F-2 Drawing

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The key to this compact curved system is the 20′ straight section at the start of the single file chute. Cattle standing in the crowd pen can see a place to go that does not look dead ended. Twenty-feet is the minimum. Grooved concrete floors, solid sides, and a handler walkway round out this facility.

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This restricted space system is one of two facilities on this Nebraska feed yard. This one is used to treat sick cattle, and for processing cattle when necessary. The squeeze chute was in its current position as part of the old facility. Where cattle enter the single file chute, the straight section must be a minimum of 20 feel long before the chute turns. This allows the cow to see a place to go before the curve. A curve too close to the entrance makes the chute look dead-ended. The 30 degree into single file is also critical in all crowd pens. If the chute is too narrow, two or more cattle get stuck trying to go in. If the funnel is too wide, all the cattle move toward the single file at once and block the entrance. The posts fence are on 4 foot centers. Grooved concrete floors must be deep for cattle. The book has good tips for concrete, and illustrations for the grooving tools. This facility was designed with solid sided fences beginning in the curved alley, and extending through the crowd pen, and single file chute.

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