Different Types of Farm Gates

Oct 20, 2022 | Articles

Farm Gates
Farm gates, together with fencing, play an integral part in the running of a farmstead. In the past, herding was considered the best way to control livestock but now partitioning fields into arable and grazing land is used to minimise constant contact with livestock. Whether used for main or rear entrances, pastures, pens or orchard fields, gates form a staple of farm life.

Controlled Movement Within Fenced-Off Areas

There are many types of farm gates available. Some are there to allow livestock to enter and exit easily, whilst others are meant to stop them from entering at all. They need to hold up to the hardships of the elements as well as be strong enough to contain livestock.

  • Livestock access and gates – They are the most common on farms used to keep livestock in their enclosures and must be able to withstand the pressure caused by livestock pushing against it. The entrance must be large enough for livestock to pass through but not too large that they can escape.
  • Bow or walk-through gates – They are the perfect solution for accessing fenced-in livestock or an equine area. Typically situated next to a larger livestock entrance, they allow farmers to move animals singularly out of an enclosed area.
  • Pedestrian gates – To prevent the unnecessary use of gates, they are placed at a certain height and width within the larger main farm gate to allow pedestrian access to various fields.
  • Field gates – these are your “working horse” gates as they are used by vehicles, people and animals alike. They are mostly situated at the property’s entrances and exits, as well as at various intervals along fences in farms.

The locking mechanisms must be easy to handle in one quick action. Ring and hook locks are standard for livestock and field gates. Spring catch locks are best for pedestrians and bow gates. 

Factors to Consider Before InstallationFarm Gates

When buying or purchasing the materials to install farm gates, keep in mind ease of use, affordability, durability, longevity and aesthetic appeal. Durability and longevity are the most important factors as the farm gates must be able to withstand extended exposure to the elements without warping, breaking, rusting or falling apart.

Chemvet Steel and Fencing offers the farming sector a variety of gates of various sizes and heights. Used together with our stock or field fencing, our farm gates are a formidable barrier.

Importance of Farm Gates in Livestock Management

Having ample grazing land for livestock and arable land for crops is crucial. Sub-dividing fields allow farmers to use one camp at a time promoting the successful growth of vegetation. Farm gates set at various intervals along the fence line allow farmers easy access to any section of the farmland without the risk of livestock escaping.

Funnelling livestock through pens for handling is a mammoth undertaking that needs to be done with minimal stress to the animals. Gates allow handlers to move sections of the herd into separate pens for handling. It also allows the handlers themselves to move quickly and comfortably between the various handling areas. Their placement is crucial as the flow of the herd cannot be restricted.

Understanding the importance of livestock management, Chemvet Steel and Fencing offers the farming sector affordable and customised fencing and gates. Our outstanding service, extensive knowledge and wide product range have established us as the leaders in the industry for over 40 years.

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