About Cattle Crush
A cattle crush (also known as a squeeze chute or standing stock) is a strongly constructed cage for safely containing animals as they are inspected, marked or treated by farmers, vets or other officials. By doing so, they also provide protection for those handling the animals. Despite the name, they can also be used for horses and other livestock.
Crushes come in various sizes and configurations to meet a variety of specific needs. Close-fitting or single crushes are often used to keep an animal still and you might also use them when a cow is suckling a calf. Most, but not all, crushes are manufactured from standard welded heavy steel pipe (often galvanised for rust protection) or doubly-symmetric oval tubing with increased bend strength which can help prevent bruising.
You will be able to locate both permanently-sited and fully-mobile cattle crushes – although many should be described as semi-permanent and be moved only occasionally, depending on need. When selecting your model you might also look for other important features such as a non-slip, checker-plate or wooden flooring, back gate, head clamp and others.
Some models will feature a suspended weighing system, or can be used for specific tasks – such as foot trimming. Others will have excellent safety features such as a head gate or neck yoke, belly or leg straps and harnesses. An inward and outward opening yoke is also available – set inwards this will help prevent any accidental run through by the animals.
You will find complete working models, others which might provide a useful back-up to your current cattle crush, and some which will offer a valuable source of spare parts.