Came across this video today and thought I’d share. The name of this device is the Safety Zone calf catcher. It’s designed to attach to an ATV. It helps make it easier to catch calves for vaccinating and to keep you safe from mom in the process. My dad actually improvised a similar device years ago by curving a wire panel fence into a circle so he could carry it with him and put it over the calf. This device is a big improvement though because it reduces the risk of falling while catching the calf, has a much sturdier design, and has the inner gate to help hold the calf still. Costing around $2,000, it is more expensive than a foot hook or a wire panel fence, but it’s a huge improvement in safety and convenience.
When I did a quick search to look for alternate products, I also came across a website from the Wisconsin extension that shows a similar homemade device that can mount to the back of a small tractor. The website includes a set of plans for building your own. The plans don’t include the inner gate that the Safety Zone version has, but it would be easy enough to add one if you want. They didn’t mention how much it cost to build their prototype, but if you have the time to build your own, you might be able to save some money.