Cattle Yards

Cattle Yards

World-leading animal and operator central design principles for greater efficiency and safety.

Systems, Plans & Ramps

Smart, efficient galvanised steel yard systems taking pride of place on high producing farms across the country. You may wonder what the advantages are of these yards over more traditional timber options.

The fact is, farmers turning to Te Pari steel yards are catching on to the extreme range of benefits for them and their livestock. Safety, ease of use and adaptability are key when it comes to building cattle yards.

Download the Te Pari Cattle Yard Plans for 200+ Head


Why did Steven choose Te Pari?

Why did Steven choose Te Pari?

As a one-man operator, cattle flow and safety were essential for Steven to be able to confidently handle cattle by himself. After working in his Te Pari Yard for over a year now, he wishes it was an investment he'd made years ago. 'The cattle just flow so well'

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Wide entry gates for easy entry to yards


Cattle return from where they enter for easier herding


Wide range of drafting options

Race Flow

Curved race with sheeting to encourage steady flow.


Curved pens aid cattle flow and are safer to work


Cattle free zones for operator protection


Race holds one truck pen for steady, safer loading

See the yards through the animals eyes

Te Pari yards harness natural cattle behaviour for better safety.

Understand Cattle Behavior

Understand Cattle Behavior

Understand Cattle Behavior

Understand Cattle Behavior

Needs, Analysis & Concepts

It starts with one of Te Pari’s experienced product consultants visiting the farm to discuss the current and future requirements. Te Pari has a range of standard plans to choose from, or the we can assist in creating a custom yard design. Following the onsite visit, we will create a realistic 3D concept of the proposed yard.

CAD Cattle Yard Design

Site Selection

The location of cattle handling system is vital for improved efficiency and profitability. Te Pari sees hundreds of cattle yards each year and always consults with farmers on site to work out the best location. Features to take into account when searching for the perfect location are flow, entry and exit, light, loading, access, drafting and more.

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Te Pari coordinates and oversees the earthwork and drainage developments for many clients. If the farmer wants to do the earthworks themselves, the project management team will supply a concrete plan so that the yard area for site works can be prepared.

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Site preparation needs careful consideration and many modern cattle systems have a significant amount of the working area concreted. This prevents the main traffic areas getting muddy and provides a safer and cleaner working environment. Te Pari can supply and place the concrete for the site as part of the turnkey project.

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As part of your turnkey package Te Pari will deliver the yard right to your farm site and unload with a crane. This ensures each system arrives undamaged and is unloaded safely onto site.

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When the site is ready, Te Pari’s own fully equipped installation team will erect and commission the yards. We take pride in assembling the cattle handling system correctly and handing over a functional yard, ready to go.

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The Extra Mile


01. Needs, Analysis & Concepts

02. Site Selection

03. Earthworks

04. Concrete

05. Delivery

06. Installation

Anti-Bruise Rails

Te Pari Yards use a custom 67x48mm Australian made oval cattle rail. The flat sided oval tube is animal friendly with no single pressure points and no sharp edges. The 48mm wide tubing is approx. 15% wider than most alternative cattle rail profiles. The sideways force of cattle when in the yards means the amount of deflection that the rail will sustain is a critical measurement of its real strength. A taller oval profile rail may look stronger but if it has a narrow width profile it will be weaker in action. Deflection analysis has shown that Te Pari Cattle Rail is the strongest in its class.

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The Ultimate Gate System

This patented gate design has no bottom brace reducing ‘muck build up’ in the yards and eliminating trip hazards.

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Hot Dip Galvanised

All steel components are hot dip galvanised and rust proof. During galvanising each yard component is cleaned in acid to remove all traces of scale or rust, then dipped in galvanising zinc, coating it completely in places unreachable by spray or powder coating. Read more about the process of hot dip galvanising here.

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The U-Bow System

The U-Bow system is uniquely manufactured to leave the upper area of the race completely free of any obstructions or overhead braces.

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C-Force Gate System

The Super C-Force Gate System is an optional heavy-duty 3.2m revolving steel gate which reduces the size of a circular force pen as the cattle enter the race. The gate locks quietly into the special gates of the circular pen every 0.5m, moving the cattle up to the race. The pen can hold approximately 15 head of cattle meaning the operator can process 2-3 race loads of cattle before having to refill from the main pens. Almost no need to climb into the forcing pen.

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Proven Yard Designs

Te Pari has a wide range of proven plans designed for integration with crushes, scales and drafting systems.

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Wide Catwalk

The Te Pari Cattle Yard uses catwalk braces that attach to the side rails of the panel and to the ground. Timber is then fastened to the braces, which are 1.0m wide, providing plenty of room for several people to work on the catwalk simultaneously. A handrail is optional and recommended in some designs where cattle are regularly held in the area next to the catwalk. Other surface finishes such as fibreglass or metal treadplate are also available. 

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Quiet And Compact Slam Latch Designs

The nylon sleeved slam latches are super quiet and safer as animals are kept calm and stress free. The gate latches automatically from either side. The strike plate is extremely compact with rounded edge to prevent stock damage/ bruising.

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Calf Reducer System

This system allows the user to narrow the width of the race by moving the panels in. Quick and easy to adjust and prevents calves from turning around in the race.

Drop Top Panel System

Outside panels are 1.8m high and inside panels 1.45m high. The lower inside panels allow the operator to bend over and work the stock with ease. For large animals the optional Drop Top Panel System can be fitted to the inside of the race. These panels are 1.8m high, and the top rail folds down to the normal working height of 1.45m. This provides protection if handling large cattle and the option of easy access for younger stock.

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Clamp System

Te Pari has a unique clamp system that keeps each panel close together with no rattle. It is much stronger than other options like pins, the overhead braces also give the yard extra strength.

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of a Te Pari Steel Yard

Anti-Bruise Rails

The Ultimate Gate System

Hot Dip Galvanised

The U-Bow System

C-Force Gate System

Proven Yard Designs

Wide Catwalk

Quiet And Compact Slam Latch Designs

Calf Reducer System

Drop Top Panel System

Clamp System

Cattle Flow

Cattle have a natural tendency to circle their handler, so Te Pari designs circular yards to allow cattle to flow much better. Research shows circular yards can be up to 30% more efficient than square or rectangular yards thus allowing a much higher throughput of cattle.

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Cattle-free Zone and Access Gates

Many Te Pari yard designs include a ‘cattle-free’ working area which provides the operator a safe and secure area to work and store supplies. Personnel access gates are included in many designs and are vital to allow the operator to exit a pen quickly and easily without the need to climb over fences.

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Catwalk on the inside of the race.

A catwalk on the inside of the curved handling race is another learning that Te Pari likes to use when designing yards. This reduces the walking distance when working cattle, and also makes it easier to move up and down the race without stirring up the cattle.

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Curved Race and Forcing Pen

Curved narrow races encourage animals to move to the front of the yard, and a circular forcing gate lets you reduce the size of the forcing pen as cattle enter, eliminating the need to climb into the pen which is a huge safety benefit.

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Tax Deductible

Construction of a Te Pari steel yard is likely to be a tax deductible expense in the year that it occurs. For more information go to Be sure to check with your accountant or seek professional advice.

Quick To Install

Investing in a Te Pari steel yard will allow you to get straight back to the real work of farming with minimal distraction. Installation only takes 1-5 days depending on the size of the yard and the amount of groundwork that needs to be done. Te Pari offers a turnkey solution when it comes to building your yards. From start to finish, Te Pari can supervise the process to keep downtime to a minimum.

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Less Manpower Needed

One person is all you need to operate a Te Pari steel yard. Curved narrow races encourage animals to move to the front of the yard and a circular forcing gate lets you reduce the size of the forcing pen as cattle enter, eliminating the need to climb into the pen – a huge safety benefit.

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Virtually Maintenance-Free

It is ultra-quick to install, you can get straight back to the real work, with stronger, safer steel yards. All are hot dip galvanised to eliminate corrosion, plus many of our yards can be completely relocated to another site.

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8 Reasons

to own a Te Pari steel yard

01. Cattle Flow

02. Cattle-free Zone and Access Gates

03. Catwalk on the inside of the race.

04. Curved Race and Forcing Pen

05. Tax Deductible

06. Quick To Install

07. Less Manpower Needed

08. Virtually Maintenance-Free



Cattle Handling


“When someone says you’re part of a family… you know what, I didn’t believe them (at first) but yes, you are, definitely. The way that they helped us out; the way that they support us with everything… they’ve been fantastic.”
Whenever George brings cattle inside, he’s thrilled with the yards’ performance. Whether they’re weaning, pregnancy testing, drafting or weighing cattle, the animals move intuitively through the wide gates and into the pens.
The yards are quiet to use too. The slam latches aren’t noisy, the gates swing silently on their nylon hinges, and the sides don’t rattle.

“It’s a safe, comfortable, stress-free experience for both us and the cattle.”

The concrete floor means George can use the yards in any weather. There’s no more mud after a downpour or dust in a drought.

And when it comes to getting cattle onto a truck, he’s sold on the new, stepped loading ramp. “We were dubious to start with, but the stepped loading ramp works very nicely. It all works as advertised.” Being safe in the yards is a huge concern for George and Fiona, so they love their yards’ sturdiness and durability. The walkway around the forcing area is a great feature which makes life easy when you’re working or moving the cattle around. 

“They’re the nicest, safest set of yards I’ve worked, and safety is a priority.” All in all, George Kucka couldn’t be happier with his cattle yards and the service he’s received from the company. “It’s a company that you can trust will do what they say they’ll do, and the product they sell does exactly what it’s supposed to do and does it safely. I couldn’t speak more highly of them.”

George and Fiona Kucka, Guys Forest, Victoria, Australia


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Our range of yards

Designed with animal behaviour and your safety in mind - the 'science and design' behind a Te Pari Cattle Yard