1. MythAll crushes have the same features

FACT: There are different design features you need to review before purchasing a crush. These include the yoke gate and latching system, protruding handles and levers, squeeze system, side exit, general or overall construction, options and yoke gate style. (Arkansas Extension).

2. MythThe width of the crush is the same no matter which crush I use

FACT: Busted by Tennessee Extension, a curved crush can have extra width. The height will also vary slightly depending on your breed of cattle.

3. Myth: Yoke gates and cattle crushes provide similar restraint

FACT: Actually, a squeeze crush provides greater control over the animal. (Ohio State Extension).

4. MythI can build a yoke gate, and it will work as well as one I can purchase

FACT: Home made, wooden, and purchased guillotine-style gates are dangerous. The safest and most efficient choices are heavy-duty, adjustable, walk-through, self-catching or scissor-type steel yoke gates. Handles should be out of your way, and the yoke gate should catch cattle by the side of the neck to minimize choking.  (Dr. Larry W. Olsen).

5. Myth: Hydraulic crushes are only for large operations. 

FACT: With a hydraulic crush, you can make a better experience for the cattle with quieter equipment and a more efficient system for you and your employees. 


Originally published on arrowquip.com.