Straight, Open-Sided Chutes and Squeeze Chutes are Best For Cattle Handling

Editors Note: This is the fourth excerpt from Stockmanship Journal’s article “Grandin’s Approach to Facilities and Animal Handling: An Analysis” (Volume 3 Issue 1). (Click to read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3) The authors, Whit Hibbard and Dr. Lynn Locatelli, are both practitioners and teachers of the Bud Williams school of stockmanship and are well known for helping feedlots and ranches improve their operations through Low-Stress Livestock Handling education.  In this article they look at the handling facilities designed by Temple Grandin, and compare it to their experiences with good stockmanship and animal behavior.  Each section begins with a summation of Grandin’s position followed with the analysis. The final article in this series will be a response from Temple Grandin. The purpose of the authors' analysis is to encourage an exchange of ideas while analyzing, evaluating and critiquing theories and ideas in a search for better outcomes for animal handlers.   They want to help answer the questions they’ve often been asked:  “What kind of animal handling facilities should we build? Solid-sided, curved, tub systems, like those promoted by Temple Grandin can be expensive, but is that our best option?  Or are there are other ways to get us where we want to be?” This is groundbreaking analysis and On Pasture is honored to be selected to share it as excerpts.  If you’d like to cut to the chase and read the entire article, here is the link.  Oth

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4 thoughts on “Straight, Open-Sided Chutes and Squeeze Chutes are Best For Cattle Handling

  1. Hi Kathy,
    The link to the original article doesn’t seem to work–could you double check it? Thanks.

  2. Having been involved in both systems, the method described here is the best and even if you do not have your pens set up perfectly as described, it may take only a small investment to make a big difference. One or two changes may be all that is needed.
    Something to remember when working cattle. It is not how fast you go, but how smooth you go.

    Great series.

    1. Its the flow, less stress on the cattle is what I look for .thanks for posting. .

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