Driving feedyard cattle from their home pens for processing or shipping can be stressful for cattle and cowboys. At Darnall Feedlot, Harrisburg Neb., feedyard design makes the process easier.

Rows of pens are laid out in a herringbone pattern with a drovers’ alley running behind. An angled gate at the rear of each pen allows cattle to exit in a straight path. When cowboys enter to drive cattle from the pen, they open the gate and push the cattle toward the corner. A clear view down the alley avoids the stress and confusion that can result when they are forced to walk around blind corners.