Turnkey Cattle Yard Designs

Knowledge & innovation combined to offer a superior experience.

Smart, efficient galvanised steel cattle yard systems taking pride of place on high producing farms across the country. If you are looking for a 'concept to completion' turnkey solution to your cattle handling requirements then Te Pari is here to help.

Download the Te Pari Top 20 Cattle Yard Plans

Download a range of our most popular cattle yard designs ranging in size 17 head to 500+ head

A Turn Key Solution!

A Te Pari’s product consultants visits the farm to understand the current and future yard requirements. Following the visit, our CAD design team creates a realistic 3D concept of the proposed yard.

Features to take into account when searching for the perfect location are flow, entry and exit, light, loading, access, drafting and more. After the concept is drawn up, the farmer is provided with a scaled render of the yard on a Google Earth map positioned . 

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

We recommend that main traffic areas of the yards are concreted or ideally the entire yard. Te Pari can supply and place the concrete for the site as part of the turnkey project.

As part of your turnkey package Te Pari will delivery the yard right to your farm site and unload with a crane. When the site is ready, Te Pari’s own fully equipped installation team will erect and commission the yards

Building a Cattle Yard the Te Pari way

With a combined 75 years of design experience and construction of hundreds of stockyard facilities through New Zealand and around the globe, Te Pari can design and build you an innovative steel yard that will exceed your expectations. We have established designs that are based on the best criteria for cattle flow, operator safety, functionality and economical construction. Working alongside cattle producers all over the world, Te Pari continues to innovate. Not only do Te Pari design and build your project, we also back it up with an experienced technical and service team. No need to look any further for a trustworthy cattle handling solution.

10 Features of a Te Pari Steel Yard...


NZ-Made Anti Bruise Rails

All yards are built with top quality NZ-made oval tubing called Cattlerail on all horizontal rails. This tube has the strength of a square tube however the large flat side makes it animal friendly - no single pressure points and no sharp edges. Deflection analysis has shown that Cattlerail is the strongest in its class.


The Ultimate Gate System

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


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.


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.


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.


Proven Designs

Te Pari has a wide range of proven plans designed for integration with crushes, scales and drafting systems. With 100's of yard in action for many years you can be assured that a Te Pari Yard actually works!


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.


Quiet & Compact Slam Latch Design

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.


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 1.80m 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.

Add a 3 Way Draft Module...

The manual 3-way drafting module is designed for easy and efficient drafting and to save labour. Wire ropes control the drafting gates from the rear of the crush.

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Upgrade to Calf Reducers!

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.

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The Te Pari design advantage

All livestock enterprises have unique requirements, because of this the best stockyard design is the one that is tailored to suit your operation. We use our range of standard designs as a benchmark for working capacity which are then fine-tuned to meet the individual needs of our clients. In some cases we design from scratch, drawing on our extensive design experience to create a facility specific to your needs.

Te Pari will measure your site to record existing fence lines, laneways, sheds, trees and other infrastructure which need to be incorparated in your new facility. For green field sites we discuss, and review your site selection to ensure it will meet your needs including best access for stock, operators and trucks. We then present you with a 3D render of the proposed design for review and then quoting.

Which spec of Cattle Yard do i need?

Use the table below to decide which type of yard system you require.


Utility Kitset Yards

Hybrid Steel Yards with wooden pens

Turnkey Professional Yard Solution

Panel Height 1.6m 1.8m 1.8m
Panel Rails 5 Rails 6 Rails 6 Rails
Gate Height 2.2m 2.4m (some gates are 2.2m) 2.4m (some gates are 2.2m)
Gate Type Gate is in frame Unique Ultimate Gate design with no cross bar on the ground Ultimate Gate design with no cross bar on ground
Gate Latch Chain Latch Slam latch with nylon sleeve Slam Latch with nylon sleeve
Installation Kitset DIY Steel components only installed by Te Pari team Installed by Te Pari team
Holding Pens All steel panels Wooden Post and rail with steel gates All steel panels

Hear it from those who have experienced it

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Designed with safety in mind

Kevin Friel talks about why he chose Te Pari for his Steel Cattle Yards


Donna Morrison

Hear why Donna prefers her Te Pari Steel Cattle Yards over timber yards


Mark Stokman - Stokman Angus

Noise is not an issue in steel cattle yards

Download the Te Pari Top 20 Cattle Yard Plans

Download a range of our most popular cattle yard designs ranging in size 17 head to 500+ head

8 Reasons to own a Te Pari Steel Cattle Yard...


Cattle Flow

Content 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 cattle yards can be up to 30% more efficient than square or rectangular yards thus allowing a much higher throughput of cattle.


Cattle-free zones & Access gates

Many Te Pari cattle 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 cattle yard designs and are vital to allow the operator to exit a pen quickly and easily without the need to climb over fences.



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.


Curved Race & 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.


Tax Deductible

Construction of a Te Pari steel cattle yard is likely to be a tax deductible expense in the year that it occurs. Download the IRD information below.


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 1-3 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 cattle yards. From start to finish, Te Pari can supervise the process to keep downtime to a minimum.


Less labour needed to operate.

One person is all you need to operate a Te Pari steel cattle 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.


Virtually Maintenance Free

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

The 'Stockbend' warranty!

The force that cattle normally apply on a panel is sideways due to the way they move within the yard. This means the amount of deflection that a 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. 

Te Pari panels are stronger! Why?

The custom made Oval Rails in a Te Pari panel are 48mm wide and approx 15% wider than all other market alternatives. 

Our Warranty...

If any yard panel is bent through sideways motion of stock within 60 months of date of delivery we will replace the panel at no cost to you.

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The Te Pari Handbook contains over 100 pages of details and specifications on the entire Te Pari range.