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Item Number: 1550, 1551, 1571

Hi-Hog’s manual parallel axis (PA) squeeze chute is highly regarded for its effortless handling, highly efficient operation, simple, safe design, and unmatched accessibility.

The Parallel Axis Squeeze chute comes with one of three head gate options. For those with de-horned or polled livestock, Hi-Hog offers the Parallel Axis Squeeze Chute with self-catch head gate on its own (1550), or paired with the self-catch head gate with an integrated neck extender (1551). For those with horned cattle Hi-Hog offers the chute with a manual head gate (1571).

 

Item # Description Weight (lbs.)
1550 PA Squeeze Chute with Self-Catch Head Gate 1702
1551 PA Squeeze Chute with Self-Catch Head Gate & Neck Extender 1875
1571 PA Squeeze Chute with Manual Head Gate 1840

Efficient cattle handling

Hi-Hog’s parallel axis cattle squeeze chute with self catch head gate is designed to allow you to process your livestock as quickly and safely as possible. This is because Hi-Hog’s chute is uniquely designed to allow the operator freedom to move and work the cow. When the cow enters the squeeze chute there is nobody standing in a position that will cause your animals to hesitate. Instead, the operator will be working the cow’s flight zone to efficiently move their cattle into the squeeze chute.

Hi-Hog Manual Cattle Squeeze Chute

Cattle squeeze chute with self catch head gate from Hi-Hog


Before you begin, set the self-catch head gate width to the size of the animals you will be processing. With the stanchion width set, you are ready to efficiently work your animals:

  1. Set the self-catch head gate quickly with the simple but reliable limiter chain (How to set the Hi-Hog self-catch head gate).
  2. Adjust the width of the chute to match the next animal
  3. Lift the tail gate with the extended control rope and walk away from the squeeze chute and past the head and shoulder of the cow in the alley. As you move past the shoulder and into the animal’s flight zone, the cow will move forward into the squeeze chute on its own. 
  4. Your cow, on its own, triggers the head gate and catches itself.
  5. Treat and release your animal

The steps are the same even when your chute includes Hi-Hog’s integrated neck extender.

Additionally, by providing un-matched animal accessibility and quick, easy controls you can process your livestock faster and safer.

Hi-Hog parallel axis squeeze chute with neck extenderCattle squeeze chute with self catch head gate and neck extender


TIP: Check out Hi-Hog's resource articles; cattle behavior, cattle handling tips, and tips on designing your cattle handling system and corrals

Low Stress Cattle Squeeze Chute

Hi-Hog’s Parallel Axis Squeeze Chute hosts a range of features focused on the safety and comfort of your livestock.

  • The sides of the chute are mounted at a slight slope to provide your livestock with support without interfering with their natural stable stance. 
  • Both sides of the squeeze draw in and forward in one smooth easy controlled motion to keep any sized animal centered and balanced (32” wide down to 11.5”). 
  • The bottom half of the side panels are clad in sheet metal to
    • remove foot traps
    • minimize the opportunity for your cattle to climb
    • remove pressure points (no bolt heads).
  • All sheet metal has been caulked with silicon to reduce chute noise and vibration.
  • The head gates are mounted to the squeeze body with spring cushioned fasteners to absorb the impact of your animal.
  • The inside verticals of the head gate run parallel to reduce the opportunity of your livestock choking should they go down while locked in the head gate.
  • The self-catch head gate can be swung fully into the chute or fully out of the chute depending on if your animal is pushing or pulling when you are ready to release it. This provides a clear, un-obstructed exit for your livestock. No risk of hip-lock.
  • The manual head gate opens to the full width of the cattle chute for a clear, unobstructed exit.
  • The squeeze floor is finished with heavy duty checker plate steel with large 1.25” square traction bars for confident livestock footing.
Hi Hog Manual Cattle Squeeze Chute self catch headgate

Hi-Hog's self-catch head gate for the manual cattle squeeze chute

Hi-Hog's Manual Cattle Squeeze Chute with manual headgate for horned cattle

Hi-Hog's manual head gate for the manual cattle squeeze chute

Outstanding Animal Access
You won’t find a lot of bells and whistles on a Hi-Hog chute because bells and whistles take away access and add unnecessary, time consuming steps to your cattle processing. Instead, Hi-Hog offers you un-matched access to your livestock, no matter how big or small your animals may be.

  • All Hi-Hog squeeze chutes include a large side exit on both sides of the chute. 
  • Both of the side exit gates include four drop down body access panels and two lift-up foot access panels.
  • Between the side exit gate and the head gate (on both sides of the chute) you will find an additional shoulder access gate (W 9.25” x H 56.5”).
  • If you prefer the squeeze chute with integrated neck extender you gain an additional, 8.5” wide, secure access window for neck injections.
  • To provide the squeeze operator with unrestricted access the:
    • drop-down body access panels lay flat against the chute when opened.
    • lift-up foot access panels swing up and latch flat against the side of the chute when opened.

Ease of Use
Hi-Hog’s chute is very simple and easy to operate to ensure you can process your livestock as quickly as possible with a minimum of stress, for both you and your livestock.

  • All of the body access gates come with simple gravity slam latches that can be quickly and easily operated even while wearing mitts. 
    • To close, simply shut the gate and the latch engages automatically
    • To open, simply lift the gravity latch and the access gate is released
    • The foot access gates are secured with spring loaded plunger latches
  • The squeeze operator can quickly open and securely close both side exits from either side of the chute
  • The squeeze action could not be easier. 
  • The weight of the lift-up tailgate is offset by a counter-weight to ensure it is light enough to be easily lifted but heavy enough to drop and latch on its own. The tail gate is controlled by rope which provides you with an opportunity to freely work the flight zone of your livestock.


TIP: many ranchers will lift and hold the tailgate until an animal passes below the gate. When the animal is under the gate the rancher will rest the bottom of the gate on the hip of the animal and release the control rope. When the animal completely passes below the gate, the gate will drop on its own and lock in the closed position before the next animal can enter the chute.

  • Hi-Hog’s self-catch head gate will catch and hold your cattle without you needing to be at the head gate at all. Once the head gate is set you are completely free to move. You are free to work the alley or load the crowding tub. And because you are not standing by your chute distracting your livestock your cattle will enter the chute with much less hesitation.
  • When it’s time to release your livestock from your squeeze chute they are likely pushing or pulling on the head gate. Don’t fight them, simply release the self-catch head gate in the same direction they wish to go.

The design of this chute has been highly refined to ensure you can get your job done safely and efficiently.

Hi-Hog Manual Cattle Squeeze Chute with Self Catch Headgate

Hi-Hog's Parallel Axis Cattle Squeeze Chute with Self-Catch head gate


Operator Safety
While we may not have a lot of bells and whistles on our squeeze chute we do have an abundance of safety features. Cattle can be unpredictable so we have included a number of safety features to help keep both you and your livestock safe.

  • Horned cattle can lift a gravity latch as easily as you. That’s why all of Hi-Hog’s gravity latches have a solid horn guard to protect them against accidental animal contact 
  • Similarly, the spring-loaded self-catch head gate latches are also protected by horn guards to ensure your livestock won’t release themselves
  • Large livestock can exert a great deal of pressure on the side exit gates of a squeeze chute. So much pressure that they have been known to distort inferior chutes causing the latches to fail and the frames to bend. Hi-Hog, on the other hand, uses large integrated hinges on all major pivot points. Additionally, Hi-Hog includes gate guides to ensure the side exit gates cannot be distorted and popped out of their latched positions 
  • Large livestock can also sometimes give a squeeze chute a good shake which can accidentally cause a gravity latch to bounce open (even with a heavy chute like Hi-Hog’s). With this in mind, Hi-Hog has added an additional slide latch to both the side release gates and the lift-up foot access gates.
  • For those who use them, Hi-Hog has included three back-up bar slots in the rear drop down body access panel
  • For your security, Hi-Hog uses two off-set ratchets to provide precise and effortless squeeze control while also ensuring one of the ratchets is always securely engaged. The dual ratchet allows for continuous width adjustments from 32” down to 11.5”
  • Hi-Hog’s self-catch head gate uses separate front and rear latches to ensure your livestock cannot trigger the head gate to release when they contact the head gate and engage the rear latch. 
  • The rear tail gate locks automatically in both the raised and lowered position
Hi Hog Manual Cattle Squeeze Chute - Clear Flow

Self-catch head gate opens to the full width of the squeeze chute

Flexible design
Hi-Hog’s parallel axis squeeze chute provides you with flexibility to set up and operate the chute the way you want to operate it.

  • The squeeze controls can be easily moved from one side of the chute to the other for left hand or right hand operation. Use your Hi-Hog chute on multiple pastures or share it with friends and neighbors. And if you ever want to upgrade to Hi-Hog’s hydraulic squeeze chute you will appreciate that you will not be selling to a limited market. 
  • Because both side exits can be operated from either side of the chute you can efficiently sort out of your chute in three directions; left side exit, right side exit, or straight through the head gate. With Hi-Hog’s parallel axis chute you have complete flexibility to process and sort your livestock.
  • In most situations, Hi-Hog’s self-catch head gate can be run all day in the standard factory settings. If you are running calves or large bulls however you can quickly re-set the head gate for smaller or larger necks with the spring-loaded head gate adjustment pins. Note: If your head gate includes Hi-Hog’s neck extender be sure to match the pin positions of the neck extender to those used on the head gate.

 

Quality of Materials

Superior quality parts for a superior experience, year after year.

  • Heavy duty, solid welded squeeze frame. Compare dollars per pound to appreciate the build value of a Hi-Hog chute
  • Large, integrated heavy duty hinge collars that will not bend under animal pressure
  • All primary hinge points include grease fittings and are pre-greased with premium arctic grade grease to ensure smooth operation, year after year
  • All of the main controls include high visibility, high-grip handles for quick confident operation
  • Premium grade, 3/8” diameter, all-weather, double braided control ropes
  • Heavy Duty, ¼” restraint chain
  • Custom tooled fluid Tivar™ sheaves
  • Durable polyester powder coat paint finish

Future Ready

  • The squeeze floor comes with pre-drilled holes to make it easy to add a sternum bar to your chute.
  • You can easily add a Hi-Hog neck extender to your standard parallel axis squeeze chute with self-catch head gate, as it includes the mounting collars already installed. 
  • The squeeze also includes built in lifting points so you can easily make your squeeze chute portable with the addition of Hi-Hog’s cattle squeeze chute trailer.

 

Hi Hog Manual Cattle Squeeze Chute on Squeeze Chute Trailer

Mobile Hi-Hog squeeze chute on trailer

 

Hi-Hog Manual Cattle Squeeze Chute with sternum bar

Hi-Hog cattle squeeze chute with sternum bar

Parallel Axis Squeeze Chute complete with Neck Extender

Hi-Hog’s neck extender is linked directly to the self-catch head gate which allows the neck extender to be activated by the animal’s shoulders at the same time the animal contacts the self-catch head gate. This minimizes the risk of stressing or injuring livestock while allowing the animal to catch itself without a handler at the head gate.

Hi Hog manual cattle squeeze chute with neck extender

Hi-Hog cattle squeeze chute with self-catch head gate and neck extender


When the self-catch head gate is pushed into the chute to catch the next animal, the vertical bars of the neck extender are also pivoted back to lie safely beside the vertical bars of the head gate.


When the animal makes contact with the head gate with its shoulders, its head will already be past the neck extender bars. As the animal pushes the head gate forward with its shoulders, the neck extender will, through the linkages, extend away from the head gate to create a large 8.5” wide safe zone for needle injections.


Note: When setting the width of the neck extender ensure that it is set to the same settings as the self-catch head gate.


Note: The self-catch head gate will not swing fully into the chute when the neck extender is attached. If required the neck extender can be quickly detached from the head gate, by popping the pins out of the collars, which will allow the head gate to swing fully into the chute.


Specifications

Parallel Axis Squeeze Chute

  • Item Number: 1550
  • Outside Length: 108"
  • Inside Length: 96"
  • Outside Height: 85"
  • Inside Vertical Clearance: 72 1/2"
  • Base Width: 40"
  • Outside Width including handles: 58"
  • Inside Width - squeeze at full width: 32"
  • Inside Width - squeeze at narrow width: 12 1/2"
  • Weight: 1,702 lbs

Parallel Axis Squeeze Chute with Neck Extender

  • Item Number: 1551
  • Outside Length: 120"
  • Inside Length: 96"
  • Outside Height: 85"
  • Inside Vertical Clearance: 72 1/2"
  • Base Width: 40"
  • Outside Width including handles: 58"
  • Inside Width - squeeze at full width: 32"
  • Inside Width - squeeze at narrow width: 12 1/2"
  • Weight: 1,875 lbs

Parallel Axis Squeeze Chute with Manual Head gate

  • Item Number: 1571
  • Outside Length: 108"

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    Inside Length: 96"
  • Outside Height: 85"

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    Inside Vertical Clearance: 72 1/2"
  • Base Width: 40"

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    Outside Width including handles: 105"
  • Inside Width - squeeze at full width: 32"

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    Inside Width - squeeze at narrow width: 12 1/2"
  • Weight: 1,840 lbs.

Customer Reviews:

I am over 60 years old and I wouldn’t be without my Hi-Hog parallel axis squeeze chute. Safety is paramount and the Hi-Hog squeeze is the only squeeze I feel comfortable using. The adjustments on most squeeze chutes are so cumbersome you never use them; however, the Hi-Hog squeeze adjusts easily, even with my arthritic hands. It is exceptionally user friendly for both me and my animals. I don’t have to fight to get my big pregnant cows into the extra high, extra wide chute for their pre-calving vaccinations. I’m not sure who loves this chute more; me, my cattle, or my vet! In my opinion, you simply cannot get better value for the money
Elizabeth May, May Meadows Farms, Hawkstone, ON

 

Anyone who has ever helped me work cattle has been impressed with my Hi-Hog squeeze chute. I can handle my biggest bulls with ease and also head gate my baby calves for ear tagging. You’ve got plenty of access for any procedure. I’ve had my Hi-Hog squeeze for several years now and the only time I’ve ever been tempted by another squeeze was when I saw the latest Hi-Hog squeeze.
Leon Steffen Burdette, KS

 

We’ve had the Hi-Hog beef cattle head gate and chute with preg check cage (manual squeeze chute and palpation cage) for the past 12 years. It is the best system, by far, for handling our Red & Black Angus beef cattle and calves. We use it for everything from vaccines and worming to A.I. Breeding and Preg Checks. For calves it adjusts easily and quickly. The doors work quickly and adjust easily. It can be maintained with minimal effort and is built to last. Our vet really appreciates the preg check cage (palpation cage). This system is a time saver and safe for the cows and their people. Best investment we made!
Marie VanDeMark & Jeff Myers, Ice Brook Farm, Ithaca, NY


Canadian Funding Opportunities
Funding may be available in some Canadian Provinces through the ‘Canadian Agricultural Partnership′ program to help offset some of the costs on the purchase of a squeeze complete with neck extender. The funding programs vary from province to province. For more information visit Canadian Agricultural Partnership Links.

Alternate Terms:

  1. Cattle Squeeze Chute: cattle crush, cattle crate
  2. Head Gate: head bale, head stanchion
  3. Neck Extender: neck restraint, head restraint, neck stretcher, head holder
  4. Cattle Handling: animal husbandry, cattle processing, cattle facilities