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1. a device used to restrain large animals especially cattle and horses. It is a small stall into which the animal is encouraged to walk. The head is fixed, in cattle by a head bail, the back is closed and the animal can then be examined or treated. The quality of the chute depends on its freedom from injury to the animal and the operator and the accessibility of the animal for the procedures to be conducted. Speed of throughput is also an important consideration when large numbers are to be handled in repetitive treatments and quick-release gates are an essential part of the unit. Called also stocks, crush.
2. a similar crate or stall at a rodeo in which a wild animal can be saddled and mounted before being released to buck with the rider.
one where the functions of closing the head catch, closing the tail gait and applying the side-squeeze are done hydraulically using separate controls for each function. Installed on operations where large numbers of cattle are being handled to relieve the manual labor associated with hand operated levers.
other special chutes are available including those which include tilt tables, hoof repair platforms, and mobile chutes.
one in which the sides of the chute can be moved inwards by a lever to squeeze and restrain the animal from moving. Common chutes used for beef cattle.