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State-Of-The-Art Portable Corral
"It has more capacity and is more versatile than any other portable corral on the market. One person can set it up in only about 10 minutes without any lifting," says John McDonald about his new state-of-the-art portable corral. It can be set up in more than 20 different configurations, and is designed to pull down the road behind a pickup or tractor at speeds up to 55 mph.
  The corral is 128 ft. long when open and consists of ten 20-ft. panels and one 13-ft. panel. When folded for transport, the corral measures only 25 ft. long and 8 ft. wide. There are "man pass" gates at each corner - five in all - so you never have to climb out of the corral.
  A hydraulic jack, operated by a self-contained power unit, is used to raise and lower the main frame of the corral. Once the frame is in place on the ground, you set up the corral. To do that you simply unchain the panels - which are on wheels - and pull them out. A unique pinning system allows the panels to fold back flush to each other without unpinning from one another.
  "It works great for ranchers who rent grass or wheat ground because they don't want to spend a lot of money on a permanent corral," says McDonald. "Such ranchers usually set up 25 to 30 panels, tie them together, and connect them to a loading chute. The whole process can take an hour. One man can set up our corral in minutes and there are no posts, chains, cables or wires to handle.
  "The design lets you quickly convert from one large pen for catching cattle, to three pens for sorting," says McDonald. "Another advantage is that you can drive through the entire system with a dually pickup loaded with a round bale. With other portable corrals, you have to turn around and go back out the same way you came in, which can scare animals away."
  The standard model holds up to 200 head of 700 to 800-lb. cattle. Prices start at about $8,000.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Rawhide Portable Corral, 500 N.E. 14th, Abilene Kan. 67410 (ph 785 263-3436 or 785 479-1331; email: mcdonald@ikansas.com; website: www.rawhideportablecorral.com).

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2004 - Volume #28, Issue #5