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Bumper Mount Calf Carrier
"I got the idea sitting on a pickup endgate at 3 a.m. in the morning holding a struggling calf and staring into the face of an upset cow while my wife drove the pickup," says Marvin Miller, Gackle, N. Dak.
He started experimenting with different solutions. First he tried a barrel attached to the endgate but cows wouldn't follow be-cause the calf wasn't exposed enough. That's when he got the idea of using canvas straps to support the animal.
The carrier weighs just 25 lb. and consists of two canvas slings. It'll support up to 400 lbs. It mounts in seconds without tools in hitch pin hole on any pickup bumper. It's held in place with straps on each side that hook over the forward edge of the bumper and by a padded chain hook that hooks over the top of the tailgate.
Another advantage is that ear-tagging and dehoming can be done in the carrier.
It worked so well his neighbors starting borrowing it. Soon Miller, who raises Hereford-Simmental cattle on a 2,700-acre spread, decided to manufacture the carrier.
Sells for $159.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Calf Carrier, Inc., P.O. Box 214, Gackle, N. Dak. 58442 (ph 800 628-3791).

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #1