Cattle Rack Plans for Pickup

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Haggis, Jun 11, 2005.

  1. Haggis

    Haggis MacCurmudgeon

    Messages:
    2,246
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2004
    Location:
    Northeastern Minnesota
    Not so long ago, when I lived in Kentucky, it seemed like every small beef, dairy, or pig farmer had a set of wooden cattle racks on their pickup truck, does anyone here know of an on-line site with plans?

    Thanks a heap.
     
  2. moopups

    moopups In Remembrance

    Messages:
    7,102
    Joined:
    May 12, 2002
    Location:
    In beautiful downtown Sticks, near Belleview, Fl.
    Put 'messman woodworking' into google, there under the 'r' selection are plans for a flat bed trailer racks that may be modified to suit your needs.
     

  3. Barb

    Barb Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    735
    Joined:
    May 14, 2002
    Location:
    West River SD
    A convoluted description from someone who does no wood working but Dh made ours a long time ago. Here goes:

    2x4"s shaved at the bottom to fit the holes in sides of the back of the pick-up box

    another 2x4 attached to each of the first ones starting at the edge of the pick-up side to as high as you want your box - rests partly or fully on edge of pick-up box (outside - inside should be smooth to keep injury of animals down)

    boards attached to inside of 2x4's to make each side

    sides were attached to each other with hinges

    back sat on tailgate and also attached by hinges.

    It was all done in pieces so it could be removed easily It took two of us but he could do it alone if necessary
     
  4. Haggis

    Haggis MacCurmudgeon

    Messages:
    2,246
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2004
    Location:
    Northeastern Minnesota
    Thanks a bunch. I'm going Monday to take possession of my new 2005 1/2 ton pick-up truck and the first thing I want to do is bang in a set of cattle racks. Herself wants to wear some of the new off of it first, but I'm buying it to use.
     
  5. Cornhusker

    Cornhusker Unapologetically me Supporter

    Messages:
    16,262
    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2003
    I don't know where you'd buy a new one, but people around here use to use metal slide in stock racks. I still have one, and it's handy for those times you don't want to pull a trailer, and they are absolutely bullet proof as far as durability.