WINNER OF THE 2007 RHASS GOLD MEDAL FOR TECHNICAL INNOVATION
The NT2 BIBBB Catcher Crate Tractor Mounted Cattle Pen
The BIBBB Catcher Crate was developed for the easier management of grazing cattle. It measures approximately 10 feet by 7 feet, the longer dimension in line with the length of the tractor.
Ideally mounted on the front of the tractor (three point hitch or foreloader) or telescopic handler, the operator can approach cattle in the field without disturbing them — there should be nobody on foot, no dogs, no bikes — just the tractor. Once caught, the animal can be walked to a new location - this is ideal for retrieving strays, moving bulls, loading floats and adjusting field numbers etc.
If the animal being caught is to be handled, there is a simple internal crush. The handling of cattle and calves in the field is potentially a dangerous job. Tagging newborn calves in the prescribed 27 day period after birth, is one of the more dangerous operations to be performed on a farm and should never be attempted alone. However, the BIBBB Catcher Crate allows a cattleman to tag/treat newborn calves safely on his own. This is done by catching the calf in the crate, keeping the possessive mother outside the crate and separate from the operation.
Although the basic layout of the BIBBB Catcher Crate is unchanged since it was awarded a Silver Medal in 1999 (then called the Rancher Catcher Crate and not to be confused with the wheeled Ranger crate which never went into production), the Mark II version incorporates the following improvements:
1. Repositioned internal crush
2. Addition of yoke to catch cow’s head.
3. Addition of slide ring to attach halter rope.
4. Addition of optional calf nest.
5. Addition of dedicated calf gate into calf nest.
6. Addition of personnel access gate for cattleman/operator.
7. Addition of toolbox.
1. The original crush was at right angles to the direction of travel. By turning it through 90 degrees, the cow now faces the tractor which gives access to the rear of the beast to allow calving, P.D., A.I., etc. The bottom rail of the wing gate has been removed to allow access to the udder.
2. The yoke is provided to hold the cow’s head. It is recommended that cattle should not be left held in the yoke - but rather be haltered and the halter attached to the slide ring.
3. Should the haltered beast attached to the slide ring go off her feet, the slide ring slides precluding the risk of choking or hanging.
4. Where an animal of any age will walk very readily in the BIBBB Catcher Crate, a newborn calf will not. The Calf Nest is a box with its own floor which carries the calf. It is designed in such a way that when not required, it folds flat against the side of the BIBBB Catcher Crate taking up very little space.
5. The Calf Gate gives access to the Calf Nest from outside the crate.
6. The Personnel Gate situated on the left hand hydraulic gate is to give easier access for the operator.
7. The removable Tool Box is of sufficient size to allow all required kit (tags, bottles, ropes, syringes etc.) to be carried and be easily accessible.
Safety on farms is becoming ever more imperative - this at a time when the number of farm staff is shrinking. These two facts make the BIBBB Catcher Crate an invaluable tool for the livestock farmer.
The NT2 BIBBB Catcher Crate was awarded the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland's Gold Medal in 2007
The NT2 BIBBB Catcher Crate was awarded the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland's Silver Medal in 1999
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