we started using a calf hook too. It just ain't the cowboy way but for some reason when you hook a calf, they don't seem nearly as upset as roping them and it seems like the cows not get quite so mad either. Plus I'm ten feet away from the cow, if they can come up a smell the calf and a human is not holding their baby they calm down and back off. The only problem with that hook is the operator, I have had that hook across my face before, kinda like baling wire!!!!