The calf catcher is made of very high quality, all welded construction. It has been tested over multiple terrains including hills, rocks, holes, flat ground, etc. The catcher has the ranchers safety in mind. The cage protects the rancher from the cow when working the calf. The cow can smell and see the calf through the cage.
There is also an optional back gate and calf carrier. We hardly ever sell a catcher without this option. The price of $1,700.00 does include the calf carrier.
This feature is very beneficial for tagging, vaccinations, tattooing, weighing and banding as it securely restrains the calf permitting one person to safely proceed with the mother closely watching. It is also very useful when calf needs to be moved to another location as necessary to warm calf or to move to another pasture after calving with its dam trailing behind. The calf holder/carrier folds down making it easy to handle the calf in a easier stand-up position for processing as compared to wrestling the calf on the ground…while watching out for the protective mother. Importantly, the back gate can be safely opened from inside the cage or from the ATV and the calf can be reunited back with its mother. The cow will follow because she can see, hear and smell the calf.
Mounting the Catcher onto ATV
The calf catcher is very easy to hook on and off of the ATV. It has a 2″ ball that mounts to the front of the ATV and another 2″ ball that mounts on the back of the ATV. This helps to stabilize the catcher and make the calf catcher and ATV move as one unit. The front hitch swings out to let the ATV drive away after unhooked with ease. A jack stand is also included. This also helps with the hooking on and off process as the catcher does not need to be lifted off of the ground. It will always stand upright as long as the jack stand is put down when unhooking.