Purchasing sheep and goat handling equipment can be a daunting task for first-timers. There are so many factors to consider and so many decisions to make that it can make your head spin.
The good news is, that we’re here to help you make the right choice with our new guide to choosing the sheep and goat handling equipment package that fits your farm and your budget
Why You Need a Goat and Sheep Handling Equipment Package
You need livestock handling equipment on your small farm for many reasons. Perhaps the most important reason is to help you safely and efficiently move your animals, especially if you have many animals that need moving frequently.
Purchasing sheep and goat handling equipment in a package (rather than one piece at a time) can save you both money and time spent researching the perfect equipment pieces.
Buying a bundle will also ensure that your livestock handling equipment fits together because it comes from the same manufacturer.
What Goat and Sheep Handling Equipment Do You Need?
There is a wide range of goat and sheep handling equipment, from simple halters and lead ropes to complex chutes and pens. The type of equipment you’ll purchase will depend on the size and number of animals you plan to keep and your budget.
In general, for a tiny herd of goats or sheep, a few basic halters and lead ropes should be sufficient. But, if you’re planning to keep a large number of animals, or if you want to handle them more easily, you may want to invest in equipment that helps you control them efficiently and safely.
Chutes and pens allow you to control the movement of the animals and make it easier to catch and transport them.
Whatever equipment you choose, be sure to get something durable and easy to use. Nothing is worse than trying to handle a frightened animal with equipment that is difficult to use.
Lakeland Farm and Ranch Sheep and Goat Handling Package Options
At Lakeland Farm and Ranch, we have a variety of handling packages perfect for any size operation, whether you’re a well-established farm or just starting up.
We have everything you need to build a safe and efficient farm, including handling systems, crowding tubs, fencing, and more.
Our versatile packages can accommodate any number of animals and tasks, such as vaccinating, shearing, hoof trimming, and trenching.
Read on to learn about the differences between our handling packages.
Sheep and Goat Handling Package SG50 (Perfect for Beginners)
This package is a perfect starter system for small farms or an operation that needs an add-on chute and a few extra panels.
The Deluxe Spin Trim Chute is an essential piece of equipment for any sheep or goat rancher, as it makes ranching tasks easier for you and your animals.
It’s the premium sheep and goat handler that adds versatility and efficiency to your operation.
No system is complete without the Spin Trim Chute. And with the SG50, you can start small and add on as you grow. To get you started, we also include six easy panels to keep your livestock in one place as you work.
Sheep and Goat Handling Package SG100 (Get More Control)
Like Lakeland’s SG50 package, the SG100 also includes the Spin Trim Chute (clearly a must-have for every goat and sheep farmer). But instead of the six panels, this package contains the Working Chute and Crowding Tub with an anti-backup gate and guillotine drop gate.
These four components make the SG100 package ideal for medium to large operations. It’s also perfect for the small farmer looking for more organization (and less chaos) in their day-to-day animal handling routines.
Sheep and Goat Handling Package SG200 (Level Up)
If you’re ready to level up your goat and sheep handling systems, then the next step is the SG200. This system takes everything from the SG100 and adds the 3-way sorter and 13 (total) Easy Panels to set up in any arrangement needed.
With the addition of the 3-way sorter, you can send your livestock forward, left, or right into pens and pastures based on your current needs. It’s perfect for triaging your animals and sorting for further care on the fly.
Sheep and Goat Handling Package SG300 (Go Premium)
Ready to go all out? The SG300 is Lakeland’s premium system…think all the bells and whistles.
With the SG300, you’re getting everything in the SG200 package plus the Sheep and Goat Weigh Scale, so you’ll know what your animals weigh before you treat them in the Spin Trim Shoot.
The SG300 also comes with an additional 7 Easy Panels (20 total) to round out your sorting operation (and use as temp pens on the go!).
Choosing between different sheep and goat handling equipment packages can be complicated, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the different types of equipment available.
But we hope that this guide has helped you better understand how to choose a sheep and goat handling equipment package that is right for you and your farm.
And if you have any questions or concerns about our handling equipment packages, please reach out. We’re always happy to help!