Whitko Career Academy Livestock Gate Project

From Concept to Completion


The Agricultural and Welding Departments at WCA teamed up this past month to design and produce livestock panels for the Ag show barn. The show barn is located on the south side of the academy property and the panels are one of the academy’s first cross curricular project-based learning efforts. From concept to completion, this project was researched, designed, and produced by students under WCA instructor supervision.

Pictured from left to right in the front row: Morgan Miller Cody Wilson, Dale Lehman, Andreu Rider, Jacob Westerberg, Ethan Wunder, Shane Shepherd, Aiden Hoffman, Ethan Neer, John Osterman, Caiden Sattison, Kennedy Templeton, Dylan Black, Jesse Elder, Blaine Stump. Back row:Robert Carpenter. Not pictured: Jeff Farmer, Sean Walls, and Haley Whelpley.

Pictured from left to right in the front row: Morgan Miller Cody Wilson, Dale Lehman, Andreu Rider, Jacob Westerberg, Ethan Wunder, Shane Shepherd, Aiden Hoffman, Ethan Neer, John Osterman, Caiden Sattison, Kennedy Templeton, Dylan Black, Jesse Elder, Blaine Stump. Back row:Robert Carpenter. Not pictured: Jeff Farmer, Sean Walls, and Haley Whelpley.

After their early research in late March, students decided on a gate plan that could serve multiple purposes. As a result, it would allow the gate materials to divide the livestock containment area into sections, be removable for outdoor applications, and be utilized for events like the state livestock contest hosted by Purdue Agriculture at WCA on May 15th this past weekend.

Due to the timing of the Covid-19 pandemic; however, fabrication began later than expected and students began fabrication in April providing a shorter timeline for completion by May. Twenty-three interlocking panels, in total were constructed by students using 1” by 14” gage square tubing, number 9 cattle panels. The interlocking system was custom designed by WCA students in-house.

The project was completed and delivered prior to May 13th, and the panels were first used at the annual Ag Day event which introduces elementary students from Pierceton and South Whitley Elementary Schools to Whitko Agriculture.

Image of the completed custom gate built in house at WCA by the Welding and Fabrication Department.

Image of the completed custom gate built in house at WCA by the Welding and Fabrication Department.

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