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Hydraulic-Powered Cattle Dehorner
"It's nearly effortless. We can dehorn 120 to 150 feeder steers an hour," says inventor-manufacturer Keith Walladge, Keith, Australia, about his hydraulic-powered "Horn-buster" cattle dehorner that uses a hydraulic-powered blade to snip off cattle horns.
He makes a basic model that simply plugs into tractor remotes and sells for about $350. It's controlled using hydraulic levers on the tractor. A second model, with 12-volt fingertip controls, sells for about $800. A third model consists of a self-contained 12-volt powered hydraulic unit that's completely portable. A good battery will power it for several hours and it's quiet so it's less disturbing to animals. Sells for about $1,000. Walladge says he is looking for North American distributors.
Contact: FARM SHOW Follow up, Keith Walladge, P.M.B. 81, "Weampa", Keith, S.A. 5267 Australia (ph/fax 087-578230).

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1993 - Volume #17, Issue #4