The Evolution of the Q-Catch Cattle Chute
The Q-Catch 86 Series Cattle Chute
The ‘Q’ in Q-Catch stands for “Quick, Quiet, Quality.” These are key features of the Q-Catch 86 Series Cattle Chute that make it the world-renowned manual squeeze chute it is today.
Our Research and Development team spent countless hours working on the design for the Q-Catch 86 Series, taking inspiration from past versions but making it better. By adding a true rubber floor and covering all contact points with poly bushings, they have taken quiet cattle handling to the next level.
A feature present in the Q-Catch 86 Series Cattle Chute that is truly unique from all the past models is the single movable head gate handle. Eliminating the second head gate handle was a big decision that deemed necessary to prioritize safety when operating the head gate. It is far simpler to control just one head gate handle than having to worry about placing the additional one in safety position when not in use.
For more information on the Q-Catch 86 Series Cattle Chute, watch this demo.
The Q-Catch 500 Series Cattle Chute
The Q-Catch 500 Series Cattle Chute was the first to be manufactured with powder-coated steel. Since then, Arrowquip has been using high-quality powder to create a protective finish on all equipment ever since. This method provides ultimate resistance to weather conditions and exposure to UV rays, as well as a long-lasting glossy finish.
One of the biggest updates to this model, which remains unchanged to this day, was the length of the Q-Catch. Elongating the cattle chute from the Q-Catch 400 offers more room in the vet cage for handlers to facilitate task such as Artificial Insemination.
The Q-Catch 400 Series Cattle Chute
The famous Q-Catch silhouette originated from the Q-Catch 400 Series. The overall green color with black access doors, yellow handles, and two rows of red nylon rump fingers are known signs of an Arrowquip cattle chute.
The 400 Series was the first to use a horizontal parallel squeeze instead of an upward lifting squeeze mechanism. The key difference between the two is how well the chute can immobilize the animal. By opting for a horizontal parallel squeeze, the cow is at a lower stress level because its sides are not being raised. The horizontal parallel squeeze also reduces foot traps and is much quieter than the former.
To highlight the importance of constant evolution, it should be known that earlier versions of the Q-Catch 400 did not have a full-length squeeze. In typical Arrowquip fashion, the Q-Catch 400 design was later updated to feature a full-length squeeze that included the vet cage. This modification prevents small calves from turning around in the vet cage, providing more efficiency in an operation.
The Immobilizer, The First Ever Q-Catch Cattle Chute
As the first of its kind, the Immobilizer paved the way for all the Q-Catches succeeding it. With push-pull operation for all handles, only one hand was required to catch and squeeze. This allowed for a quicker and more efficient workflow.
Although many updates have been made since the first Q-Catch, the Immobilizer is still considered a good chute because it did what it was designed to do. As its name implied, handlers were able to stabilize animals and perform operations needed with the Immobilizer.
The Concertina is the predecessor of the Q-Catch Series. Although it may appear similar to a Q-Catch Cattle Chute at first glance, the bulkiness of the Concertina made it difficult to work with. The Concertina had too many moving parts and unnecessary hinge points, making it difficult to see the animal. This problem highlighted the importance of animal accessibility and visibility to the engineers of the first Q-Catch Cattle Chute.
A good lesson to be learned is that there is always room for improvement. Our Founder, Phil Firth, once said “The best cattle chute has not been made yet.” At Arrowquip, we are continuously finding ways to improve livestock handling through innovative cattle equipment. If you have any ideas on how we can make our equipment better, please comment below or connect with us here. We’d love to hear from you!