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Sands Decker was selected to design this unique project involving a specialized facility for the care and handling of cattle and large livestock. Our team included renowned animal behavior expert, Dr. Temple Grandin of Grandin Livestock Handling Systems and Colorado State University.

Using the principles outlined in Dr. Grandin’s book Humane Livestock Handling, we designed a complete system of corral pens with heavy-duty steel fencing, a long-curved wide chute system with crowd pen, and curved narrow chutes leading to a squeeze chute. The squeeze chute allows handlers to hold the cattle still while performing medical procedures, tagging, and other necessary functions while protecting the animal from causing harm to itself. A deep-grooved non-slip floor surface allows hooved animals to gain firm footing, thereby keeping the animals calm. The post and frame building houses the squeeze chute and breeding box.