The Springfield 'Gate Stop' Innovation

Updated: Aug 19

Clever ideas and innovations that have been incorporated into day-to-day feedlot operations have been entered into the ALFA Award for Innovation 2021, proudly supported by Integrated Animal Production (IAP).


The winner and runner-up will be determined by popular vote and announced at the feedlot industry’s premier technical conference, SmartBeef 2021 taking place at Dalby, Qld on October 19 – 21.


To vote for this entry, simply click the 'heart' button at the bottom right of this page. The innovation with the most votes wins, the second highest voted innovation will be named the runner-up. Voting closes 3pm, 20 October.



GATE STOP


What's the issue/challenge?

On windy days, working with double gates can be a challenge on horseback. Often by the time the second gate is gathered, the first gate has swung open again. We needed a method of preventing gates from been moved that was easy to use on horseback.


How does the innovation/idea work?

A 1.6m long metal rod is hung in the end of each gate. When not in use, the rod is simply lifted and hooked up on the end of the gate. The rod is extended beyond the top of the gate to reduce the need to bend over from the saddle. When the gate is swung to the closed position, the rod is unhooked and dropped to peg gate in position and allow the second gate to be gathered to close.


Cost of Innovation:

1.6m long, 7mm diameter rod with welded hook, $23 each.


Enter your innovation/idea into the ALFA Award for Innovation 2021 for your chance to win prize money, and bragging rights! Entries close 1 September 2021 and can be submitted at https://www.feedlots.com.au/innovator.



With thanks to our long-term supporter of this award, Integrated Animal Production (IAP)



WANT TO VOTE FOR THIS ENTRY?

To vote for this entry, simply click the 'heart' button at the bottom right of this page. The innovation with the most votes wins, the second highest voted innovation will be named the runner-up. Voting closes 3pm, 20 October.

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