com or find us on Facebook. Phone # 785-263-3436.