This month I thought I’d focus on a few questions that I often get asked about our range of headbails. I hope they help, if you’ve got more questions then feel free to get in touch for a yarn.
What headbail suits me?
We have four different models of headbail in our line up. These are our Standard headbail, Heavy Duty headbail, Ultimate headbail and Highland headbail - I’ll explain them all briefly.
Standard headbail - is suited to smaller or quiet animals, it is popular with dairy farmers for run offs and dairy sheds and lifestyle farmers.
Heavy duty - exactly as the name suggests, this is heavy duty! Aimed at the serious farmer that doesn't want to spend a fortune on their headbail, great if you have big bulls or stropy steers, but as the design is based on our standard headbail it will also work with smaller cattle.
Ultimate headbail - this is our walk through model. Great if you are a big operation, working with large numbers of cattle or use your yards frequently. These headbails really speed up you cattle work and make handling easier.
Highland headbail - this is designed for highland and other horned cattle. This is a walk through design and can also handle non-horned animals.
What comes included with my headbail?
All our headbails come with a fitting kit, this includes everything you need to fit it to your existing or new yards. They also includes detailed installation instructions.
How do I install my headbail?
Standard and Heavy Duty headbails are easily installed in only a few minutes. These operate like a gate, so they are mounted to standard gate gudgeons and our latch is screwed into the post, then run the rope to behind the bail and tie it off.
Our Ultimate and Highland headbail are simply bolted to your existing posts with the supplied bolts.
How do I operate my headbail?
Our Standard and Heavy Duty headbails are supplied with a rope, so they can be operated from behind or in front of the animal. The headbail is opened by lifting up the ratchet bar.
The Highland headbail is operated by lifting the handle up to release the catch and bringing it down to secure the animal.
The Ultimate headbail is simply operated by moving the handle down to close and up to open, this headbail has a automatic lock and release mechanism.
Got some more headbail questions? Leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer them.
DIY advice for lifestylers, written by Kiwi Cattle Yards owner, Euan Seymour.