2003 - Volume #27, Issue #1, Page #43[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Unique Cattle Paddles
Over the years I've used both wood canes and plastic "shaker" paddles. I prefer paddles because they aren't so rough on the cattle, but they aren't as easy to handle because they don't have the hooked handle that canes have. With a cane, you can hook it on your arm or the fence for a minute if you need to do something else. You could also use the hook to grab a gate and pull it open, saving yourself steps.
I decided to combine the best of both worlds by cutting off the handle on my paddle and replacing it with the top half of a broken cane. My new sorter is handier because I can hook it over my arm or on the fence but still have the noise-making ability of the "shaker" paddle. (Bob Munro, Box 4, Busby, Alberta, Canada T0G 0H0 ph 780 349-2110)
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