Tired of calves flailing about when you try to use an esophageal feeder? Then, try this homemade restraint system for young calves.
It is constructed from a 12-inch diameter piece of PVC pipe, cut in half with rounded holes cut for each leg and the umbilical cord. The pipe section is mounted onto a four-legged stand welded together from iron pipe. Flat metal irons are used to create a cradle to hold the pipe.
The only thing employees at this Colorado dairy would have done differently in the design is to make the stand shorter. That way, calves wouldn’t have to be lifted as high to be put into it.