The Squeeze Panel
This is one of the simplest, cheapest and most useful devices on a sheep farm.
It's just two panels hinged together for moving or containing sheep on a temporary basis. Unlike permanent fencing, string is fine to use with these. They are easy to make and repair with 3/4 inch wood slats.
We don't know who first came up with the design, but it's a good one.
Note the different lengths of the arms, and the ability to turn it either way to fit a variety of situations. The size and weight are appropriate for easy handling by most people. You should be able to walk forward with the arms extended as shown below.
Here are some of the things you can do with these panels, followed by building plans.
(or How to Make a Human Less Permeable)
(Examination Room or Holding Area)
Temporary Row Housing
(From A to Unplanned B)
(Because Sheep Don't Understand Left and Right)
Lamb Proofing Permanent Panels
The dimensions provided below yield a panel that is lightweight, versatile, and big enough for sheep.
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Here are some views of the hinge details.
Note that the hinges need to be placed so that the panel can be completely straightened out.
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