Working a Bud Box

How to work a Bud Box efficiently

The key design feature of a Bud Box is that the large entry gate is installed with the exit gate attached perpendicular to the latching end of the large entry gate. This design feature takes advantage of two well documented livestock behaviors.

1/ When livestock find their forward path blocked they attempt to return in the direction that they came from.

2/ When livestock move passed a handler they tend to turn and move into the space behind the handler

By recognizing how livestock want to behave we can adjust the way we handle them so that their natural movement matches our planned intentions. In the case of the Bud Box we want the livestock to smoothly and calmly transition from a wide group alley into a narrow single-file alley.

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Continuous Flow

Working a Bud Box

The Bud Box works best if animal movement is kept calm, continuous and fluid. Before you bring livestock into your system you should therefore inspect the entire system to ensure there are no conditions or objects in your system that will distract, stress, or potentially injure your livestock.

Next, before you bring the next batch of animals forward, you should ensure that the system is clear of animals and ready for use. Safe and efficient processing cannot happen if you are forced to hold stock in the Bud Box.

Note: Do not bring more animals forward than you can fit comfortably in the narrow working alley.

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Working a Bud Box

Step One: Ensure the system is ready for your next batch of animals. Calmly work the flight zone to bring a batch of cattle into the Bud Box.

Step Two: Close the sheeted gate behind you. Open the exit gate (if it is not already).

Step Three: Take a position just passed the exit gate into the narrow alley. Remain close to the exit gate and facing the far end of the Bud Box. If the livestock do not turn on their own you can move forward along the fenceline. Do not move into the middle of the pen.

Step Four: As the animals move passed you (the handler) they will turn to move behind you. As they move behind you they will see the exit and flow into the alley. By keeping your back close to the exit the animals will have sort themselves into a single file. This will reduce the likelihood that two animals will wedge themselves into the exit gate.

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Working a Bud Box

Step Five: As the last animal comes in behind you, you can turn and work its flight zone to encourage it to follow its herd mates into the alley.

Step Six: When the last animal enters the alley you can close the rolling door behind it

Step Seven: Open the entry gate to prepare for the next batch of animals. If you are working alone you can proceed to step Eight.

Step Eight: Exit through the side man-gate to continue to work the batch through the alley

Step Nine: Work all of the animals through. Do not hold an animal longer than necessary to do the job as this will only add to the individual animals stress.

Step Ten: When all the animals have been worked return to the lead up alley to gather the next batch of animals.