Highly Recommended Cattle Equipment
Your cattle farming venture is more than just a business, it is a lifestyle. Unlike other businesses, your work doesn’t just revolve in going to some office or some manufacturing plant. In a ranch, you do have paperwork, and you do run a production, but everyday, there are dozens of chores for you to work on – fence mending, feeding, vehicle maintenance, grazing management. The list goes on.
That is why your operation should be as efficient as possible. This way, you can be more productive, and you will find more time for yourself, your friends and your family. Cattle equipment makes your operations run efficiently. A tractor can help you drive a trailer that carries feeds, eliminating the need to drag around bins and all. An auger add-on to your tractor can help you with chores that require digging such as fence post repairs and mending. Another add-on can help you churn up soil in your land so that grass can grow again.
Here are the usual cattle equipment groups that most cattle farmers have on their farm. Note that most of these equipment are those you cannot do away with, others have cheaper alternatives – those than you have to assemble or build yourself. You can look up detailed information in cattle equipment vendor sites, cattle farming review sites and how-to sites.
Cattle Handling Equipment
These are the equipment necessary when moving, weighing and inspecting cattle. The cattle equipment under this list are calf tables, cattle headgates, squeeze chutes, loading chutes and cattle handling accessories such as weighing scales, head chains, and squeeze chute adaptors.
Corral systems are smaller enclosures that you might want to use for animals whenever you do not want them moving around. These are commonly used for horses but they can be used for cattle as well. Corral systems are either permanent or portable. Its price depends on the number of cattle it can hold, as well as the additional features. Some corral systems have adjustable alley sections, arena panels, a smaller holding pen, adjustable alley gates and alley frames that can connect directly to a squeeze chute.
These are the equipment needed for cattle feeding. They are a must in feedlot settings and are highly recommended for ranchers raising grass-fed cattle. In feedlots it is where cattle are entirely fed; for pasture cattle, it is also needed for giving supplements. The standard plant protein supplement needed is around 11%. These cattle equipment can be creep feeders, bale feeders, bull mineral feeders or bunk feeders.
Waterers and Water Tanks
Large livestock need large amounts of water. Surely, everyone agrees that cattle are huge (or at least, they were supposed to be). That’s why you are going to need water tanks. Waterers are cattle equipment with trough bowls. Material ranges from galvanized iron to Rubbermaid to concrete waterers.
Your cattle equipment can help you in raising the herd and keeping the property. In cattle ranches, the best way to do a chore is with the right equipment.