Life in the country often means using cattle guards to keep cattle inside of range land, or out of private property. They are often used at a residence where we want an open road or driveway, but we don’t want cattle wandering off where they shouldn’t be.
If you have ever traveled in open range country, you’ll see these guards across the road. They are good size pipes placed about 8 inches apart for about 3 to 4 feet of the road surface, across the entire width of the roadway, with a 1 foot deep pit below them. They are the cattle equivalent of a tightrope, so cattle won’t cross them, but vehicles can safely travel across them.
These guards work well for cattle, but they also work well for horses. And, horses can be just as much of a nuisance as cattle. I’ve had more than one occasion where horses have wandered onto my land and trampled through the garden – what a mess. They can also be used to keep deer from entering your property as well.
You can build do-it-yourself cattle guards or simply pass the word that you’re interested in getting one. Friends, neighbors and the local salvage company might just come up with one for you to help fend off deer, cattle, horses and other livestock that may be found wandering your neighborhood.
Whether you live in a “fence in” or “fence out” state, cattle guards can be a useful addition to the entrance of your property. They are especially useful for homesteaders that don’t have large livestock, but who have neighbors with livestock that occasionally go for a stroll.