Item Number: Calving Head Gate #110

Hi-Hog’s reliable and efficient self-catch calving head gate stanchion lets the animal catch itself so you can use your time to work the animal (rather than the head gate).

This head gate is included on both our calving enclosure and our calving/trimming chute.

Cattle Equipment - Calving Trimming Chute - Head Gate

Self-Catch Calving Head Gate

Simple, reliable, safe and efficient self-catch head gate stanchion.

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The calving head gate is a simplified version of our highly-regarded self-catch squeeze chute head gate. The core mechanics remain the same so you can quickly set, catch and release your livestock.

Ease of Operation
Before you begin working your animals you will want to set the neck opening on the stanchions for the size of cattle you will be handling. Quick adjust plungers on the top and bottom of the head gate make it possible to adjust the calving head gate opening on the fly (no tools required). The three available stanchion openings are 5”, 7.75” and 10.5” in width.


Cattle Handling Equipment - Calving Trimming Chute Head Gate

Limiter chain (red) set for self-catch


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The self-catch position is quickly and easily set with the simple limiter chain (shown in red for clarity). Simply push the head gate inward to the opening width that you wish, then draw the limiter chain in behind the head gate doors and latch the chain securely in the slotted key-lock bracket.

When you’re ready to release your animal from the calving head gate simply push the release handle in the direction your animals want to go. 

  • If your animal is pushing on the head gate push the handle forward and your animal will push the head gate open to the width of the chute.
  • If your animal is pulling than you release the limiter change and push the release handle towards the back of the chute. The head gate will swing fully into the chute providing your animal with an unobstructed exit (as long as your approach alley does not interfere with the head gate swing).

If you’re installing the calving head gate be aware that the bottom fasteners run vertically while the top fasteners run horizontally. The fasteners are on 36” centers.

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  • All primary pivot points come with grease fittings
  • All fittings are pre-greased at the factory with arctic grade lubricant
  • The same heavy duty timing chains as on our parallel axis squeeze chute.

Quality Construction

  • Heavy Duty construction
  • Polyester powder coat finish
  • High visibility, high grip handles

Low Stress design for the safety and comfort of your livestock

The foundation of all of Hi-Hog’s livestock equipment designs begins by ensuring the comfort and safety of your livestock. Livestock that are calm can be worked more efficiently and with less risk to both your animals and those working the cattle handling equipment. Animals that can be worked calmly have also been shown to return to feed faster resulting in better weight gains and less risk of injury or illness.

Here are some of the steps we have taken to protect and calm your livestock:

  • The head gate will swing in or out to the full width of the squeeze chute minimizing the risk of hip-lock and providing your livestock with a clear, non-threatening, passage through the head gate
  • The stanchion narrows above 48” but remain parallel below this height

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Built in safety features

The bottleneck in the stanchion prevents your livestock from throwing their heads up into the latching mechanism. Additionally, the stanchions also include two safety guards just above the bottle neck. These guards protect the locking plates from being accidentally released by a horn

Self-Catch Head Gate for Calving/Trimming Chute or Calving Enclosure

  • Item Number 110
  • Item Weight 248 Lbs
  • Outside Height 77"
  • Inside Height (Clear) 68”
  • Outside Width including Handles 50”
  • Outside Width of Head Gate Frame Only 39”
  • Centers on Mounting Bolts 36”
  • Stanchion Inside Width Adjustments 5”, 7.75”, 10.5”

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Alternate Terms:

  • Head Gate: head bail, yoke, stanchion
  • Self-catch: self-locking, auto-catch