Hi-Hog has developed a safe and reliable bison handling system based on decades of experience and feedback from bison ranchers and vets. Simply combine the modular components to meet the specific needs of your bison facilities.
Hi-Hog’s bison handling equipment has been designed specifically for safe and efficient bison handling.
When compared to cattle, bison tend to react earlier, at greater distances, and with greater speed, and vigor. For this reason, our bison handling systems and chutes vary considerably from our typical cattle handling systems.
- Bison have a strong desire to remain with their herd
- Bison become stressed if they cannot turn around
- Bison are hyper sensitive to their surroundings
- Bison can accelerate very quickly
Thankfully Hi-Hog’s design team have decades of experience working with bison, bison producers, and vets with bison handling experience. All this experience has gone into improvements in our bison handling systems and equipment.
To handle bison with a minimum level of stress we have developed a safe and reliable bison working alley that accommodates bison’s desire to be with their herd mates, provides enough room for the bison to turn around and shields their view from distractions.
Working Hi-Hog’s bison alley
Simply bring a small group of bison into your working alley with all the gates open (up to the single file control alley). As the bison spread out in the available space you can divide the group into smaller groups by sliding the 5’ wide solid sheeted rolling doors across the alley. The box alleys should hold two or more bison while the funnel section is designed to hold one animal.
As soon as you have an animal isolated in the funnel section you can open the gate for the optional control alley or bison squeeze chute. Your bison should be allowed to move from the funnel alley section to the squeeze chute with minimum delay.
Once the squeeze is empty again you repeat the process with the objective of moving the isolated animal as quickly as possible out of the funnel section into the bison squeeze chute. For more details see the Resources section at the bottom of this page.
NOTE: we recommend introducing your working alley to your bison well before you need to work your bison. Be sure to lock the squeeze and all the gates in the open position so your bison can explore the alleys full length without risk or threat. This practice can significantly reduce animal stress and increase handling efficiency.
Bison alley components
The working alley is a combination of an:
- entry alley
- box alley(s)
- funnel or wedge alley
- optional control alley
The width and length of the alley sections depends on the number of animals you are processing at one time. Working small groups of bison quickly will minimize bison stress and increase overall efficiency. For best results your bison group should not be brought into the alley until the system, including squeeze chute, is clear of bison and you are ready to begin processing.
The Entry alley, Box alley and Funnel Alleys are created by combining a range of Hi-Hog panels and gates designed for bison. The components all use the same modular connector system. For more information on these items click on a link below.
- 70.5” high Heavy Duty Gates – 7 Bar
- 84” high Heavy Duty Panels – 7 Bar
- 84” high Heavy Duty Panels – Solid Sheeted
- 8’ high frame with 84” high Heavy Duty Gates – 7 Bar
- 8’ high frame with 84” high Heavy Duty Gates – Solid Sheeted
The entry alley acts as the first section of alley connecting your corrals to your box alley. It usually has an 8’ to 12’ wide gate at the corrals and narrows over its length to a width of 5’. The primary purpose of this section of alley is to give your bison a large inviting opening from the corrals.
Hi-Hog’s 5’ wide box alleys can be built in a range of lengths. The 5’ wide alley provides enough width for the bison to turn and move freely. The box sections should be designed to hold 2 or more bison at any time.
The solid sheeted 5‘ wide rolling doors (item 2190) can be open/closed quickly and quietly thanks to the contoured nylon wheels. The rolling doors sheeted sides provide a solid finish your bison will respect.
The sheeted alley side panels help to calm your bison as they block views of potential threats outside of the alley. Additionally, there is no floor in the box alley so as long as the ground provides secure footing your bison should remain calm and content. The sheeted panels also include a narrow slot that can be used for working the flight zone.
The funnel alley is a short alley section that narrows in width from 5’ wide to 32” wide (the width of your bison squeeze chute). From this section, your bison will either go directly into your bison squeeze chute or transition quickly through a control alley section.
The funnel alley has a 5′ rolling door on one end of the alley and a 32″ alley spreader with a rolling door on the other end. Like the box alley the funnel alley section has no floor. The funnel section is normally 8′ to 10′ in length and holds one animal. If desired you can replace a side panel with a frame with gate to allow for sorting.
The adjustable control alley is a 32” wide box that will hold one animal. One side of the control alley section is adjustable allowing you to narrow the alley width to fit the animal. This will ensure your bison are ready to enter the squeeze chute.
Because the control alley does not provide enough room for your bison to turn around we have included a roof panel over this section to stop your bison from attempting to climb or jump out.
The footing remains natural as your bison move from the funnel alley section into the control alley section which helps your bison remain comfortable.
NOTE: if your natural ground conditions are muddy or slippery your bison may hesitate as they are concerned about their footing.
The control alley section includes a side exit so you can sort an animal out of the alley, or assist a distressed animal.
The sheeted side panels include a narrow open slot which allows the handler to work the flight zone of your bison.
Bison Alley Parts
|ITEM #||DESCRIPTION||WEIGHT (LBS)|
|2320||32" Adjustable Bison Alley Spreader with Rolling Door - Right Hand||570|
|2330||32" Adjustable Bison Alley Spreader with Rolling Door - Left Hand||570|
|2340||32" Adjustable Bison Alley Spreader with Rolling Door - Interior||570|
|2295||Bison 8' Frame with Sheeted Gate||465|
|2315||Bison 8' Sheeted Panel||280|
|2305||Bison 8' Roof Panel||130|
|2190||60" Non-Adjustable Alley Spreader with sheeted rolling door||360|
|2285||Optional Control Alley scale platform||475|
NOTE: The length of the Funnel Alley or Box Alley varies with the length of sheeted bison panels you select. (see bison panels and gates)
Optional Scale Platform
Hi-Hog also offers an optional scale platform for the control alley section so you can weigh your bison before they enter the bison squeeze chute.
Please be aware that you can also mount the bison squeeze chute directly on load bars (load bars not provided).
NOTE: bison do not like to be isolated from their herd mates. When they are isolated they can shut down and become non-responsive or they can become very aggressive in their attempt to return to the herd. For best performance, your bison should be isolated for as short a period as possible.