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Cattle Trap Catches Wayward Steers
A few years ago, seven 550-lb. feeder steers got loose and wandered around Pigeon River Country State Forest near Wolverine, Mich., from April until Labor Day.The wayward steers were finally re-captured using a cattle trap invented by cow-calf operator Stan Sloan.
"We've used it on pens from 30 to 90 ft. long with great success since that original case," says Sloan.
Key to success of the trap is a "trigger" made out of wood. It mounts at the end of the pen that's opposite the gate. When set, a length of steel cable runs from jaws at the top of the trigger to the gate. A turnbuckle on the end of the cable is held between the jaws. There's a feed pan at the bottom of the trigger. When cattle eat from it, they trip the trigger, shutting the gate behind them.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Stan Sloan, Spring Valley Farm, 17364 Trowbridge Rd., Wolverine, Mich. 49799-9705 (ph 615 525-

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1995 - Volume #19, Issue #3