Rawhide Portable Corral to blend the old with the new

John McDonald knows a thing or two about livestock equipment after working with cattle and rodeo livestock most of his life. Knowing there had to be a better portable corral design out there, he came up with it himself.

In 2003 the public was introduced to his original Rawhide Portable Corral. It could be set up by one person without any lifting and it could be done quickly, yet it could also be pulled down the road at highway speeds, ensuring that no time would wbe wasted while catching cattle.

Fast forward 13 years and in 2016 the company has an even better portable corral. The Processor was introduced in 2010 and offers the same benefits as his original design while also offering cattle processing abilities with a permanent alley built into the system.

The Processor is offered in three sizes for the convenience of ranchers and cattle producers throughout the world and the main difference with this design is the ability to customize the corral upon ordering by including a hydraulic alley, head gate or loading chute. Whether you simply want to catch your cattle or process them on site and load them into a trailer from the pasture, you are able to do so with the Processor.

The design of the Processor continues to impress cattle producers with its versatility and ease of use. The permanent sheeted adjustable alley aids with working your livestock, whether it is done on site or in the field. The adjustable alley can be sized from 30 inches down to 16 inches, either manually or hydraulically.

Even though the Processor’s design is viewed as the superior portable corral on the market, McDonald believes there are still those who will want a smaller, more affordable system. Within the coming year his old design will be making a comeback. This system will be a blend between the two designs he has offered throughout the years and can be either a gooseneck or bumper pull model and the transport wheels will be permanent, so there is no need to remove them from the system as was needed with his earlier design.

The most notable features of the Rawhide corrals are they are easy to set up and they are easy to transport. They mean it when they say one person can open up the corral without lifting a panel. This will continue to be the model as the company moves forward with newer designs.

The key is one person can handle it all by themselves. Customers can manipulate the panels so it is not just one big pen, but two, three or even four pens for sorting, as one can never have enough pens when it comes to working cattle.

McDonald’s design was the first portable corral on the market to offer the hydraulic lift option. This has been so popular that Rawhide now offers customers the option to buy the hydraulic lift kit with or without the battery so they may upgrade existing equipment of their own. A lift kit includes the jack, power unit, solar panel and, of course, the option of including a battery at time of purchase.

John and his wife Mary operate the family business at their facility in Abilene, Kansas; the only place where a Rawhide may be purchased. It has always been a family operation and will continue into the next generation.

For more information and to view videos visit www.rawhideportablecorral.com, find the company on Facebook or call 785-263-3436.