Layout Examples
Grandin Livestock Handling Systems, Inc.
Construction Details
Layout Drawings

2. CORRAL SYSTEM FOR A COW-CALF OPERATION

This design features a single squeeze chute system and a curved, single-file calf chute. The wide curved lane in this system serves two functions. It directs animals to the squeeze chute and loading ramp, or it can be used as a reservoir for sorting cattle back into the diagonal pens. To do this, the curved lane is filled half-full of animals and a person either on foot or on horseback sorts them back toward the diagonal pens. The system also has a two way sort in front of the squeeze chute. All the fencing in the crowd pen, and the single-file chute are solid. All gates in crowding pen are solid.

3. CLASSIC FEEDLOT CORRAL SYSTEM

This medium-sized feedlot corral is very popular and can be used in both large and small feedlots. It has a three-way sorting option in front of the squeeze chute, the curved lane has a smaller radius, and the entire facility doesn’t take up quite as much space as our larger feedlot layouts. Layout plan consists of three half-circles along the layout line: 16-foot (5m) radius V-chute; 12-foot (3.6m) radius crowd pen, and 16-foot (5m) radius wide curved lane.

4. COMPACT CURVED CATTLE SYSTEM WITH A FIVE-WAY SORT

This small curved handling system has a five-way sort in front of the squeeze chute. The drawing shows three different options for the orientation of the truck loading ramp. A 20-foot to 40-foot (6 to 12m) straight section is for electronics, scales, ultrasound stations, or other livestock processing equipment.

5. CURVED CATTLE SYSTEM WITH STRAIGHT SINGLE-FILE LARGE TRUCK LOADING RAMP

All fencing on the crowding pen, wide curved lane, and loading chute is solid. All gates in the crowding pen are solid.

6. BACK STOP GATE IN V-CHUTE

This design shows a cross section of the V-chute with a one-way gate. The V-chute’s inside width at the top must be a minimum of 32-inches (81cm) wide and 16-inches (41cm) or more at the bottom. These measurements are critical. For cows that weigh more than 1,000 lbs (455kg), widen the bottom of the chute to 18-inches (46cm). If a 6-foot (1.8m) V-chute fence is needed for wild cattle, maintain a width of 32-inches (81cm) at the 5-foot (1.5m) height. If cows weigh more than 1,500 lbs (682kg), widen to 36-inches (91cm) at the 5-foot (1.5m) height.
 

7. V-SHAPED SINGLE FILE CHUTE WITH RAISED CONCRETE PLATFORM, WASHOUT GUTTER AND CURB

Use 5-feet (1.5m) X 10-feet (3m) 10-gauge steel sheets for solid sides. The outside radius posts are 2-inches (609cm) higher than the inside radius to allow for a 2-inch (609) washout gap at the bottom of the chute. Overlap the steel sheets in the direction of cattle movement. For deep-groove concrete in V-chute, use 8-inch (203) diamond pattern grooves 1 ½-(38cm) wide, 1 ½ (38cm) deep. Broom finish concrete on raised platform and curb and gutter.