I admit that current cattle guard prices are inflated. If you’ve got a few 16′+ gate openings then take some time to shop prices. When added it all up you can spend a lot of money. Steel cattle guards with widths around 12 to 16′ are priced $2,000 plus shipping. And that’s for the economy graded steel that isn’t engineer rated for any load capacity.
Once you factor in shipping and a concrete footing a 16′ cattle guard can run you a$3,000+.
Having said that once you put a rest to maintaining, opening and closing cattle gates every day all of a sudden its not such a bad price. Opening and closing gates is not only a time waster but a gate usually finds its way open somehow whether out of neglect or one of the kids forgot to secure. The result is wandering livestock.
As I mentioned before cattle guard pricing is directly proportionate to the rating you’re needing. The greater the load capacity your cattle guard needs to support, the higher the load rating you’ll need, which translates to higher prices. Here’s a quick look at steel and concrete cattle guard load ratings along with the average prices most commonly paid. These cattle guard prices are as of November 10, 2012…
HS-10 – This rating often referred to as an “economical” cattle guard. By definition it should support loads of 4 tons or 8,000 lbs/axle if (and only if) the rating is engineer certified. Usually constructed from smaller 2-3.5″ pipe or used stem pipe used on oil rigs. Good for private use. These cattle guard prices are typically $1,400 and up for a 10′ x6′ not including shipping.
HS-15 - This rating offers 12 tons or 24,000 pounds per axle by definition. The rating needs to clearly be engineer certified or you could end up with a rig crashing through it. This does happen more frequently. Usually constructed from smaller 3.5 to 4.5″ pipe. Good for private / light commercial use. These cattle guard prices are typically $1,600 and up for a 10′ x6′ not including shipping.
HS-20 - This popular cattle guard rating comes in at 16 tons or 32,000 pounds per axle by definition. The rating needs to clearly be engineer certified as these applications often call for not only heavier load capacities but more traffic as well. Usually constructed from smaller 4.5 to 5.5″ pipe or better yet reinforced concrete. Excellent for light to moderate commercial use. These cattle guard prices are typically $2,200 and up for a 10′ x6′ not including shipping.
U-54 -25 tons load rating priced at $3,500 plus shipping for 10×8′. For heavy loads and high traffic.
U-80 30 tons load rating priced at $3,700 plus shipping for 10×8′. For heavy loads and high traffic.
The cattle guard pricing represents the minimum you can typically expect to pay. Also, pricing does not include prices for concrete or concrete forms which are typically 50% less.
If you’ve got livestock gate openings that could easily be replaced with cattle guards but you find it confusing on what type or width of cattle guard i.e. cattle gap to purchase then I hope this site will help you along.
I’ve tried a lot of options and through experience and bad judgment I’ve been able to narrow down the best cattle guards for sale on the market today. So, if you’re in the market and would like to contribute for the benefit of the rest of the cattle community than make yourself at home.
After searching cattle guards online for my own cattle farm I was a bit surprised by the prices. I can see why so many attempt and often unsuccessfully or temporarily manage to home make their own cattle guards. But you can’t blame ém as the relief from the burden of maintaining and securing gate openings all day can be draining and a waste of time
Cattle guards for sale online are mostly built from economical or used steel piping. Prices range from 1,500 to 2,500 not including shipping..Most don’t anticipate the time it takes to offload and move cattle guards even if only 10×6′.
Some of the better designed cattle guards in terms of safety come in the form of precast concrete. However, the weight and shipping on these is much worse than steel. If you can find a concrete company that sells precast locally you can often get a decent price for a 12, 14, or 16 footer but again offloading one of these monsters is going to take equipment that can handle over 8k pounds.
If you’re looking for a way to save a bundle on a heavy-duty, concrete cattle guard (and not opposed to putting in a little DIY sweat equity) then cattle guard forms maybe one of the hottest cattle deterrents to get excited about.
This new, poly cattle guard form is engineer designed to be filled with concrete and left in the ground…no flipping or re-using like a typical form.
You simply set it, pour it, and then leave it.
“It sells for 50 percent less than most steel cattle guards and is easy to handle for installation,” says Danny Fox, Cattle Guard Forms, Ocala, Fla. “You just drop the form into a pre-dug hole, pour in concrete, and let it cure.”
Cattle Guard Form Design:
The leave-in-the-ground form is made from poly vinyl and measures 6 by 8 ft. in size and is 12 in. deep. It weighs 150 lbs. There are 9 beams with rectangular holes across the top. Concrete is poured into the holes, filling the beams, which are 3 1/2 in. wide at the top and 5 in. wide at the bottom. Each beam comes pre-installed with 5/8-in. dia. fiberglass reinforcing rods.
There are 5-in. wide gaps between the beams where no concrete is poured.
What adds to the forms strength during the pour are pre-formed blocks of Styrofoam that fill each of the openings (cattle gaps) between each beam preventing concrete from entering during the pour. Just over a cubic yard of concrete is poured over the entire surface of the form. The operator simply rakes any excess concrete off the Styrofoam and into the holes in the beams. As concrete falls into the holes, it naturally flows into the rest of the interconnected beams until all the beams are full. “It takes about a half hour to fill and finish,” says Fox. Once the concrete has cured, the Styrofoam pieces are discarded.
“We wanted to make the process easy, the price economical, and the product super heavy duty,” says Fox. “It’s got patents pending so we’re the only company that makes a poly concrete form, and it has a lot of advantages. With a conventional steel cattle guard you have to dig a footing, pour concrete into it, and then set the steel guard on top of the concrete.
That adds a lot to the cost. You’ll typically pay $2,000 to $5,000 plus $500 shipping for a steel cattle guard, and many of them have no engineered seal to certify the load rating. Compared to steel, concrete cattle guards are stronger and last longer.
“You can buy pre-cast concrete cattle guards but they’re extremely heavy which makes them super expensive to ship, and because of the weight it takes a huge forklift to handle them. Our cattle guard form is designed so that 2 men can pick it up. Also, unlike pre-cast concrete cattle guards our form has pre-installed fiberglass rebar which doesn’t rust and has a much higher tensile strength compared to steel.”
The cattle guard form is engineer certified to deliver an HS-20 load rating, allowing semis, trucks and tractors hauling equipment with loads up to 32,000 lbs. per axle to safely drive over it. “It’ll take a terrific amount of weight,” says Fox.
The cattle guards are for sale on the website can be purchased with adjustable side wings, allowing one 8 by 6-ft. cattle guard to fit gate openings 8 to 12 ft. wide. You can set 2 guards side-by-side for 16 to 20-ft. gate openings.
The cattle guard is around $877 plus $99 S&H anywhere in the lower 48 states.
As seen in Farm Show Magazine Vol. 36, no. 6; November 14, 2012
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup,
Cattleguardforms, 1805 S.E. 16th Ave.,
Ocala, Fla. 34471 ph. (888) 649-9996;