Calving maternity pen with center mounted self-catch head gate provides unmatched accessiblity in a stable pen structure.
Safe and Efficient Calving Pen
- The self-catch calving pen head gate with adjustable stanchions is centered in the front panel to provide unmatched access to the cow. The centered position of the cow offers excellent access to either side which is particularly good when you are trying to get twins to suck, or if you’re trying to milk out on one side while a calf sucks on the other side
- The convenient handler gates on either side of the head gate come with self-locking plunger latches for quick secure access
- Livestock aren’t tempted to test the heavy duty 66” high side panels
- Like the trimming chute, the calving enclosure comes with split side panels mounted to the front calving enclosure frame. These panels can be swung out to the sides of the enclosure to assist in catching the cow. The split panels will hit the sides at an angle leaving a safe zone at the front of the enclosure for the handler
- Folding braces allow you to swing the split panels in beside the animal and lock them securely in position for maximum animal control
- Two ¼” x 48” chains with quick links are included to allow you to anchor to any of the four split panels. Attach the chains end-to-end to lengthen the chain when required
- When calving is over you can easily remove the split panels to create a 10’ x 10’ pen. The overall enclosure size including front extensions is 10’ wide x 12’ long x 66″ high. The side panels extend 2’ beyond the head gate for superior stability.
- The rear frame with gate is only 7’ tall so it will fit in most barns
The Auto Catch Calving Head Gate
This heavy duty self-catch head gate, which is standard equipment on our calving/trimming chute and Calving Enclosure, can also be bolted to a set of posts.
The economical calving head gate has many of the same features as our heavy duty self-catch Parallel Axis Squeeze head gate. Unlike the Parallel Axis cattle squeeze head gate this head gate does not include sheet metal side guards or a head-tie-down chain. Both the head gate handle and the width adjustment drop pins are simplified.
Like the PA cattle squeeze head gate the calving head gate will open fully, both in and out of the calving chute. This eliminates the threat of hip lock found with other head gates.
Calving Barn Design :Learn more about how to integrate your Hi-Hog calving enclosure into your calving barn design.
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I bought a Hi-Hog calving enclosure because the head gate is located in the center of the pen with a split gate on each side. I really like the head gate in the center especially for trying to get calves to suck or milking a cow out. I also think it is easier to pull a calf, or, if a cow happens to go down on you. My vets have also said that they prefer this set up to one with the head gate on the side. I have had this pen for thirteen years now and while it seemed like a lot of money initially I would not be without it now. I have used this to breed a lot of cows and for other jobs and have even put mature cows in it and dehorned them and worked on big bulls without doing any damage to the pen and have never had an animal move it any noticeable amount.
Comment from Steerplanet.com web forum
Calving Enclosure Parts
Auto Head Gate, Item 110
This heavy duty self-catch head gate, which is standard equipment in our Calving/Trimming chute and Calving Enclosure, can also be bolted to a set of posts.
The economical calving head gate has many of the same features as our heavy duty Automatic PA cattle squeeze head gate. Unlike the PA cattle squeeze head gate this head gate does not include sheet metal side guards or a head-tie-down chain. Both the head gate handle and the width adjustment drop pins are simplified.
Like the PA cattle squeeze head gate the calving head gate will open fully both in and out of the chute. This eliminates the threat of hip lock found with other head gates.
Front Calving Enclosure Frame, Item 1145
Unlike most calving enclosure frames the Hi-Hog front frame centers the head gate in the pen. This positioning offers unrestricted access to all parts of the cow. This is valuable for both vets and calves. The frame comes with a man gate on either side of the head gate. Each man gate comes with slam latch plungers latches.
Item No. 1145 – Front Frame for calving enclosure
66" high side panels with stability extension, Items 1150, 1151
The heavy duty side panels for the calving enclosure are 12′ long and 66″ high. The head gate frame for the calving enclosure is attached to the panel at the 10′ mark with 2′ of panel extending beyond the head gate. These two extra feet provide stability to the enclosure so that it will not tip forward when the cow enters the head gate. The six rails on the panel are spaced closer at the bottom to keep young calves contained.
Item 1150 – Left Hand Side Panel for calving enclosure
Item 1151 – Right Hand Side Panel for calving enclosure
Bottom Split Panels, Items 1171, 1176
The bottom split panels for the calving enclosure come with pins welded to the hinge end which allow them to be removed quickly and easily from the front calving enclosure frame. The bottom half of the back of the panel has been removed to safeguard against the cow stepping on the panel and injuring herself or damaging the chute. The back end of both panels come with a sleeve which allows the top split panels to pin securely to the bottom split panels. The bottom left panel includes a chain which can be used to span behind the cow and drop into the chain latch on the bottom right panel.
Item 1171 – Left Hand bottom split panel, comes with securing chain
Item 1176 – Right Hand bottom split panel
Top Split Panels, Items 1170, 1175
The top split panels for the calving enclosure come with pins welded to the hinge end which allow them to be removed quickly and easily from the front calving enclosure frame. The back end of both panels come with a drop pin which allows the top split panels to pin securely to the bottom split panels. The top left panel includes a chain which can be used to span behind the cow and drop into the chain latch on the top right panel. The folding braces attach to the top split panels to secure the split panels in position.
Item 1170 – Left Hand top split panel, comes with securing chain
Item 1175 – Right Hand top split panel
Folding Brace for calving enclosure, Item 1180
The folding braces tie the top split panels to the front frame of the chute. The pin and collar connection enables you to quickly un-pin the brace from the split panel and swing it safely and conveniently out of your way. When attached the hinged design allows for unrestricted movement of your split panels. When the split panel is aligned with the cow in the head gate simply slide the heavy duty sleeve forward to lock the split panel in position.
Item No. 1180 – Folding Brace
Rear frame and gate for calving chute, Item 1160
The frame on the rear gate is 7′ high so it will fit in most barns. In fact this frame and gate are often used by ranchers where standard 8′ frame and gates won’t fit. The gate height on this frame & gate is 66″ high, the same height as the side panels. The six rails on the gate are spaced closer at the bottom to keep young calves contained. The frame is reinforced with gussets to keep the plunger latch and striker plate aligned. The connectors used on the panels and the frame and gate are mounted at our standard height so they will tie seamlessly in with any panels in our product line.
Item 1160 – Frame and Gate for calving enclosure
Optional Skid Platform, Item 1146
For isolated set-ups where additional stability may be required we offer an optional skid platform.
|Item #||Description||Weight (lbs)|
|1130||Standard Calving Enclosure - Complete||1110|
|110||Self-catch Calving head gate||248|
|1145||Calving Enclosure - Front Frame||221|
|1150||12' Left Side Panel||115|
|1151||12' Right Side Panel||115|
|1170||Split Panel - Top Left||52|
|1175||Split Panel - Top Right||51|
|1171||Split Panel - Bottom Left||42|
|1176||Split Panel - Bottom Right||40|
|1160||Calving Frame with Gate||198|
|1146||Optional Skid Frame||75|