I’ve been building corrals for about 20 years. I started with my fathers construction company and worked with the family business for most of my life. I have also helped folks in several countries including Mexico, Russia, and Kazakhstan design and build corrals.
Almost all of the work I’ve done has been with pretty serious operations. Most of the ranches around my hometown of Valentine, NE are at least a couple hundred cows and the feedlots we would work at are mostly larger ones. I have also helped folks who have less than a hundred cows by applying the same principles as we do to large corrals, just on a tighter budget.
I’ve been working with hydraulics for quite a while. Starting with troubleshooting and fixing the equipment we worked with and moving on to putting in hydraulic gates while I was still in high school. I’ve designed and installed over 200 hydraulic sorting gates over the years. Some systems were simple ones driven from the chute valves, and some systems had over 20 controls with multiple power sources and multiple control units.
Now days, I still help folks design and put together their own hydraulics units. the parts I like to work with are all very common parts that you can by and replace easily in case of break down. I can have some custom parts made at a friends shop and shipped to you if you wish.