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Thread: Cattle self locking yokes

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    oskosh
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    Cattle self locking yokes

    Hi, any ideas on what to buy or not buy, prefer galvanized. Would you use concrete wall or timber below them. The concrete option would keep metal away from dung, but is it worth doing.

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    nh7740
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    Re: Cattle self locking yokes

    We put Bateman yokes in a shed two years ago and they havent bent or buckled an inch.They are on top of a small concrete panel to retain the dung and have been a good buy.

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    muck spreader
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    Re: Cattle self locking yokes

    Don't know how we managed without them. The cows are a lot calmer feeding with no bullying or jostling, cow management is easier. If you are thinking of them for Suckler cows make sure they are the calf safe types. Our yokes have 2 rows of filled blocks below them with the feed pass built up one block. A lot of farm have them here with the main suppliers being Agitubel and Jourdain.

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    yeldarb
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    Re: Cattle self locking yokes

    Quote Originally Posted by muck spreader View Post
    Don't know how we managed without them. The cows are a lot calmer feeding with no bullying or jostling, cow management is easier. If you are thinking of them for Suckler cows make sure they are the calf safe types. Our yokes have 2 rows of filled blocks below them with the feed pass built up one block. A lot of farm have them here with the main suppliers being Agitubel and Jourdain.
    What are the calf safe types, I would be frightened of cows getting necked in them is there a quick release system in case of an emergency.

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    oskosh
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    Re: Cattle self locking yokes

    Thanks for the replies, I have seen the agritubal ones but the blue locking pin seems to bend quite easy, also how do you mean calf safe, is it so calves cant get heads between bars.

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    Sam_TM
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    Re: Cattle self locking yokes

    These look very much like IAE self locking yokes.

    [YOUTUBE]PWYF2dYy1rU[/YOUTUBE]

    The yokes only lock if the top rod is turned & the sliders are 'locked' & can't move. Turning the rod back allows the sliders to move again & the yokes open.

    Wouldn't be without ours. They make worming, blood testing, etc so much easier.

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    muck spreader
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    Re: Cattle self locking yokes

    Yeldarb All the yokes intended (called Cornadis in France) for suckler cows have a loop of metal on the back of the locking bar to stop a calf putting its head through behind the locking bar (difficult to explain) so when the mother puts her head down to feed and the bar moves to the locked position it does not strangle the calf.
    A section 6/7 cows can be released instantly, but you can also release an individual animal. the blue plastic coated locking pins are designed to giveway at a certain level of madness in the cow. If you are working on the cow there is a hole to put a pin in to fix it shut.

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    webber1056
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    Re: Cattle self locking yokes

    Quote Originally Posted by Sam_TM View Post
    These look very much like IAE self locking yokes.

    [YOUTUBE]PWYF2dYy1rU[/YOUTUBE]

    The yokes only lock if the top rod is turned & the sliders are 'locked' & can't move. Turning the rod back allows the sliders to move again & the yokes open.

    Wouldn't be without ours. They make worming, blood testing, etc so much easier.
    those are the ones we have and we wouldn't be without them!

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    Fergieman
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    Re: Cattle self locking yokes

    How easy is it to get all the cows locked in at the same time? (provided there is a space for all cows)
    Do you do it at feeding time?

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    sprocket
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    Re: Cattle self locking yokes

    Quote Originally Posted by Fergieman View Post
    How easy is it to get all the cows locked in at the same time? (provided there is a space for all cows)
    Do you do it at feeding time?
    We find it best to have no silage in front of them. Then sprinkle some nut/barley on the concrete so they have to stetch fully down to lock in.

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    sprocket
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    Re: Cattle self locking yokes

    Quote Originally Posted by oskosh View Post
    Hi, any ideas on what to buy or not buy, prefer galvanized. Would you use concrete wall or timber below them. The concrete option would keep metal away from dung, but is it worth doing.
    Most common up here is locally made that hinges open on to the feed passage. There is about a foot space at the bottom made up with wood battens that can be removed, but we find the cows just step over them.
    If I was having some made now I would go for quick release (in case of cow going down), but unsure as to best off the shelf make,

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    fermerboy
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    Re: Cattle self locking yokes

    Most common round here is Jourdain.

    Bloody good galvanised yoke, slightly stronger than Agritubel, calf safe too.

    Not cheapest option but a fantastic time/labour saver.

    Work best on a scraped passageway so the cattle are at the right height to operate them.
    Height off the cattle floor is crucial.

    Wouldn't build another cattle shed without them.

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    biggles
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    Re: Cattle self locking yokes

    what sort of price do these feed barriers cost.

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    muck spreader
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    Re: Cattle self locking yokes

    Quote Originally Posted by biggles View Post
    what sort of price do these feed barriers cost.
    Over here a 6m (8 heads) panel would be approx 350 depending on the spec and discounts etc.

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    Fergieman
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    Re: Cattle self locking yokes

    Quote Originally Posted by biggles View Post
    what sort of price do these feed barriers cost.
    All in fitted your probally looking at about 75 per cow space.

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    mac956
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    Re: Cattle self locking yokes

    check out Teemoreengineering.com they do a lot of this type of stuff

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    rc mx110
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    Re: Cattle self locking yokes

    Can you tb test the cattle locked in them?

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    Poorbuthappy
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    Re: Cattle self locking yokes

    Yes, plenty do - vets quite like it I think, just working down through the line.

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    barley grower
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    Re: Cattle self locking yokes

    Quote Originally Posted by rc mx110 View Post
    Can you tb test the cattle locked in them?
    yes we did a batch of 60 cows in just over two hours, we just haltered each one in turn. The second inpection took around 20 minutes! Like others have said i wouldn't build another shed without locking yokes, saves a whole lot of stress for man and cattle alike.

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    GRANT@LOUR
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    Re: Cattle self locking yokes

    Quote Originally Posted by fermerboy View Post
    Most common round here is Jourdain.

    Bloody good galvanised yoke, slightly stronger than Agritubel, calf safe too.

    Not cheapest option but a fantastic time/labour saver.

    Work best on a scraped passageway so the cattle are at the right height to operate them.
    Height off the cattle floor is crucial.

    Wouldn't build another cattle shed without them.
    Put in a row of 50 two years back and had the concrete barriers for the bottom from the same place. The cattle court is not scraped but as the cows stand there eating the dung is pushed back away from the yokes so even when the shed has a couple of feet of dung in the middle its only a few inches at the yokes.
    Not ideal I agree but not all sheds are suited to scrapers.

    The first time we weaned calfs by locking in the mothers and running the calfs out the shed any question of cost was forgotten about.

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    Ivor
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    Re: Cattle self locking yokes

    Wilson Ag Self locks:
    http://youtu.be/dYhidSsj7u8

    These are 50 per head space.
    15ft barrier is 7 spaces and 10ft section is 5 spaces.

    More photos here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/wilsona...7624436112984/

    Ivor Davey
    Wilson Agriculture
    02870 868430

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