Working Chute and Crowding Tub
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Question: What all is included in the Lakeland WCCT-DX Crowding Tub and Chute Handling System?
Answer: The package consists of the 5ft diameter (10ft long) crowding tub, 2 x 8ft alley sections (total 16ft), a guillotine gate, alley support and anti-back up alley stop.
Question: Is the alley adjustable to stop smaller sheep and goats turning around?
Answer: Yes – the sides can be narrowed on the bottom to help this
Question: How high are the sides of the alley?
Answer: The height is 40” high with drop down top bars which lowers to 32” high for running lambs or smaller animals
Question: Can it be used for calves?
Answer: The system gas been designed specifically for sheep and goats. However, some producers have found it very beneficial for running calves. You need to keep in mind size and temperament of calves as the sides are only 40” high…!
Question: What are the sides made of?
Answer: The traditional steel ‘tin’ sides have now been upgraded to a heavy-duty puck board plastic which makes for added durability and no corrosion. It is also quieter cutting down on the clanging of steel sheeting. The crowding tub portion is still sheeted in steel.
Question: Can the crowding tub be reversed?
Answer: Yes – the system can be configured either way. The crowding door is a revolving design which passes through its own hinge area ready to take in the next load.
Question: What is the piece of formed white plastic puck board in the crowding tub?
Answer: That is a curve to form the crowding tub into a ‘bugle’ design. Animal behaviour research has shown that sheep flow easier around a bugle curve than a sharp right angle turn. This piece of puck board helps with that.
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The Versatility of the Working Chute and Crowding Tub
The crowding tub itself is reversable. No matter what your farm layout looks like, you can set it up to attach to the alleyway from either side.
The swing-and-slide crowding gate swings around very easily, crowding your animals into the tub and alley. Attached to the crowding gate is a sliding bar that moves in and out, which helps prevent your sheep or goat from trying to back out of the tub.
As you crowd your animals into the tub, and they have moved into the alleyway, you can easily reverse slide the swing-and-slide crowding gate outward and start crowding the rest of your flock.
In the crowding tub itself, we have outfitted the center with a quarter-inch curved puck board, which prevents your animals from getting stuck in a corner, funneling all of them toward the alleyway.
Anywhere on the alleyway, you can bolt an anti-backup gate on either side. As your sheep or goat pushes past the gate, it springs back behind them, so they can’t back up.
The 16-foot alleyway is split up into two eight-foot sections with puck board panels on each side. Each panel has a drop bar on top, which you can drop if you need to work on and have easier access to some of your smaller animals in the alleyway. Just like the crowding tub, the alleyway has the same quarter-inch puck board, which can take a beating but is extremely durable.
That being said, Lakeland knows every farm is different, and every farm has different needs. Our Working Chute and Crowding Tub’s unique design allows all sections of the chute to be interchanged. The length of the chute can be extended simply by adding more sections. Guillotines and anti-backups can be inserted anywhere along the chute. This versatile design allows the unit to adapt quickly and efficiently to your operation.
Depending on the size of your animal, you may want to taper the panels to be more narrow or wider at the bottom. This way it makes it harder for some of your smaller animals to get turned around within the alley, while still allowing your bigger rams and ewes to comfortably walk through.
The guillotine drop gate can be attached to the front, middle, or back of the alleyway. It’s a simple pulley system that smoothly moves the drop gate up and down, separating your flock for whenever you need to isolate your animals.
At the front of the unit, you can attach many different Lakeland products, whether it’s the 3-Way Sorter, a weigh scale, an Easy Klamp, or our farm-favorite Deluxe Spin Trim Chute. Its versatility knows no bounds, as some ranchers even like using the Working Chute and Crowding Tub for their smaller calves as well.
It’s an easy system to set up. With a helping hand or two, it takes virtually no time to get it up and running.
Three Reasons for Puck Board Poly Sides on our Alleyways
- Puck board reduces the noise level that you’d normally get with the crashing and banging of steel sides. Since we changed to puck board sides, the whole operation has really quieted down, which has hugely approved the flow of the animals.
- It is moisture resistant and can take a beating without cracking or breaking even in freezing temperatures.
- It is lightweight, so it’s easier for one person to pick up and move around.