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cattle squeeze chute recomendations

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Kansas4010

01-06-2012 04:37:06
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I have been looking at different squeeze chutes and wondered what other people like. It has to have a wheel kit and be portable. Two that I kinda like right now are Blantner and Souix Steel. A friend has a Blantner and likes it. It has a chain system on the head gate that makes it really smooth but I hate the gate on the back. Whenever I tried using it it jumps outa the rails. I have not seen a Souix yet but what i've seen on the computer looks good. According to Souix's website i'm supposed to have a few dealers around me but when I contact them they tell me their not dealers anymore or don't have a chute to look at. I won't buy one sight unseen for sure but are they good enough to keep looking for them or just give up and try someone else.

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donjr

01-06-2012 18:57:35
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 Re: cattle squeeze chute recomendations in reply to Kansas4010, 01-06-2012 04:37:06  
Got a great deal on a Priefert last year. Local chicken farmer decided to get into the cow business, and bought one. Then decided cows weren't easier than chickens. So, he sold his almost new Priefert for about 75% of what he paid for it. I've had manual and automatic headgates since I've been raising cows, and this is the easiest working chute I have ever had. It's a positive catch, is easy to adjust for different animal sizes (you can work calves, yearlings and cows together), has an emergency gate, is expandable, has an easy squeeze operator and a nose chain, which we haven't had to use because of the way the headgate closes. Cadillac of headgates!

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ridgelane

01-06-2012 18:42:49
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 Re: cattle squeeze chute recomendations in reply to Kansas4010, 01-06-2012 04:37:06  
I use Powder River and Stampede Steel equipment. Both are built tough and good features.

http://www.stampedesteel.com



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Kansas4010

01-06-2012 12:37:58
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 Re: cattle squeeze chute recomendations in reply to Kansas4010, 01-06-2012 04:37:06  
Thanks for all the suggestion guys. I'll look into all of them, i'm not sold on anyone yet. Some of these i've never heard of before.



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samn40

01-06-2012 12:34:14
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 Re: cattle squeeze chute recomendations in reply to Kansas4010, 01-06-2012 04:37:06  

Saw these in Minnesota State Fair, thought they had a lot of good ideas. Sam



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Jerry/MT

01-06-2012 10:25:32
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 Re: cattle squeeze chute recomendations in reply to Kansas4010, 01-06-2012 04:37:06  
I have a My-D-Handy that"s made in Kansas. The only thing it won"t handle is our bull. He"s just too big for th self catch eadgate and the chute is too short for his length. Handles all the cows and even the calves.
The Denver stcok shiow starts tomorrowand runs through the 22nd. If you"re nearby, you might check the chutes out there. Most of the folks who make chutes show up there to demonstrate their wares.

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Adtrailers

01-06-2012 09:03:50
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 Re: cattle squeeze chute recomendations in reply to Kansas4010, 01-06-2012 04:37:06  
Try looking at the Priefert chutes. They have basically 3 models to choose from, and a 4th coming out very soon. Their S04 chute is an excellent choice with a lot of bells and whistles. Their main advantage is their headgate - HG91. The design of it - no gears rachets, ropes, etc. I may be biased since I"ve bought them for over 9 years, and had great luck with them. They do have an option to make them portable, and it is very easy to use.

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JDseller

01-06-2012 07:15:49
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 Re: cattle squeeze chute recomendations in reply to Kansas4010, 01-06-2012 04:37:06  
I have two For-mosts. One portable and the other is in a permanent setup. I have had a Souis I did not like it. It was not near as good as a For-most.

You did not say how big of animals you want to put through your chute??? If you are just doing smaller calves and such then a cheaper chute would work.

I bought the last For-most two years ago. Manual squeeze with palp cage and wheels. It was right at $5800. I am sure they are higher now.

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Dr. Ed

01-06-2012 07:11:29
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 Re: cattle squeeze chute recomendations in reply to Kansas4010, 01-06-2012 04:37:06  
Get a Powder River. They are far from the cheapest but they will run tens of thousands of head without coming apart. They have a down animal release so if some old crank goes ape on you and throws herself down (it does happen) you can open the side and let her out. I have never seen one come open and hit someone on the jaw. Other brands, yes it happens.



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David from Kansas

01-06-2012 06:28:07
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 Re: cattle squeeze chute recomendations in reply to Kansas4010, 01-06-2012 04:37:06  
We have a foremost and like it as we had experience with them before we bought ours new. You can get the self-closing headgate or the manual close. We chose the manual but my brother has one with the self-close and he likes it. Also can get palpation cage. Have never had any real problems with ours except you have to keep the slide rails on the headgate greased to make it work really good. There is a dealer in McPherson, Kansas, where we got ours. A good place to shop is at the farm shows as there will be an abundance of different models to look at and price. I think the foremost is maybe a little more costly but I think it is worth it. Also available with transports wheels which work good. I have an old Powder River here at my farm that is not portable that works OK but not nearly as nice as the Foremost.

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thurlow

01-06-2012 06:14:07
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 Re: cattle squeeze chute recomendations in reply to Kansas4010, 01-06-2012 04:37:06  
Powder River.............



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Moline_guy

01-06-2012 05:23:52
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 Re: cattle squeeze chute recomendations in reply to Kansas4010, 01-06-2012 04:37:06  
Around our area the "Foremost" brand is the most popular with vets and cattlemen. They have large and small models with different options. Lot of people getting out of cattle, you should be able to find a used one if you advertise.



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Kansas4010

01-06-2012 05:37:32
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 Re: cattle squeeze chute recomendations in reply to Moline_guy, 01-06-2012 05:23:52  
I have nothing wrong with buying a used chute but everyone i've went to go look at is beyond used. I've seen bent up, rusted out, missing pieces and they still want close to new price. I also have a 10 year old that wants to be around to help and according to her take over eventually. I don't want to take any chances because I might get a good deal on something thats already broke.



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Moline_guy

01-06-2012 11:22:08
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 Re: cattle squeeze chute recomendations in reply to Kansas4010, 01-06-2012 05:37:32  
I agree, looked at a lot of used junk before we bought the foremost. It is an older model but it is made out of heavy steel, has wheels, palp cage and manual headgate, we paid 2200 for it. We have some cows with horns, so the manual gate works better, but if it wasnt for the horns, the automatic gate is the way to go. Also the side to side opening rear gate works alot better and in my opinion a safter set up than the up and down type.

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wijim

01-06-2012 04:46:51
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 Re: cattle squeeze chute recomendations in reply to Kansas4010, 01-06-2012 04:37:06  
I have a preifert and for the money it is a great chute.Jim



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wijim

01-06-2012 04:46:35
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 Re: cattle squeeze chute recomendations in reply to Kansas4010, 01-06-2012 04:37:06  
I have a preifert and for the money it is a great chute.Jim



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daled2

01-06-2012 09:50:51
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 Re: cattle squeeze chute recomendations in reply to wijim, 01-06-2012 04:46:35  
Powder River-great shute. My only wish was that it was galvanized? Had all my crowding tube panels and sections galvanized and sure wears and looks better when all my stuff has to be outdoors.



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Ranchingelec

01-07-2012 07:45:51
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 Re: cattle squeeze chute recomendations in reply to daled2, 01-06-2012 09:50:51  
Morand industries has a unique gate latch that will open under the pressure of the cow pushing or pulling. There is also a shoulder catch option that keeps the animal from moving back and forth. There are no cables or chains to stretch on the head gates either. Look up a morand!!



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