1977 - Volume #1, Issue #1, Page #16[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Equip Your Pickup For Punchin' CattleWithout leaving the seat of his pickup, South Dakota rancher Herb Hoffman corrals the most stubborn critters in hi "Cow Catch Carrier."
"I've never driven after an animal I couldn't catch," says Hoffman, who has opened up a plant in Platte, S. Dak., to produce this first-of-its kind chute for working cattle, and for picking up big round bales.
"You can send your wife or youngsters out to catch and bring in animals with this outfit," explains Hoffman. "Since they don't have to leave the driver's seat, you don't have to worry about them being out there alone with an ornery critter."
The all-hydraulic chute is controlled by two switches locate in the cab. Two hydraulic gates, which the driver controls, are opened wide as the pickup moves forward to overtake the animal.
"You'd be surprised at how easy it is to overtake a cow or steer. Before they know what's happened, they're in the chute. And, there's very little danger of hurting an animal," Hoffman points out. "You can treat them on the spot, haul them to headquarters or, if necessary, directly to the vet for treatment." In calving out problem heifers, he sometimes drops off the chute and opens the gates to form a v-shaped temporary holding pen. It's available with an optional hydraulics headpull, and a dehorning attachment.
Hoffman notes that veterinarians are buying the unit as a service to customers. In a few cases, ranchers and other groups have teamed up to buy a unit which is kept in a central location for members to use as needed.
The "Cow Catch Carrier" weighs about 1,000 lbs. and mounts on most any 1/2-ton or larger pickup, or 4 by 4 vehicle. It'll catch and carry animals weighing up to 1,200 lbs. Sells for $2,700, FOB the factory, including pickup mounting brackets.
For more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Herb Hoffman, Cow Catch Carrier Mfg., Platte, S. Dak. 57369 (ph 605 337-3591).
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