About Sheep Hurdles
Hurdles offer a means of quick, temporary containment of sheep, and are especially useful when configured into a race and holding pen system for administering drenches, health checking and pregnancy testing.
The ability to adapt sheep hurdles into individual square pens or into larger hexagonal holding pens makes them an ideal system for use on farms and smallholdings. Being easily transported on trailers means hurdles can be taken out into the fields when needed, and are essential at lambing time, when they can be used inside lambing sheds or out in the fields.
Sheep hurdles may be of timber or metal construction, and are made in 4ft, 5ft, 6ft and 8ft lengths. Most hurdles are 3ft high, but if used for containing pygmy goats or alpacas, hurdles may be up to 4ft 6ins high. Timber hurdles are usually tanalised or weatherproofed and, as they have less of a gap between rails than metal hurdles, are well suited for lambing pens. Metal hurdles are usually tubular and have up to seven rails, with reduced spacing on the lower rungs for security. Special hurdles for holding lambs have mesh on the lower portion to prevent escapes. Metal hurdles are usually galvanised to prevent rusting and reduce maintenance, but may be of painted steel.
Manufacturers use several ways of interlocking sheep hurdles. A drop pin dual-fixing system is often used which helps keep the separate hurdles upright, or a D loop system may be used to interlock. Plain hurdles without fixings will need to have locking posts on each corner. Sheep hurdles are available to buy new direct from the manufacturer, or second-hand. Used sheep hurdles keep their value well, and are especially in demand as the lambing season approaches.