1994 - Volume #18, Issue #6, Page #13[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
The "calf caddy" attaches to the back of an ATV or pickup. It can also be pulled on a skid or mounted on a cattle chute to help a newborn calf start nursing, says Diamond Country, Stratton, Neb.
The caddy consists of a steel frame equipped with a pair of rubber-lined cradles that support the calf's chest and flank area. It can be attached to four different mounting units - one designed for an ATV rack, one for a pickup bumper, one for a cattle chute, and one for a skid.
"It makes it easy for the mother to see and smell the calf so she'll follow," says Geoff Burks. "It's lightweight and easy to handle. Handles on front and back let you carry the calf right on the caddy. The calf can't move on the caddy so it's much easier than trying to carry her alone.
The nursing arm that fits cattle chutes works great for helping a newborn calf that hasn't sucked yet and is too weak to stand up. You can swing the calf under the cow with one hand and help her nurse with the other hand."
The caddy sells for $131. The ATV mounting unit sells for $77.68, the nursing arm for $86.67, and the skid for $162.43.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Diamond Country, 307 Bailey St., Stratton, Neb. 69043 (ph 308 276-2610).
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