1. Myth: Self-catch head gates are easier to use.

FACT: This is a VERY common myth. While many swear by self-catch head gates, it has come to light in recent years that self-catch head gates are often more challenging for the handler than manual head gates! Livestock who have a negative experience in a self-catch head gate can be very difficult to work in future, and chute-shyness is one of the predominant issues cattle handlers experience in their ranching operations.

Manual head gates are often slighted by the term "Manual". However, recent innovations by forward-thinking manufacturers have made strides in eliminating the hard work which was formerly associated with manual head gates. The new generation of manual head gates are not only far easier to work than their predecessors, they put self-catch head gates to shame!

2. Myth: All locks are created equal.

FACT: Infinite Locks provide optimum security and safety for handling cattle, with the added benefit of being able to lock securely in any position! Locking mechanisms should feature emergency release safety measures, in case of an emergency, and should be designed in a way that will eliminate instances of hip-lock or difficult release.

3. Myth: All cattle chutes provide an equal squeeze.

FACT: The range of the squeeze on a cattle chute varies greatly between different manufacturers! Whether you prefer a parallel or cradle-shaped chute, or a single or dual-sided squeeze, it is best to do your research on the available models and talk to your veterinarian about your top choices before purchasing a new chute.

4. Myth: Cattle chutes have limited points where you can access your cattle. Busted: Innovative design allows greater access to cattle at various locations in the chute, making your job easier and safer.

5. Myth: Side access panels can be open when cattle are entering the chute.

FACT: This is a myth, side access panels, doors, and needle gates should to be closed or fully engaged livestock are entering the squeeze chute for their safety, and the safety of the handlers. (Source: NFACC Beef Cattle Code)


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Dana Charban, Manager of Content Strategies and Journalist for Arrowquip, catching black cow in Q-Catch 86 Series cattle chute

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