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Electronic Cattle Guard
"It's as portable as a flashlight so you can easily move it from gate to gate. Best of all, it costs only a fraction as much as a conventional cattle guard," say Sid and Barney Zinter, Ione, Oregon, about their electronic "Gatekeeper" that keeps cattle from going through open gates.
The self-contained unit is about the size of a large tackle box with a handle on top. It's equipped with a heat-sensitive "eye" that triggers a battery-powered alarm that protrudes through the side of the box. It's de-signed to hang on a gate post with the "eye" facing toward the other post. When an animal approaches, the alarm is activated and a loud noise scares it away from the opening.
"It lets go with the most awful siren sound you've ever heard - no animal can ever get used to it," says Sid. "The alarm plays a series of six different noises in sequence, from a siren-like sound to a loud beeping. The ĉeye' is designed with a narrow field of view so it can only be activated by animals that are either very close to the gate or are attempting to pass through it. The alarm goes off as long as it senses the animal. After a few exposures animals won't even come near the gate.
"It takes only about a minute to set up and there's nothing on it to adjust - just turn it on and forget about it. When you want to bring cows through the gate you simply switch it off. It works as good or even better than permanently-installed cattle guards and sells for just $225 plus S&H."
A 12-volt DC charger is used to recharge the unit. A charge lasts 2 or more months. The charger sells for $13.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Sid Zinter, Rafter Z. Ranches, 57701 Gooseberry Road, Ione, Oregon 97843 (ph 541 422-7441).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #6