5 Cattle Contraptions
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1. Equalizer feeder
Rex Martin designed his portable feeder to keep larger, more aggressive calves from eating most of the corn.
Only small calves can enter the center-mounted 9×20-foot feeder.Date Published: March 19, 2015Date Updated: March 20, 2015
2. Bottle rack
Drain and store calf bottles in one compact space with this wall-mounted rack built of PVC.
A PVC cap on the end of each 45° limb makes cleaning easy, says Jared Rutrough.Date Published: March 19, 2015Date Updated: March 20, 2015
3. Sun shade
The 20×40-foot shade from FarmTek on this portable frame blocks 80% of the sun and stands up to strong (60 mph) winds.
Roger McGrew and his neighbor built the frame out of heavy oil field (drilling) pipe. To move it, McGrew attaches a chain to the frame and pulls it slowly with his pickup.Date Published: March 19, 2015Date Updated: March 20, 2015
4. ATV calf catcher
A spring-loaded front gate closes and locks when Arnold Graybill releases a lever just right of the steering.
The enclosure protects the person tagging a calf or doing vet work. With this calf catcher, Graybill says tagging can be a one-person job, if necessary.Date Published: March 19, 2015Date Updated: March 20, 2015
5. Calf shelter
This low-profile shed has runners and tugs, so Phil Ehnle can move it when the bedding gets too thick (there’s no floor).
He says he has easy access into the shed, and both he and mama cows can see the calves. Built from an old grain bin, one side of the structure is enclosed with a stud wall and plywood.Date Published: March 19, 2015Date Updated: March 20, 2015
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