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Easy-To-Move “Bale Bed” Cattle Chute
When Terry Kudlock needs to haul cattle from one pasture to another, his EZ Load Chute makes it fast and easy. A fourth generation South Dakota rancher, Kudlock hauls cattle to pastures up to 50 miles from his home base. He sees wheeled chutes as just another problem waiting to happen, from flat tires to bad bearings, often having to be towed at reduced speeds. Using his bale bed, he can pick up his chute and go at road speed.
“Wheeled chutes are more expensive and slower to move,” says Kudlock. “Our EZ Load Chute can be picked up by a common bale bed and hauled to where it is needed. It’s faster to move and faster to set up. Set it down on its legs and it’s ready to go.”
Kudlock and his son Brandon worked on the bale bed chute for close to 3 years. The chute is built to handle the stress of moving from one location to another, as well as the stress of loading large cattle. The undercarriage and legs are made from Schedule 40 steel tubing. The frame is all 1/4-in. tubing, and the floor is wood with steel cleats. A pin system for bale bed arms to grab is easily adjustable to match the arms. Likewise, the legs are adjustable to match the height of the livestock truck or trailer bed being loaded.
“We went with wood because it is quieter and less costly,” says Kudlock. “The solid sides prevent cattle from seeing people alongside. Over the years on the ranch, we have seen what works and incorporated that into the chute.”
The chute is designed for simplicity and ease of use, adds Kudlock. “We’re cattlemen,” he says. “We made it the way we wanted to be able to use it.”
Kudlock and his son are marketing the EZ Load Chute from their ranch. They have it priced at $3,500.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, EZ Load Chute, 10605 3V Rd., Belle Fourche, S. Dak. 57717 (ph 605 210-0813 or 605 892-5866; belleriveroutfitters@gmail.com; www.ezloadchute.com).

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