2021 - Volume #45, Issue #5, Page #36[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
“Catcher” Helps Work Calves On Pasture
Within 4 mos. of the incident, Lacey created a calf catcher out of scrap material. Now he and his son, Andy, build them at their business, The Hay Manager, which specializes in hay feeders, including a new one designed for goats.
With a quick-attach mount, the Calf-Catcher works with a skid steer loader or 3-pt. hitch and is designed to drop down over a newborn calf. Once it is inside, the producer can move into the 5 by 6-ft. box and let down the Marine-grade plywood floor to vaccinate, tag and castrate the calf or move it.
“The nice thing is that when you have the calf in the pen the mother will follow wherever you go,” Lacey says. So, they often load a few calves in the Calf-Catcher and move it to a nearby pasture with the mother cows following.
It’s built out of square tubing on a 1/4-in. angle iron frame. At 66-in. tall, including the legs, it’s tall enough to protect you when you’re inside. A door on the front can be opened to release the calf by pulling a cable from the back of the pen.
Calf-Catcher retails for about $1,500.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, The Hay Manager, 47802 240th St., Trent, S.D. 57065 (ph 605 633-0038; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.thehaymanager.com).
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