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Any livestock folks here?
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Fawteen    Posted 08-26-2003 at 11:29:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
My regular butcher, who used to pick up my animals with his own livestock trailer, has retired. I'm now faced with transporting my own animals to my new butcher.

I have an 18' utility trailer that I'm making a "cage" for, so I can set it onto the trailer, bolt it down and use it to transport sheep once a year, then take it off.

My trailer has a two piece full width expanded metal ramp. Folded up and pinned in place, it would make a dandy back door for the cage.

My question is this: Would sheep walk up an expanded metal ramp? It's very small mesh, no problem with their feets falling through.

When we loaded onto the other fellers trailer, we just grabbed the wooly boogers and hefted them up into his trailer. I'd like to use a chute, drive 'em up into the trailer, lift and pin the ramps and be done with it.

Think it'd work?


Jeff in TX    Posted 08-26-2003 at 22:00:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have a cage that my grandfather built several years ago. It has its own back door, and just slides right up on the trailer. We use a standard 16' trailer. Just chain it up on top to a tree and put blocks about 3 foot from the front to hold it up before you pull all the way out. To load it just back up till about a foot is on the trailer, then pull the blocks and back up till you bump the tree. Climb out and undo the chain and put it in front to keep rack from sliding off and your good to go. Hope this helps. JEFF


Clem    Posted 08-26-2003 at 19:04:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can do what a lot of us do, borrow the neighbor's stock trailer.


Fawteen - Strangest thing    Posted 08-27-2003 at 03:09:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was gonna buy one, and I can't find a stock trailer anywhere in the State O' Maine! Well, except for those 40 foot fifthwheel jobbies. Nearest place I could find a stock trailer in the 16 foot range was Massivetwoshutts.

I can't believe there isn't a market for something like that with all us Yuppie hobby farmers around.

Horse trailers is another story, but everybody thinks theirs is worth it's weight in gold.


RayP(MI)    Posted 08-26-2003 at 18:59:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
With our Shetlands, we corner them in the barn/shelter, catch 'em, and drag or carry them to the truck or trailer. Even the biggest are pretty portable!


Sven    Posted 08-26-2003 at 12:13:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
My experience with sheep is that they cannot be herded. We always had to manually throw them in the trailer, no matter how easy we tried to make it for them to just walk in. On the other hand, if you know which sheep is the leader, and throw it in first, then there is no way you will keep the others out of the trailer.
Sheep are very stubborn critters, ya gotta outsmart em.


Les    Posted 08-26-2003 at 11:42:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
How many critters are you going to be transporting at once? Seems like a whole lot of work for something as small as sheep which can be handled way easier than cattle or hogs.


Fawteen    Posted 08-26-2003 at 11:51:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
10 or so, once a year. Just need to do it safely and in one trip. And this is WAY cheaper than a new livestock trailer. So far, I've got about $300 invested in the ideer.


Cindi    Posted 08-26-2003 at 11:35:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have no sheep but I don't know why it wouldn't work. If they are 'force chuted' they should go right on in as long as they have no other alternative. Maybe use some cattle panels and just bottleneck them. If they are like other animals, once the first one goes in, the rest should be easy.


Les    Posted 08-26-2003 at 11:41:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
For some reason, Paul doesn't dare to trust the answers he's getting over on the Tractor Tales board ";^)


Fawteen - Yeah    Posted 08-26-2003 at 11:52:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hard to believe, eh? ":^)


toolman    Posted 08-26-2003 at 13:13:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
and you would belive us ?ok wait gotta go see what germ said again, we must be losing our reputation over here , gonna have to work on that lol.


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