Curved handling systems built from wood are a cost-effective alternative to steel. Wood is ideal for small and medium-sized ranches. The post layout is the same, but the curves are in 4-foot (1219) straight sections. Treated posts or railroad ties make good fence posts, and 2-inch (50) x 6 inches (152) treated boards make good solid sides. Bolting the boards to the railroad ties makes replacing broken or rotting boards easy. Facilities constructed from wood should use steel gates. You can hang steel gates on wood posts.
Using wood for large ranch operations or feed yards is discouraged because it does not hold up against heavy use. After years of use, the maintenance of wood facilities increases, whereas steel facilities may need repainting only after four or five years. Consult with the best cattle handling facilities design.