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Postby alabama » Fri Apr 15, 2005 8:13 am

Thanks for the pics. Very intresting. As for me I use a head catch and mud everwhere. By the way I noticed your catch pin ain't in the shade. I recomend you plant some trees.

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Postby Big Muddy rancher » Fri Apr 15, 2005 8:16 am

Soapweed I went back to look the pics over better and I noticed you are just like me, A rancher with a "middle aged spread" must of made the same mistake I made and married a good cook. :wink: :cowboy:
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Postby Soapweed » Fri Apr 15, 2005 12:31 pm

Big Muddy, I am guilty as charged. :shock: :lol:

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Postby the real jake » Fri Apr 15, 2005 12:39 pm

Hey Soapweed,

I have been thinking about your branding "wheel", and was wondering if there was a way to eliminate the vise grip. I know you said that it is hard on ropes, and I wondered if you could rig up something simular to an eccentric as a brake. Setting it and releasing it might be the hangup. I was thinking of an arc brake lined with a piece of pickup tire for traction.

You may be entirely happy with the way it works for you now, but without seeing your invention, I just had a brainstorm.

Happy branding! We use calf wrestlers, and sometimes nord forks. We won't brand for 5-6 weeks, that is if we get some moisture to keep them around.

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Postby Soapweed » Fri Apr 15, 2005 1:10 pm

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.

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Postby Jinglebob » Fri Apr 15, 2005 4:42 pm

GREAT PICS Soapweed. I assume that Mrs Soap was handling the camera?
How tough is it to set up your "portable snubbing post"? Do you have to dig very deep?
Oh, and my but that Saddletramp is a handsome feller! Makes you see why Mrs. Saddletramp married the old duffer! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

PS. I know he can rope as well as he writes, but is he any dang good at fencin'? :shock: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby mrj » Fri Apr 15, 2005 5:41 pm

Great photo's, Soapweed. Spiffy looking crew, and "invention", too.

I can see we need to get with the paint cans for our ugly portable corrals before branding time. Not gonna happen!

We use the Nordforks and get by pretty well. Think we won't be branding before close to the end of May.

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Postby Sagebrush » Fri Apr 15, 2005 11:01 pm

Soapweed
Thanks for the pics..looks like a neat invention.

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Postby Rowdy Ranch » Sat Apr 16, 2005 4:41 am

Soapweed&Saddletramp-Great pictures and cattle. The country looks good also just need a little moisture. We worked some yesterday as well and did get a few head moved and to pasture and ready to work more. My favorite time of year is calving and then working them and seeing them on lush green grass!!! We use the calf table-guess my husband has too much farmer in him or well it usually goes smoothly and the boys stay out of school a time or two to help work cattle in the spring which they don't seem to mind at all. Well, all of you have a great day.Going to load out some replacement hefs. that were sold this afternoon and go around fence. I will get the kids to run the camera and show me how to post a photo or two. Thanks Soapweed and Mrs. Soapweed

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Postby katrina » Sat Apr 16, 2005 2:40 pm

Soapweed,
Nice pictures. How do you like portable roundtub and alleyway? We have one just like it and really like everything except the headcatch. We are going to change that. Great pictures........

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Postby preston » Mon Apr 18, 2005 8:28 am

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.

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Soapweed,

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.

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Postby Soapweed » Mon Apr 18, 2005 9:26 pm

Preston, I guess I've never used the "imobilizer" that you talk about. As far as our hanging contraption impeding castration, it doesn't seem to. Sometimes if a person is "wrestling" the calf, and holding one hind leg tight while pushing forward on the other calf leg with the toe of his boot, there is too much tension and it is hard to castrate. In that case, it is necessary to tell the wrestler to slack up a bit. With the hanging contraption there is not this undue tension, so in a way it works better. Also the castrator doesn't have to stoop as far down.


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