How to Build Cattle Pen Gates


It is not an easy task for you to build a pen gate for your cattle. You need to put in extra labor to setup the fence, its wire and also the gate that need to be strong enough so that the cattle could not run through the gate. You can also use prefabricated gates or even make your own gate if you have the time and skill to do the job. Another option for penning cattle is by using the electric fence and it is being used by most ranchers where they extend the method used onto their gates because it is inexpensive. Apart from that, it is also an easy manner to control your cattle from wandering off to other places and also keeping unwanted visitors from entering the area.

To build cattle pen gates, you need:

  • Gloves
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • 12 gauge high tensile wire
  • Electric fence gate handle
  • Plastic insulation for 12 gauge wire
  • Fence connector

Building Cattle Pen Gates

How to Build Cattle Pen Gates

  • First thing that you need to do is to move your cattle away to a safe location from the location that you want to build your cattle pen gates
    • Make sure the area is safe and having a good distance from the location that you have decide to raise the gate.

Always ensure that you have already turned off the power to your electric fence before starting to do any related work and make sure to wear your gloves for protection and safety measure.

  • The next step that you need to do is to check and be sure that the two end posts frame the area where you plan to place the gate.
    • By taking this extra measure, you would be able to provide a solid support and also reduce the probability of the cattle breaking through the gate.
  • The next step for you to do is to unwrap the wire from its coil in order for you to straighten the coil.
    • Once finished, you need to wrap the wire around the top of your post.
    • This is to measure how much wire you need to build your pen gates. Ensure that you leave an extra length of the wire at least 8 inches long.
  • After that, you have to take the pliers and then twist the wire at the midpoint area so that you can create a small loop.
    • You must make sure that the loop is large enough to fit your gate handle.
  • In order to cover the wire that wraps around the end post, you need to have insulation
    • Determine how much insulation that you need for the above purpose.
    • When adding the insulation, you need to make it span the boundary of your loop and also make sure that you encircle the post.
    • Remember to leave the ends bare.
  • Next step that you need to do is to twist the wire firmly so that it is secure and fit in nicely
    • Then, you have to attach the bare wires directly onto the fence wire.
    • Or you can also twist the loop’s end and then run an insulated wire taken from the fence into the loop. You need to repeat this method on the opposite end post.
  • You need to repeat the three steps mentioned above according to the number of gate handles that you want to use throughout the post.
    • In the end, you would be able to see small loops that will be electrified on the both side of your posts.
  • Then, you need to hook your gate handle into one of the loop before securing a line of wire at the other end by using the pliers and also your wire cutters.
  • Next step for you to do is to run that wire onto the opposite loop and make sure that you securely attach them.
    • This technique needs to be done for all your gate handles and always make sure that it is strung on firmly so that the cattle would not be able to force their way out through the gate or fence.

Always ensure that all of your wires are tested thoroughly and they are tightly secured.

Always remember that if you want to build cattle pen gates,

  • Make sure you build and maintained the temporary electric gate accordingly and in a proper manner so that the gate would be a reliable option in keeping your cattle safe and secure.
  • You also have to ensure that the lines of your fence are laid and grounded in a proper manner to the power source. If you fail to do so, you might injure your cattle and also yourself.

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