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Handy Calf Hook
"Response has been tremendous. We sold out of our first production run," says John Lee, co-inventor along with Jim Watt of a new calf hook that lets you catch calves by the hoof from up to 10 ft. away.
"It's a lot easier than roping. It's especially nice when you're catching calves with scours because that can get real messy," says Lee.
The men, who work for United Farmers of Alberta, a Canadian cooperative, got the idea on their own ranches. The device is telescopic, ranging from 6 ft. long when retracted (so it'll fit behind the seat in a pickup) to 10 ft. long when locked in the extended position. The handle is made of lightweight extruded aluminum with a spring steel hook at the end. The hook is heat-treated so it won't bend, unlike an early prototype that bent easily when catching a calf. It hooks the animal just above the hoof and does no damage to the animal. It'll handle newborn calves on up to 3 to 4 months.
Sells for under $40.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, United Farmers of Alberta, 1016 68th Ave. S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2V 4J2 Canada (ph 403 258-4500).

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1989 - Volume #13, Issue #4