River Cattle Equipment has been using this pinning system since 1965.
is fast and efficient and easy to erect.
and double lugs allow up to five panels on the one pin and cover
uneven ground easier.
pinning system actually protects your panels by allowing greater
movement, hence less stress on you.
The pinning system is the most important feature of a portable cattle
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Black River first designed and manufactured its double-lug and single-lug
pinning system for portable panels way back in 1965, it did not know
that its multiple-pinning system would still be the most efficient and
versatile style in use in the cattle industry today.
Over this time many other pinning techniques have developed that have
failed to give the ability of joining as many as five panels from the
You can inspect these portable cattle-yard panels and a full range of
equipment including a crush and vet unit with parallel squeeze and soft-touch
Necessity, being the mother of invention, was what motivated Pat and
Margaret Heferen to start manufacturing cattle equipment.
They arrived at Black River, near Townsville, in the early 1960s from
the family property, at Moree, NSW, and were not able to buy cattle
yards or a crush to handle their stud cattle, so they made their own.
Neighbours saw them and ordered sets. Vic Taylor, of Anthill Plains,
took the first cattle crush and five more were ordered almost immediately.
Pat's cattle crush with a sliding head bail and veterinary area for
preg testing was what northern cattlemen were after.
Now, nearly 40 years later, Black River Cattle Equipment crushes have
won many awards of merit and can be found in all Australian States and
nine overseas countries.
The Black River Cattle Equipment Company is in good hands as it moves
into the new millennium with son David and his wife, Glenda, coming
up with new ideas, the latest being the soft-touch bail and parallel
squeeze locks, followed by the push-lock catch and two new calf-branding
The upsurge in bull riding has made Black River the leading manufacturer
of bull and rodeo chutes and the top supplier of complete complexes.
The design of the double-deck loading ramp for export cattle at the
Townsville Wharf was one of the most recent challenges and highlights
for the company.
The Heferens gratefully acknowledge that many features of their equipment
are the result of suggestions from clients and friends.
Black River Cattle Equipment Company has learnt from the experiences
of others and incorporated the necessary changes so that its product
has become a better management tool for the cattle industry and will
serve many primary producers well into the future.