We just got back from Ag in Motion in Saskatchewan, and while we were there, we had a father and son ranch duo come and tell us all about their experiences with our NEW squeeze chute and cattle handling system. Enjoy, and when you are done watching, go check out our full line of squeeze chute products yourself!
The father was a rancher who absolutely LOVED our Squeeze Chute system…
… and his son likes it too!
Perry Oliver caught up with us at a different show to talk about his experiences.
Livestock Handling Products – Case Studies
1. A seasoned Canadian cattle producer called up to Lakeland Farm And Ranch Direct, a division of Lakeland Group. He had received our flyer in the Canadian Cattleman Beef Magazine. He thought the equipment looked good – especially the Easy-Catch headgate, but was worried about the cost as well as buying ‘sight unseen’. After assessing his needs, we recommended a tub alley & squeeze chute combo, but due the way his corrals were set up, he wanted all right-hand controls. He also needed the equipment urgently as he was processing cattle the next week. This was no problem to us as we had everything he needed in stock, and after he paid by Visa, we shipped the equipment right to his yard.
The next weekend, a message was left by him on our voicemail:
“I’m just calling to say I ordered & received the crowding tub and Easy-Catch handling system. I set it up yesterday and just wanted to send you guys a bouquet. It is the first time I have owned one of those handling equipment apparatus’ and I want to tell you it is the best money I’ve spent on the farm and wish I’d done it 10 years ago.
It is an absolutely awesome piece of gear – I did all the cattle by myself – no fightin’ with them and no fear of getting hurt. It is just awesome & I don’t know how a guy can operate a cattle farm without this equipment. I just wanted to thank you people & Johnny for selling this to me & telling me the facts without me even seeing it – what he told me was absolutely true. I don’t normally buy ‘sight unseen’ but I did in this case for obvious reasons because of the distance and I am very very happy”
2. A cattle producer from Saskatchewan called up needing a corral solution. She really wanted to be able to buy portable panels & gates that would be strong enough to hook together as a penning system leading up to her portable tub, alley & squeeze. We recommended a portable handling system along with our 10ft galvanized oval rail 6 bar 6ft high panels along with bowgates (gate in a frame) to match. After setting up her system, this is what she told us:
“Those galvanized panels are really something else…you know, I have tried just about every gate & panel on the market and nothing comes close to these panels. The rail is so big that the cattle see a barrier – they know not to mess with them and walk right past them. I have some really wild cattle and I’m fed up with them taking off with the weak gates that I bought from P______M___ round their necks! – I know that will never happen with these ones!
Livestock Handling Products – Testimonials
You guys are amazing! I struggle to get anyone else to ever call back but you guys just keep in touch!
Vancouver Island, BC
Wanted to let you know that I am thrilled with the pivot table for sheep that I purchased from your company. It is easy to operate and easy to move.
It is extremely well thought out from its folding entrance door to its head gate at the exit. I easily fits up against my current handing chute. All the moving parts move easily and smoothly and it so easy to tilt the sheep. Its also nice that they can be stilted on their side on all way over. I was able to worm, trim feed and ear tag all in one sessions. Thanks for much for making a difficult job easy and less stressful for my ewes!
I don’t know how I ever got along with out one.
Sheep Farmer in BC:
Thank you, I received my feeders yesterday and am very pleased with the quality, they are exactly what I needed! The courier called ahead and was excellent to deal with which is a first in my experience with couriers! so I’m super happy with the whole experience.
Thank you for the catalogue, I may order a creep panel, but I have to recover from recent expenses before I can do that.
You made my day more than valentines chocolates could have! I was like a kid at Christmas ripping off the packing LOL
“That chute is my prize possession. I recommend it to anyone who will slow down long enough to listen.
My farm partner has been looking at one of your alleys to attach to the chute. He would be applying to the same state program I used to buy the chute.”
“I wish I had it 30 years ago – I never thought – it’s one of the best things ever built! What I like too is that you people are so interested in helping me – I want to tell you how great you guys are. You can ask my son & my neighbour and they’ll say the same. Send me some flyers & business cards & I’ll get you some business around here.
A Farmer in MB
“The handling system fabulous! – it takes less time to do 200 head than it used to take for 40…
“The squeeze chute is wonderful – everyone wants one now!”
Bragg Creek, AB
I got delivery of the portable handling system [PTAS18RRS] – very timely! I took it straight out to where I calve – kind of inaccessible location where we don’t have proper corrals. I set it up with a few panels and it works just slick! I have to say – that’s one well-built system! I have a lot of work to do vaccinating etc with neighbours so I’ll be showing it off this spring!
“The ol’ girls love the brush oiler – they are a Limousin cross so they have a big tuft of hair on the front – so they’ve all been getting new hairdos!”
Farmer from Tennessee:
“That chute is my prize possession. I recommend it to anyone who will slow down long enough to listen. “
Bruce & Laura Martin Painted River Ranch Edam, Sask:
“We love our new Squeeze!! The vet preg checked 70 cows the other day in 30 minutes, she was able to run the entire chute by herself, ensuring her safety and efficiency! We were really impressed and she loved it. She liked it a lot better than some of the competitors models she worked with. They are in the process of setting up a new large animal facility in Battleford,Sask and are thinking of getting a quick catch also! We ended up having to tag and band some late calves and couldn’t believe how well the chute restrained the little buggers! We had them in the head gate, squeezed tight and the butt bar at the first stopper. Never had any movement at all and some calves were only a month old! Don’t know any other squeeze that restrains these small guys that well!”
Another Sheep Farmer:
“We used our recently purchased sheep tub/chute/catcher combo yesterday and handled 130 sheep and lambs in a couple of hours; it was fantastic. My wife said, ‘Best farming day ever!’
I’m posting some pictures, a review and props for your company on a preparedness website in the “Sheep farming thread” so hopefully it will drive some business your way. I’ll send you the link when I post it.
We couldn’t be more pleased with our purchase…”
A rancher in BC:
“Even though I am from BC, the reason I bought a Lakeland squeeze was simply on the attention to customer service. Just talking to Kelvin and his calls back & forth – there is not another company in this industry that has half the level of customer service as you guys. He always gets back to me sooner than I even need him to…”
A Farmer from Manitoba:
“I’m really impressed with squeeze – It is the Cadillac!”
Farmer from Saskatchewan:
“(Easy-Catch) is the greatest thing I ever bought! I am absolutely top of the world with it! So easy to use, I ran cattle all by myself and with rear control, it’s just slick. It works so much better than I ever imagined – I am stoked and a super happy customer!”
From Tennessee, a customer after buying a squeeze chute:
“We are really enjoying the squeeze chute – everything is wonderful – we have a lot of people through our operation and all have looked at it and are really impressed. Thank you for your outstanding customer service – we really appreciate that!”
Steve from TN:
“We worked 69 cows and calves in a little over three hours through the Easy-Catch squeeze. There were no injuries to the helpers or the cows.
We are very happy customers and would be willing to show it off to folks if it would help you make a sale.
We think we have the best chute in Tennessee and we are very proud of it.”
DP from Virginia:
“We are so pleased with our purchase of our portable handling system; it cuts our working time by at least half. We have recommended Lakeland products to several friends & neighbors. We also appreciate the wonderful service your staff provided during our original purchase, and the numerous calls since, to ensure our satisfaction. Never have we encountered such a conscientious team.”
A farmer in Manitoba:
“We’re very pleased with the (hay) feeders – it has saved a lot of hay – there is nothing lying around on the ground.”
A rancher from North Dakota:
“The service from The Lakeland Farm And Ranch Direct, a division of Lakeland Group goes above and beyond any company we have ever dealt with. Thank you for such great product and service…”
A sheep farmer from Alberta:
“I can’t begin to tell you how happy we are with the Deluxe spin trim chute – it has sure saved our backs!”
A vet clinic in Manitoba:
“We are very happy with the hydraulic squeeze chute. We preg-checked a whole bunch yesterday – the vet was very impressed with how smooth & quiet and quick it was – we are very happy!”
A vet & rancher from Alberta:
“We still have some building to do, but I processed cows through the other day and a couple of bulls that weren’t safe to do in our 60 year old wooden setup.
I am very happy. Especially like the rolling gates, the ability to vaccinate in the alley, and the headgate is fantastic.”
A rancher from Quebec:
“should have done this 30 years ago – you guys are the best people to do business with thank you for your great service”
One from Manitoba:
“I’m very pleased with the alley – very easy to use and to install. It works like a charm. What usually would have taken 5 hours took only 3 hours 20 mins”
Another one from Manitoba:
“I am VERY impressed with the squeeze chute – It is definitely the Cadillac!”
” This is the best squeeze chute I have ever used in my whole life (Hydraulic 1000V)
“The Easy-Catch is awesome – in my opinion it’s the only way to go…”
“the Easy-Catch is fantastic – ran 1000 head – no fight, no fuss, – they just walk right in there & then you pinch them up”
From Northern SK:
“I’m 300% happy with the handling system! Thank you!”
“I remember just being a bit skeptical about buying the Easy-Catch but now I have it, I can run twice as many head through in the same time with any conventional self catch headgate. I really like it. A neighbour came and helped – he had just bought a brand new H___H__ squeeze. He didn’t say nothing for a while and then he became more & more impressed…I think he’s gonna trade it in….”
Vet from Alberta:
“Your system is very good and safe for what we do…”
From Northern BC:
“We have the Easy-Catch headgate & just love it. It’s like a day off compared to the automatic headgates – and quiet too!”
Animal Health Product Testimonials
“calves are coming strong & healthy & up right away which is a sign that your mineral program is working…” SK
“I’m very happy with the cow’s condition and the consumption rate on the tubs is good. I didn’t need to do anything extra – my calves are strong & healthy.”
“Unbelievable tubs – cattle are so content and doing so well, I wish I woulda found out about you 5 yrs ago! Cows have a shine to them. Condition is phenomenal. Your product has stretched my pasture!”
“I’ve been happy with your product; on a cost-to-feed basis it’s most economical!”
“Cows are in really good shape and the calves’ hair coat is really good. I’m tickled with it.”
“Never had any problem calving… no cleaning issues… no complaints!”
“I never opened a bottle of penicillin this spring – it just has to be those mineral tubs”
“Received the tubs early Tuesday AM – now that’s what I call service – great job on getting them to me so fast as the grass is very poor!”
“My cows are in great shape – and that really says something with this drought because our pasture is not in good shape and feed is poor quality and there are a lot of scraggy looking cattle going to the auction barns right now…agreed – it has cost me these tubs but what sort of shape would they be in without them?”
Land Management Products – Case Study
An acreage owner / equine boarding centre in Saskatchewan wanted to re-fence their paddocks and replace their existing ageing wood plank fencing with something stronger and longer lasting. With a large number of visitors attending the facility, she wanted something that was strong, maintenance free & looked good. We at Lakeland specified the Legacy Fence system in 3 rail & 4 rail depending on the location. This is what she said:
“What interested us about your system is the attractive appeal of what the finished fence looks like. The fact it is galvanized & powder coated means that we won’t have to paint it every 2 years and contend with the usual rust problems that you have with steel fencing, or the rot problems you have with wood fence. We wanted the attractive, no maintenance, easy installation that your fencing system has to offer”
Land Management Products – Testimonials
“I chose the Legacy Fence product because of the minimal maintenance required, it’s strength, durability & aesthetics”
A Farmer From BC:
“Absolutely love your (bale) spears, they are the best quality, out of all the brands I have tried… paid $400 for some but they were done in few days, had other ones where the nuts aren’t made for the thread, other ones where I paid $60 for one and they bend on first use! These Lakeland spears are the best, and work the best!”
“Whilst it is a higher initial cost, when you amortize it over 10 years of NO maintenance, it becomes a whole lot less expensive!”
“What I like about the ATV sprayer I purchased from you, is that with the boomless nozzle kit, I can spray right up to the fence lines without worrying about a clumsy boom hitting things”
“My fence is fantastic! It is beautiful, strong, and maintenance free; I only wish I had done my whole ranch with it. I priced many different fencing systems and this fence provided what I really wanted: top of the line materials, a professional look, and something I would never have to worry about with horses or cows. I love my fence.”
“I purchased a beautifully manicured horse facility with two lakes and large oak trees enveloping the property. Running throughout the property were 3 miles of wooden four board fence that needed to be replaced. After spending countless hours researching new fence options, the Legacy 440 fence was simply the obvious choice. Suffce to say, we couldn’t be happier with our 9,404 ft. of new Legacy 440 fence. The combination of strength to survive any future storms, security for our horses and the aesthetic value that it adds to our property makes our Legacy 440 fence the only real option.”
“I bought the fence system, the fence went up so easy that the wife and I put it up ourselves. When I need more fence I will defnitely go with the Legacy 440 fence.”
“After purchasing our horse farm last year, I was faced with the placement of several thousand feet of fve rail fencing. I chose the Legacy 440 product because of the minimal maintenance required, its strength, durability and aesthetics. The fencing looks as good as it functions, and is used in our stalls, riding arenas and pastures. I couldn’t be more pleased, and I’m ordering more. It’s the best that I’ve ever found.”