About Us

The first thing we like customers to know is that we are cattle people.

Our team comprises experienced working ranch experts who have grown up handling cattle. The second thing I like customers to know is that this is what we do. We don’t sell or service any other brand or type of equipment. Silencer chutes are our main focus. I have been representing Silencer Hydraulic Chutes for over ten years. Growing up in the Sand Hills of Nebraska, I have been working cattle all my life. After years of working cattle with various equipment, I was introduced to the Silencer Hydraulic Chute System and was determined to increase the awareness of increased safety and calm cattle.

All chutes are custom ordered to fit the needs of your operation. With my guidance, I will work directly with the manufacturer to get you the cattle equipment that works with your facilities. After your equipment is finished, I have a reliable and knowledgeable team to help with the delivery and installation of your custom Silencer equipment. Frequently, I have in stock, used Silencer equipment that I have taken in on trade. These pieces do not stick around long so be sure to call and see what I have in stock.

  • Art Leetch

    Founder & Customizing Expert

    My dad was a ranch hand. That’s all I’ve ever known, working feed yards and processing cattle.

    I’d seen some awful ways of doing it, and once I saw how the Silencer worked, how much easier it was on cattle and on operators, I just knew this was how it should be done.

    The thing is, I love cattle, and it really made me unhappy to see all the stress, misery, and pain they had to go through with some of the chutes that were being used.

    That’s what really turned me onto the Silencer Squeeze Chute systems, and it’s why I really love telling people about it.

    Selling a Silencer chute makes me happy, it makes my customers happy, and for sure it makes the animals happy.

    Contact Art: 308-215-0258

  • Joe Sears

    Sales Representative

    Joe was raised on the family ranch south of Valentine, Nebraska. Being the fourth generation of the Sears family to ranch in the Sandhills, Joe was allowed the opportunity to enjoy most phases of the cattle industry. Joe's experience processing cattle through manual squeeze chutes and labor intense facilities has developed a passion for installing and updating fellow cattlemen's livestock handling facilities.

    Joe's favorite thing about the Silencer Chute and FZA Complete System is the confidence he has in it's ability to improve efficiency and create a safer environment for both the operator & livestock. Joe handles sales, customer support, and onsite consultation. If you are considering a new chute purchase or need to schedule a fix, Joe is your man.

    Joe and his family currently live in Granbury, Texas.

    Contact Joe: 817-578-1840

  • Kade Leetch

    Sales Representative

    Kade Leetch is a sales representative for A.L. Silencer Hydraulic Chutes. His responsibilities include marketing the brand and oversight of delivery and installation. Prior to joining the team he helped process feeder cattle where he became an expert at using a Silencer Chute Systems.

    Kade’s greatest strengths are his endurance, drive and perfectionism. He has extensive knowledge of Silencer equipment and cattle safety handling. He is driven by learning all he can about different cattle operations and tactics and how Silencer can contribute to a better run operation.

    Kade also repairs and prepares used Silencer cattle chutes for discount resale.

    When we do not have Kade traveling and exploring the US, he likes to keep tabs on the Nebraska Huskers and enjoys the games with his friends. Go Big Red.

    Contact Kade: 402-741-2170

  • Lauren Leetch

    Office Manager

    Lauren is the Office Manager for A.L. Silencer Hydraulic Chutes. Her responsibilities include maintaining accurate invoicing, billing and staying current with all federal and state regulations.

    Prior to working for her husband Art, she worked in the lending industry in Colorado Springs for 8 years. She gained immense experience in marketing, leadership and strategic business development.

    Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and an MBA from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. She and Art live in Nebraska with their three beautiful daughters.

    In her free time, Lauren enjoys bow hunting and helping her little cowgirls grow their love for horses.

  • Robert Devoe

    Delivery, Installation & Service

    Robert grew up in rural Iowa and Nebraska.
    After high school he joined the army as an intelligence analyst and proceeded to Ft. Huachuca Military Intelligence school. After training he was posted to Ft. Hood Texas where his responsibilities included supervising coordinating and participating in the analysis processing and distribution of strategic and tactical intelligence.

    After leaving the U.S. Army he joined the oilfield as a roustabout and semi driver in southern Texas. He continued this job until moving back to Nebraska and joining the A.L. Silencer Chute team.