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Cattle Sling Moves Downed Or Injured Animals
Double D Family Mat Shop sells woven rubber mats for cattle barns and feedlots (Vol. 36, No. 6). Their latest new product is the Sled n Sling for transporting downed cattle.
  Dale Goetz came up with the basic design at the request of a research center. The 6 by 8-ft. piece of 1/2-in. thick rubber sheet is supported by metal rods, D-rings, and stainless steel bolts. When an animal goes down, it can be rolled onto the rubber sheet and then pulled with a chain like a sled. Or it can be lifted like a sling and moved with a loader.
  Its for farmers, feedlot owners, sales barn owners, vets - anywhere animals need to be moved humanely, says Amber Hutchison, chief operations manager for the Park, Kan., family business.
  Using it as a sled is ideal for an animal that is only injured and still moving. A halter on the animal and a rope tied around the hocks helps protect animals as theyre moved from further injury.
  The Sled n Sling sells for $580 through the Double D website, which includes photos of ways it can be used.
  When not needed the 220-lb. mat can be stored by hanging it over a fence.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Double D Family Mat Shop, Inc., Dale and Dena Goetz, 6606 E. Road 100 S., Park, Kansas 67751 (ph 888 377-2879; www.slednsling.

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