Darroll Grant wrote:We saw a new design a couple years back. No vertical slats.
Several years ago, by accident (a broken board in a lambing panel), we stumbled onto something similar to what Darroll describes. Visualize a 34" high panel made of 1x6 horizontal boards, 3 boards tightly together at the bottom, 2 more at the top spaced 3-1/4" apart. Now remove the board second from the top, thereby leaving a full 12" open space under the top board, and flip the panel upside down. You end up with a solid visual barrier at eye level for ewes wondering what's on the other side, plus a 1x6 board that lambs easily hop over as they pass through the 12" horizontal opening. We now use this type of creep panel exclusively. It handles our lambs to weaning without needing adjustment, and our experience has been that it is far more effective for keeping squirmy yearlings out than are panels with vertical openings. Super tall sheep (or jumpers) would need a higher panel . . . mine are only 34" high so that I can easily step over them.