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How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?

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Subject : How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-14 8:27 PM
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I realise this is sort of a silly question, but I have a load of cows to pick up and haul friday. I have a brand new 7' x 24' Sooner Ranch stock trailer and I'm wondering if 8 cows will fit.

 

How many do others haul in their 24' trailers?

 

 


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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-14 8:49 PM
Post #103378 - In reply to #103377

Should fit!!
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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-14 8:49 PM
Post #103379 - In reply to #103377

I used to haul cows for my FIL... he always got alot more than 8 in that size trailer... He would pack it full!!!
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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-14 9:19 PM
Post #103380 - In reply to #103377

Even big cows will fit. Do you have one or 2 cut gates in the trailer. I'd keep em in the front 1 or 2 compartments, don't let em have full run of the trailer, you will have a real shifty load and some down cows.
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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-15 2:57 AM
Post #103385 - In reply to #103377

Depends on how big the cows are...
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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-15 6:49 AM
Post #103392 - In reply to #103377

We have a 16 ft stock and I have hauled 5-6 in it no problem.  Larger beef cattle.  We did use a cut gate and divided the load 1/2 in front and 1/2 in back so they couldn't move as much and shift the load.  You should have no problem with 8 in a 24 ft trailer.
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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-15 7:37 AM
Post #103393 - In reply to #103377

Yeah they are Big cows, they are donor cows coming back from an Embryo transplant facillity so none of them are small.

And I'm going a little over 500 miles, so I don't want them to be tight. They will be on the trailer for about 8 hours.

 

I'll see how they look once I get them loaded. Should work I think.


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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-15 7:56 AM
Post #103395 - In reply to #103377

 

 If they are grown, you'll have a load, size as well as weight....

 


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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-15 8:15 AM
Post #103397 - In reply to #103377

gate em 4 on front 4 on the back  and if you can drive 500 miles in a little truck and  gooseneck with 12500 lbs on it you should consider bullhauling


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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-15 12:23 PM
Post #103407 - In reply to #103377

My trailer actually has two centre gates so I'm thinking of putting 5 in the front, leave the front gate open and put 3 on the rear partition.
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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-15 12:39 PM
Post #103408 - In reply to #103377

In my opinion, you will want to "pack em tight" if you can. You get a cow wondering around in a trailer and it can become a real driving challenge. That's a lot of weight moving around at 65 MPH!!!!! They are not like hauling horses.
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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-15 12:54 PM
Post #103409 - In reply to #103408

I agree with the 4 in front and 4 in rear. Close both gates. Less movement that way. Cattle will keep their feet. Just safer all the way around for you and the cattle.
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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-15 1:33 PM
Post #103413 - In reply to #103377

While we're on this topic, let me ask one too. How many 600 pound steers can I get in a 16 foot stock? It has a center gate.
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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-15 1:47 PM
Post #103416 - In reply to #103377

I can't put 4 in front and 4 in the rear with 2 centre gates, there is 3 compartments. So I'll eithe load them 3, 3 and 2 or 5 and three and leave one gate open.

 

I don't want them to be too tight, these are valuable donor cows.

I won't hul all 8 if they look too tight.

 

  I have hauled hundred of cattle thousands of miles in Stock trailers and Liners so it's not new to me. I'm just unsure how many of these big girls will fit in my new trailer since this will be it's first load and I previously had a 6X 20' gooseneck.

 

 

 

 


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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-15 2:03 PM
Post #103420 - In reply to #103416

Leave the middle compartment empty or do it 3, 2, 3, but I personally wouldn't haul 5 head in a compartment that is 8 X 16. How I haul my valuable donor cows is 5 per compartment that is 7 x 10.


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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-15 3:12 PM
Post #103428 - In reply to #103377

So you are saying you haul 10 mature cows on a 20'?

 

Wow, that sounds tight to me but mabe they aen't as big.

 

Some of these cows are VERY big!


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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-15 3:23 PM
Post #103430 - In reply to #103377

16 foot trailer, how many six hundred pound steers?
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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-15 4:00 PM
Post #103434 - In reply to #103377

Depends a lot on how wide your trailer is.

 

A 600# steer in a 16 x 7 I would guess, 10 or so.


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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-15 4:02 PM
Post #103435 - In reply to #103377

Correct myself here. 7 x 11. 10 loaded. Unloaded 12,860 pounds ten days ago. St

Don't get me wrong...they are loaded in, but they don't have to wander all over to maintain balance. I still stand by 4 front, empty, 4 rear. If you aren't comfortable with that do 3, 2, 3. Load heavy in the front and heavy in that back to offset the weight added to the hitch.

AQHA - 14 probably. maybe 15 or 16. Be tight though.


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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-15 4:21 PM
Post #103438 - In reply to #103377

Ok, I can understnad if they are only 1280# cows on average, and on a 22' trailer. Tha sounds like it would work.

 

These girls are big though!

I dn't think their is anyway I'd get 4 cows to fit in each compartment to comfortably ride 500+ miles.

I'll load em friday and if they look tight I'll leave one or two behind.

 

I'll post back what I find!


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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-15 4:29 PM
Post #103440 - In reply to #103377

Found some other info in a book I have. This was from a study for handling beef cattle. The numbers below are the recommended amount of space for the least bruising and falls.

Polled Cattle (non horned) recommended loading space

600 lbs = 8.5 sq ft, 800 lbs = 10.5 sq ft, 1000 lbs = 12 sq ft, 1200 = 14.5 sq ft, 1400 = 18 sq ft.

Using this method, I am overloaded by 1/2 cow in each compartment. A 16 x 7 with one cut gate should haul 7 600 pound cattle per compartment. An 8 x 24 should haul 3.5 to 4.5 1200 to 1400 pound cows per compartment.


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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-15 4:45 PM
Post #103441 - In reply to #103377

Thanks for the information guys. I will push 12 in there and see how they look.
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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-15 4:57 PM
Post #103443 - In reply to #103377

Just curious; what breed cattle are you hauling?  We raise registered Limousins and some of my girls are really large.  The donor or flush cows we see at sales are usually pretty expensive.  Good luck with your load and drive safe.  Sounds like you will be carrying many $$$ worth of cargo.
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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-15 4:58 PM
Post #103444 - In reply to #103377

These are Shorthorn cows.

 

Yes some of them are quite valuable.

One girl in particular has produced around $200,000 in progeny and embryos.


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Subject : RE: How many cows fit in a 24' stock trailer?
Posted : 2009-04-20 3:56 PM
Post #103685 - In reply to #103377

So I made it out there and back just fine.

 

  However, those cows were a little heavyier than anybody guessed!

  Loaded them friday morning and noticed my truck was squatting a little bit extra but they had enough room or whatever so away we went.

 

Also noticed I was burning more fuel than normal.

So I rolled accross a DOT scale and was SHOCKED when I grossed 30,118#

Meaning those girls AVERAGED, well over a ton!

 

And one of them was a crossbred recipient!

(much smaller than a big stout, well fed former show cow and now donor)

 

 

Anyway, got out there, no problems, had a good trip. Just hauled 3 bulls back so that was easy.

Rolled in last night at about 10 pm.

1498 miles round trip.

 

  Good times.




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