Soapweed wrote:The first prototype was a lot harder on ropes than this new and improved version. Even though we are using old ropes anyway, we've done 230 head without wrecking a rope yet. There is more rubber that meets the rope on this one. It is fun to release the calf once it has been processed. You just flip the clamp on the vice grip, the legs fall down, the calf feels free and kicks once and is gone. We're then ready for the next calf.
That is an interesting configuration you have construced there!
Assuming you are using the knife for castration...with the two back legs drawn up together...doesn't that kind of hide those little fellows a bit...impeding the program/hard to get to...more likely to allow them to regress into the abdominal cavity? Or does the outstretched legs actually assist in making them available to work on?
We use a raised ramp incline(about 2'.....saves the back and knees) shute to the headcatcher and a RAV IM 2000 immobilizer...drop the side gate(with rope/pulley attached) which raises the last section of the shute incline(about 4')(if doing castration) and ..do it...animals seem to be less stressed. Just wondering if you used the immobilizer and went back to the more/somewhat traditional layout/process for a reason?
I know some folks dont't like the immobilizer approach.