The General Hydraulic Chute
The Best Hydraulic Cattle Working Chute for Feedlots and Cattle Farming OperationsReserve my Chute! Get my Quote from Arrowquip
Introducing The General hydraulic cattle chute. Finally, a feedlot quality cattle working chute that can do it all without compromise.
Our team of experienced cattle ranchers and engineers have crafted The General hydraulic chute with incredible attention to detail, reviewing every area meticulously for enhanced performance. Every inch of the chute has been designed with animal science at the forefront for better cattle flow, while providing the access and control you need to get the job done right.
The General is the culmination of 17 years of research, design, testing, and continuous improvement by the Arrowquip Innovations Team, resulting in the most reliable heavy-duty hydraulic chute the industry has ever seen. This chute is ready to take the big numbers of livestock seen in feedlots, and offers the access that cattle farmers need to complete their management tasks day in, and day out.
For your largest livestock, The General opens to a full 31.5" from top to bottom, and has a unique 3-way squeeze design that has never been seen before in the industry. The pivoting swing arm allows you to control the live floor and top-mounted squeeze to move between Parallel, V-Squeeze, or A-Squeeze as needed when processing your cattle from either side of the chute.
UNMATCHED ACCESS. FEEDLOT QUALITY. PROPER FLOW. ENHANCED CONTROL.
THE GENERAL IS READY FOR DUTY.
Why does the cattle industry need The General?
While there are plenty of hydraulic cattle chutes in the industry, there are no options that fully satisfy the needs of cattle producers in all sectors. Arrowquip's resident "Mad Scientist", Steve Langrell, and the Innovations Team have been working on ideas for The General for the last 17 years. The ideas and concept that they came up with formed the basis of The General, a completely unique and never before seen design for cattle producers of all types. Offering every point of access that the rancher needs, paired with the performance that feedlots operators need to manage the big numbers every day. Why The General you ask? Because this chute is designed for you.
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The General far exceeded my expectations. This unit is just - wow. A beast.
- Landon Powe, Rancher -
Their Options are Our Standard
Customization is great, but it also has its downsides when it means waiting for almost a year to see your new equipment hit the ground.
With The General, our team of experts have reviewed the features that cattle producers and feedlots need and combined them to be the best standard model on the market. That means that The General you see on your dealer's lot will have all the bells and whistles you could ask for, no matter where you're looking.
Why should you have to weigh the pros and cons of key features when you can have them as standard? The General comes standard with an XL Palpation Cage, Emergency Side Exit, 8 Drop-Down Access Panels, Split bottom gates, Hydraulic Control Swing Arm, and more, so you can process your cattle the way you need to without sacrifices.
Unique Neck Extender Design
One of the main features of The General is the Neck Extenders. They provide excellent livestock control without interfering with the head catch, an issue that often occurs with other head restraints and stationary neck extenders.
This new design lies completely flat against the head gate when not in use to prevent damage to the eyes that is seen with other cattle head control solutions. The infinite extension allows the Extenders to be used for livestock of any size, and the fine tuned feathering gently elongates the animal's neck to control livestock regardless of head position.
The Neck Extenders provide excellent head control by stretching the neck of the animal to keep them stationary for injections and treatments. The controls are mounted on the pivoting control arm, allowing the operator to engage the Neck Extenders alongside the other hydraulic cattle chute controls to cut down on processing speed.
Unparalleled Cattle Access
Cattle access is an essential part of any operation, but too often the feedlot quality chutes sacrifice access in the name of durability. Unlike the others, The General offers all of the access you could possibly need and more in a heavy-duty hydraulic chute. Offering 8 drop-down access panels, a dedicated pour-on area, split bottom access gates, an XL Vet Cage, and emergency access as standard features, The General takes cattle access to a whole new level.
When it comes to side access, no chute beats The General. The 8 drop-down side access panels are small enough to be left down between animals, and sit flat against the chute to remain out of the way of handlers, while new split bottom access gates allow handlers safe and easy access for semen testing or nursing calves.
In the event of an emergency, the entire side of the chute opens up for handlers to access the animal, and can be closed quickly with the double latch design. Two key design elements were to eliminate a bar on the frame for better branding access on the shoulder, and ensure the XL Vet Cage can be used in any squeeze setting for added flexibility. The XL Vet Cage also has no overhead bars for tall handlers and vets to work livestock without an issue.
All of these access points mean you can access any point of the animal efficiently, safely, and without losing any of the heavy-duty chute construction your operation requires. With The General, you will never have to sacrifice access for sturdiness again.
Three Squeeze Styles in One Cattle Working Chute
The General has a unique floating squeeze track and live floor that allows the handler to choose from three squeeze settings. Each setting has specific benefits, and allows handlers to choose the option that is best suited to handling their cattle for the temperament of the cattle.
Parallel squeeze: The best way to create flow and draw into the chute is with a parallel squeeze. A large true rectangular squeeze provides livestock with plenty of space to enter the chute, and prevents untimely delays. Specifically when working large bulls and pregnant mommas, the chute opens to a full 31.5" from top to bottom to give them the room they need to walk into the chute without hesitation.
V-Squeeze: Often known as the best way to hold cattle, a V-Squeeze supports the lower half of the animal to keep them upright in the chute. A V-Squeeze also conforms to the shape of the animal, which can be beneficial when squeezing large livestock.
A-Squeeze: Unique to Arrowquip, the A-Squeeze offers a unique way to keep cattle from jumping or rearing up as they enter the chute. This is a great option for rowdy livestock, and allows producers to move quickly through other processing tasks.
The General combines all three options in a single chute, providing added flexibility to process livestock in any way you need to, and rotate between options as desired when working a mixed batch of cattle.
The Journey to the General Vlog
The Journey to the General is a vlog that gives you behind the scenes access to the development of The General from initial concept through the first chute coming off the line from production in Fall 2021, and every step of testing our newest cattle working chute in between.
Want to be among the first to bring The General to your operation?
The General has been flying off the shelves since we introduced it to the market in January 2021. If you're ready to bring The General to your operation, reserve your chute to get the next one off the line with a $250 deposit.
- Interlocking steel frame ensures the structural integrity of the unit, with a significant increase in strength over standard welds
- Massive 5/8 plate gussets further enhance strength of the frame
- Heavy-duty Delrin Rollers on Head Gate, Tail Gate, and Squeeze
- Head Gate track built with 5/16 plate steel for enhanced strength
- Rubber Cushions on the Head Gate help eliminate bruising on the shoulders
- Strongest curtain-style Head Gate doors in the industry
- 3E Head Gate and Tail Gate allow cattle to see more light for better flow
- Steel floor pans topped with highly durable rubber floors
- Hydraulic controls mounted on the pivoting swing arm
- Top-mounted cylinders are easy to access
- Completely eliminated linkages to reduce wear points
- All parts that may wear are easily replaceable with bolt-on parts
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From the Media
Originally published: January 13, 2021 (Farm Progress)
"Arrowquip launches The General, designed for bigger operations with the ability to process a lot of cattle..."
Originally published: January 13, 2021 (Beef Magazine)
"Processing cattle is a time-consuming and sometimes dangerous chore. The advent of the cattle chute has made the job easier, and in many ways safer..."
Originally published: November 23, 2020 (AgDaily)
"For the last seventeen years, Arrowquip has been researching, testing, and developing the ideas that have come to life in its new cattle-chute offering called The General..."
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