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Post Portable goat/sheep yards
I think portable goat/sheep yards will be my next project.....anyone know what the measurements between the rails are meant to be (would they be the same as the spacings in hingejoint)? If anyone has photos, diagrams, designs, feedback or anything that can help me build these yards, please let me know :)

If folk are interested I'll update this with photos etc when I actually start building it


Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:45 pm
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Post Re: Portable goat/sheep yards
After seeing the projects you already have on the go, I'm keen to see anything else you put your hand to :thumbright ....even though I'll probably never need or build portable yards :lol: .

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Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:52 pm
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Post Re: Portable goat/sheep yards
Hi markymark - we had 6 sheep panels made up for us - here were my specs for the guy who made them
5 or 6 rails of 20 or 25mm nb heavy duty round bars of hot dipped galvanised pipe with bottom ones more closely spaced
Number of panels 6 - portable
Panels as long as possible - probably no longer than 3.4m each with central supporting vertical bar and curved foot for dragging.
Panels 1.2m high
Attach together by either short drop pin, long drop pin or fixed sliding drop - whatever the easiest or most economical
Can be straight top rather than rounded

He did them as 6 rails - wanted to do square tubing as it is easier/cheaper but I insisted on round. He made a nifty pin system to join them all. What he did which I don't like was ignore the idea of the curved foot. I really needed this for dragging - instead he made a foot which can be pegged to the ground but in practice I don't really think this is necessary as the whole is self supporting even with our bolshi ram who managed to entice our alpaca inside the yard and then shut the gate too so he couldn't share any hay!
We do wish we had eight panels and not the six we asked for as they are so useable. Each one can be carried by one person or I load a couple at a time on a sack trolley for a quicker move.

Good luck!

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Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:50 pm
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Post Re: Portable goat/sheep yards
All i can say is for goat panels make them a little higher...

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Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:59 pm
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Post Re: Portable goat/sheep yards
We found a guy who does yards as well as handling equiptment for a price that basically made it not worth us trying to make them ourselves. He also does sheep handlers that he modified for us to suit the larger dorper and wsh sheep. His original design was based around merinos so the larger meat sheep didnt quite sit in it right.

If you are interested in taking a look at the designs i will PM them to you rather than post the link in here given us being careful not to promote products. :) I know of 3 other people that have purchased his gear since seeing ours in action and i think a couple of people in here have at least looked at his designs.

It might save you a fair bit of time and effort in building the yards but you may be a glutton for project punishment. :)

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Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:12 am
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Post Re: Portable goat/sheep yards
Expedite wrote:
It might save you a fair bit of time and effort in building the yards but you may be a glutton for project punishment. :)


Oh I am a glutton for punishment..but I would most definetly be interested in getting the info from you about this chap please.


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PM Sent :)

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