The Hi-Hog hydraulic bison chute is designed to safely and efficiently handle bison. This chute has been designed from the ground up to address the distinct structure and behavior of the majestic bison.
|Item #||Description||Weight (lbs)|
|2367||Hydraulic Bison Squeeze Chute with Electric Hydraulic Pump||3700|
|2369||Hydraulic Bison Squeeze Chute with Gas Hydraulic Pump||3700|
This is a big roomy chute designed to accommodate even the largest of bison. And at 3,700 lbs. you know this chute is built to last.
Bison have strong fight-or-flight responses which makes them highly sensitive to perceived threats. This is where good design can make an enormous difference. What bison see, hear, and feel when they approach, enter, and are held in the bison chute will have an impact on how safely and efficiently you can work your stock, as well as how much stress your stock will endure in the process.
Bison are more comfortable in enclosed spaces than in environments where they can see threats all around them. This is why Hi-Hog’s bison chute is enclosed in sheet metal. For further animal comfort, all the metal sheeting has also been caulked to reduce both noise and vibration.
To make the chute less of a threat, both the tail gate and head gate open to the full width of the squeeze chute. The full width opening delivers superior bison flow through the squeeze.
The heavy checker plate floor includes sturdy 1.25” traction bars on thirteen inch centers to ensure your stock feel confident and secure standing on the floor.
The parallel axis squeeze action draws both slightly-tapered sides in, and forward, at the same time, to support and control the bison in a balanced centered position.
The smooth interior reduces bruising and stops stock from climbing the walls.
Some manufactures reduce costs by using open bar ‘crash’ cages (their crash cages are made from metal tubing with no metal sheeting). Bison have little respect for these open cages and will make every effort to simply run through them. This simply results in injuries and heightened stress for your livestock, and damage and wear for your squeeze chute.
Hi-Hog’s head cage is sheeted except for a small front window and two side windows. The windows provide enough light to encourage forward movement but not so much that your bison want to run through it.
The squeeze can be operated from either side and provides three possible exits; forward, left or right.
The side exit panels come with four sheeted drop down panels for easy access to the body, two lift-up sheeted panels for access to the feet, and one full height sheeted shoulder access panel for access to the shoulder.
All latches come with quick locks to safely secure the latches against accidental opening.
The hydraulic controls are mounted on a pivoting arm which provides the operator with access to the controls from any location around the chute.
You have your choice of either an electric or gas powered hydraulic pump. The pump comes with long hydraulic hoses to allow the operator freedom to position the pump away from the chute. This reduces the noise and vibration at the chute which results in less bison hesitation.
In 1996 our operation started with a manual Hi-Hog bison chute. At the time, this chute was probably the most bison friendly, well built chute in the industry.
I used to say, for my health, and "participACTION", I would stay with a manual chute. Well, I was wrong.
We handle a lot of bison for ourselves. We also help and mentor new producers with their bison handling. One of these producers owned Hi-Hog’s hydraulic bison chute. After helping them work their bison for 6 years, and watching their ranch grow from 100 to 2000 head of bison, with no casualties, we knew we could not have done a better job.
With human error, handling bison can be dangerous. For the safety of our bison and our people, we now have a Hi-Hog hydraulic chute too. Well done Hi-Hog. You are a plus for the bison industry.
Additional bison resources from Hi-Hog:
- Sample bison corrals and handling facilities
- Bison corral and handling facility FREE design service
- Bison facilities design guide
- Introduction to bison behavior
- Working the flight zone