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Old 03-31-2024, 11:36 PM
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It's going to be very difficult to force us to feast on insects, Turdeau has plans for us.
But this time of year is all about babies being born. My customer came to me with a Ticktok video which was fairly useless, and wanted me to make a calf carrier for their quads. The useful thing about the ticktoc vid was it showed a carrier at right angles to the ones shown on Youtube. The Utube ones left me shaking my head
So this is the second one I've done, and I had to build a hitch receiver for it first, as this quad never had one. My design sort of needs a receiver tube.
It's fairly simple to use. You grab the calf and slide it in from the end, feet off the ground it's going nowhere. A chain or bungy across the rear and you can drive it to the barn or wherever, and it won't come out. If you are ear tagging and doing the vitamins and other inoculations in the field, you can put a strap over the neck support and go to work.
If it is an abandoned calf it is easy for one person to deal with and transport to shelter.
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If it is an abandoned calf it is easy for one person to deal with and transport to shelter.
It doesn't look very comfortable...

But unique, thoughtful job! I can honestly say I will probably never build one of those in my lifetime...
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It doesn't look very comfortable...

But unique, thoughtful job! I can honestly say I will probably never build one of those in my lifetime...

We were watching Yellowstone yesterday and one scene where they were branding the calf’s and shots. I’m wincing at the hot branding iron on the calf skin, BIL says they don’t feel a thing. I’m thinking they cry a bit, so they feel it. But since they don’t speak our language, we don’t care how much they cry.


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Old 04-01-2024, 02:17 PM
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This one is featured on da Tube, comments are "why are the front legs dragging"? The calf in it looks real uncomfortable
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I think your sideways mount does a few things. It helps to keep the weight closer to the atv. It minimizes the effect that drops and hills will have, the you tube one you show, if the rear of the bike drops in a hole, the front legs of the calf will be hitting even more. And since the calf is trying to see where it’s going, as well as mama behind, the sideways travel may help keep it a little more settled as it can see both easier.


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I like the idea but personally I'd rather see two hoops of pipe on the sides rather than the four bits of flat bar sticking up. or even a surface rather than bars. maybe some blue barrel cut to make more of a sling for the calf to lie on.

I assume blue barrels are as ubiuitous in canadian livestock farming as they are here?
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Is there a chance the legs will be caught in the tires?
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Old 04-02-2024, 08:48 AM
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I like the idea but personally I'd rather see two hoops of pipe on the sides rather than the four bits of flat bar sticking up. or even a surface rather than bars. maybe some blue barrel cut to make more of a sling for the calf to lie on.

I assume blue barrels are as ubiuitous in canadian livestock farming as they are here?
Thankfully we are not in Europe. We are not concerned with jackets for our cows, as they were out in -49.9C for 3 days in January. We have a Dutch clown advocating for that here. This carrier is all about operator comfort, not cows. If you have to lift a fighting, kicking 150 lb calf high enough to drop it into a comfortable cradle, your back will call it quits very soon. This way you grab the tail and the neck and slide it in. They are not pets.


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Is there a chance the legs will be caught in the tires?
Yes they will, if a calf is able to kick at right angles to it's chest for a distance of 16 inches.
I have provision for a plywood shield for quads that do not offer the clearance that a Honda or BRP does. So far no one is using anything smaller than a Honda Rancher.
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Old 04-02-2024, 09:01 AM
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I think your sideways mount does a few things. It helps to keep the weight closer to the atv. It minimizes the effect that drops and hills will have, the you tube one you show, if the rear of the bike drops in a hole, the front legs of the calf will be hitting even more. And since the calf is trying to see where it’s going, as well as mama behind, the sideways travel may help keep it a little more settled as it can see both easier.


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And also the quad operator can easily keep an eye on the animal.
Last year with a hot spring and then 4 days of cold and rain there was an epidemic of pneumonia and dying calves. They lost 12 calves, but caught the rest with shots and such. If you have a sick calf, as happened, having a neck support is good, as it prevents rolling sideways when the head droops.
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Yes they will, if a calf is able to kick at right angles to it's chest for a distance of 16 inches.
It is hard to visualize without a calf in place. At first I envisioned the calf laying on its side until I watched the video. Still looks uncomfy.

And my thought on the legs getting caught were mainly from an economic standpoint. I don't know if they are too young for veal...
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