The value of a safe, reliable and efficient crowding tub should not be overlooked. The crowding tub is critical to the overall efficiency of the handling system yet many crowding tubs fail to consider the challenges of the working tub environment. The crowding tub is often filled with anxious livestock and the ground is often slippery and uneven. This creates a dangerous environment both to your livestock and to you the handler.

For this reason Hi-Hog’s heavy duty tub spreaders run overhead rather than on the ground. Pipes or flat steel ground braces create foot traps for your livestock and tripping hazards for the handler. To eliminate foot traps Hi-Hog also extends the curved tub panels all the way to the ground. For better control the tub panels are 66” high. On occasion livestock sometimes get their feet up on the top rail. This is why the top horizontal rail extends to the overhead tub spreader to ensure legs don’t drop down in between the panels. Calm livestock are easier and safer to work. This is why Hi-Hog caulks the sheet metal tub panels to minimize noise.

The drawings at left show the parts required to create three different sizes of cattle crowding tubs with the 9′-3″ panel.

  • The three section tub will redirect the cattle approximately 90°

  • The two section tub will redirect the cattle approximately 60°

  • The one section tub will redirect the cattle approximately 30°

Please note that overfilling the tub will slow down your processing. A good handling system design will ensure the livestock can see clearly one body length into the alley that the crowding tub is feeding. To maximize efficiency and minimize stress allow enough room for your livestock to turn so they can find the alley and ensure your first section of alley is clearly visible from the perspective of your livestock from inside the crowding tub.

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