1988 - Volume #12, Issue #5, Page #06[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Gooseneck Chute Works Cattle Without Unhitching"The gooseneck hitch on my home-built chute gives you plenty of room to work cattle without unhitching from your tractor or pickup," says Edwin Schaffner, Mondovi, Wis.
When Schaffner set out to build a chute, he wanted one that would be easy to move around the farm. The trouble with most tow-along chutes, he says, is that you have to unhitch them to have enough room to work.
The gooseneck on Schaffner's chute sets the chute back far enough so there's plenty of room to work around the self-locking gates. Hydraulic hoses run up the gooseneck and back to cylinders on the wheels that set the chute down flat on the ground. Two small tow bars, that run straight back from the tractor to the chute, can be quickly removed by pulling lock pins. Schaffner says they come in handy to direct animals to one side or the other because one or the other of the bars can be left in place.
"The chute is especially handy for moving a springer from the pole shed to the barn. You drive up to the barn, put a neck strap on her and let her out of the chute, removing the tow bar closest to the barn so she has nowhere else to go," says Schaffner, who's used the chute for a year for breeding heifers, vaccinating, and other chores. He also made two lightweight, 7-ft. long gates for directing animals into the chute.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Edwin Schaffner, Rt. 3, Mondovi, Wis. 54755 (ph 715 946-3267).
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