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“BEEFMASTER II”. Joe Biggerstaff William Ryan Haar Matt Kilker Taylor Miller. CAS Design Group Assignment. Custom Agricultural Solutions (CAS) has been assigned with the task of improving the design of a manually operated cattle chute. . Current Issues Testing and Operation

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Joe Biggerstaff William Ryan Haar

Matt Kilker Taylor Miller

Cas design group assignment
CAS Design Group Assignment

Custom Agricultural Solutions (CAS) has been assigned with the task of improving the design of a manually operated cattle chute.


Current Issues

Testing and Operation

Patent and Literature Research

Design Criteria

Concept Design

Cost Analysis

Future Plans


Squeeze mechanism issues

One Sided Squeeze

Misalignment of Cattle

One Sided Control

Emergency Exit Reliability

Noise Reduction

Squeeze Panels Centerline

Headgate Centerline

Squeeze Mechanism Issues

Head gate issues

Unreliable Latch

Unable to Open Front Latch by Itself

One Sided Control

Head Gate Issues

Tailgate issues

Operator Lifting Force

Hanging Rope

Noise Reduction

Tailgate Issues

Miscellaneous issues

Rumbar Floor

Metal on Metal Contact

Yoke Trailer

Dimensions of Chute

Miscellaneous Issues

Testing and observations

Interviewed Ranchers Across Oklahoma

Learned Customers Needs

Operated Six Year Old Chute

Analyzed Chute Size

Testing and Observations



Head Catch


Breast Plate


Breast Plate

Literature review

Head Gate Forces

Bovine Size


Solid Barriers (Restrict Vision)

Optimal Pressure

Non-slip Floor

Literature Review

Design criteria

Fit In Powder Coater

Maintain Saddled Pipe Practice

Squeeze From Both Sides

Maintain Emergency Exit

Reduce Noise

Design Criteria

Head gate design

Swing Either Way

Swing Backward

Rubber Piece

Swing Forward

Head Gate Design

Three Lever Double Latch

  • Front, Back, and Combo Release

  • Rubber Faced Stop Surface

Head gate design1

Neck Access Panel

Increased neck access

Solid Wall

(Vision Impairment)

Both Sides

Spring Loaded Latch

9” Clearance


Head Gate Design

Squeeze mechanism design


Safer Lever Position

Inward and Forward Movement

Proper Squeeze Placement

33’’ Clearance

7’’ Clearance

Squeeze Mechanism Design

Rotating Linkages

Top Squeeze Lever

Squeeze mechanism design1

Top Squeeze Lever

Locking Notches

Top Squeeze Release

Locking Pin

Squeeze Mechanism Design

Top Squeeze

  • Self-Locking

  • Easy Release

  • Scissor Linkage

Squeeze mechanism design2

Cross-Over Cables

Bottom Squeeze Release

Bottom Squeeze


Squeeze Mechanism Design

Bottom Squeeze

  • Proven Parts

  • Fold Down Lever

  • Self Latching

Squeeze mechanism design3

FEA Analysis of Critical Parts



Max Stress

Squeeze Mechanism Design

Tailgate design

Ease of Operation

Multiple Tailgate Designs

Simple Attachment

Tailgate Design

Tailgate design1

Cross-Over Cables

Open/Close Handle

Parallel Linkage

Break Over Linkage

Tailgate Design

Scissor Gate

  • Gravity Powered

  • Self-Locking

  • Proven Parts

Tailgate design2

Slider Wheel & Track

Guillotine Track

Slider Handle

Tailgate Design


  • Quickly Change Modes

  • Multiple Applications

  • User Friendly

Floor design

Noise Reduction

No Slip Floor

Easy Manufacturing


Cross Member

Floor Design

Future plans
Future Plans

  • Complete Manufacturing Documentation

  • Produce Concept

  • Test Concept

  • Modifications

  • Present Final


Thank you
Thank You

  • Greg Overton, General Manager

  • Pat Carhart, Sales Manager

  • Don Lake, Applications Engineer

  • Dr. Paul Weckler, Assistant Professor

  • Dr. Glenn Brown, Professor

  • Rolling R3 Ranch