Our Customers Share Their Experiences!
My Safety Zone Calf Catcher is the best thing since sliced bread! My son gave it to me as a birthday present and I’ve used it through two calving seasons so far. AND I LOVE IT!!!
I’m in my late sixties and do all my baby calf processing alone. No more fighting off protective mamas. And I find it additionally helpful for bringing in a set of twins or a calf that’s not nursing well. Also, I can catch ill calves out with their mamas, treat them on site or bring them home for further attention. Good mama cows follow their babies easily.
I wish I had our catcher decades ago. I feel 100% safe in it! And it causes very little stress on the babies and saves lots of time. Wouldn’t want to be without it!!!
- Kathy Danner, NE
"We run a small herd of about 50 registered Brangus momma cows. Occasionally the “Brahman” personality comes out in these ladies, especially when it concerns me getting between them and their new babies.
Whether it is the ability to smell or see the new calf, in either case the chore of tagging and weighing is very simple with the aid of our calf catcher.
Dianne, my wife of 30 years also points out that the cost of the calf catcher is much less than the hospital bill.
This is our third calf crop using your catcher, and I wish we had bought one sooner. Thanks!"
- Lynn Gravely, TX
“My catcher works great, I wish I had found it a few years earlier.”
- Dale Allman, CO
“We use the Safety Calf Catcher on ever calf, also we pair out with it after we process the calf. 99% of the time the cow follows right behind the catcher.”
- Adam Spieker
“Able to catch calves as they are born to tag and castrate. At age 80 I can’t grab them as I once did.”
- Dan Minton, AR
“Excellent protection from wild mothers and assisting in taking calves to barn or other areas, and great for doctoring young calves or banding.”
- Barry Salsman, KY
"Has made working with the babies much safer for us. It also gives confidence to anyone that has been ruffed up before or has not been around the mother cows before. I wish we would have purchased the Safety Zone Calf Catcher years ago."
- Nathan Cole, NE
"The Calf Catcher has definitely made life easier when it comes to catching baby calves to tag or treat them. It sure beats the old way of running across the field with a rope and is so much faster and safer.”
- Peggy Ray, TX
"This is the best tool to use if you are a cattle producer who tags and weighs your calves. My cows are not that aggressive, but it is nice to know that you can deal with calves and not worry about them. Great product, I wish I had bought one before. Easy to assemble and good quality.”
- Glen Leggett, MO
"My cows are not wild. However, I can ease around and catch the new babies daily without putting a strain on myself or the animal. It’s quicker because the calves are caught and all my equip is right with.”
- Ira Smith, OK
"Makes catching, transporting and tagging calves much easier and safer.”"
- Bruce Rickertsen, NE
"This is the best thing since sliced bread. No more fighting the cow, no rush getting the tag in or band on. You only need one if you have calves born on the farm. This is the safest low stress tool on the farm.”
- Lucian Jordan, NC
"Allows me to get new babies up and bring babies and mother to different location without endangering calf and cutting relocation time by 90%. Also, great to gather calf up to give shots, etc. Easy to attach or transport.”
- Davis Nelson, GA
"Quite frankly, I consider the calf catcher the best tool I've ever purchased on the farm. It has already saved several trips to the doctor. I tagged, weighed and vaccinated every one of my 48 calves this year within one day of birth, so my record accuracy improved tremendously. You have a great product. Keep focus on keeping it that way!”"
- Randy Shaw, PA
"This product has been invaluable. It makes the job of doctoring and tagging calves significantly safer. I am grateful for the calf catcher making the process easier!"
- Bob Seely, WY
"Just thought that I would let you know that we have now used the calf catcher and it worked beautifully…it is brilliant!"
- Michael Pincott, NSW, Australia
"We really enjoyed the Calf Catcher this spring. Definitely saved on the old body!"
- Kenny Miller, MO
"I really like my calf catcher. It paid for itself the first time out as needed to catch calf with pneumonia, and it worked great. I recommend it to anyone with a cow-calf operation."
- John Zimmerman, KS
"After all was said and done we have concluded that it was the best use of money that we have made in the last twenty years. It was a huge time saver and labor savor and just simply made calving a much easier task. The cows had never seen one before so their reaction was mostly of bewilderment. It will be interesting to see if they react differently going into the second season of use for it. This is a very well made piece of equipment and it handled all of my concerns with rough terrain and ditches with flying colors."
- Cody Lee, MT
"Using the invaluable Safety Zone Calf Catcher for the 2016 calving, I weighed and tagged all but four of the 365 calves born. A few of our protective cows would have liked to be in with their calves but the Calf Catcher kept them at a respectful distance and seemed to suppress their anxiety with being able to see their calf was safe. It’s also the easiest way to move a cow/calf pair to the yards or to another paddock. A very high quality product, excellently designed and very efficient. (Now nearly 74 years young!)
At the moment we have a young vet student with us participating in their mandatory time gaining experience on cattle (and other livestock) farms. She asked me how long ago had Mr Leo deigned the Safety Zone Calf Catcher. Not knowing the answer, I said I would ask! We’d also be interested to know.
Good to see that CRT is an agent for the Catcher in Australia and we hope that you have sold many more. It’s such a wonderful piece of machinery and makes tagging and weighing calves much safer! Thank you so much for your initiative."
- Jim McGregor, Western Australia
"We love our Calf Catcher! No people or animals have been hurt. The cows are more calm because they can see & smell the calves going to the pairs pasture. It is really a one-man job now!!"
- Bar 4 Ranch, TX
"Should also tell you that after we saw the adverts last year (in the Stockman Grass Farmer magazine) for the Safety Zone Calf Catcher, we looked at their web site, bought one (of what ended up as a shipment of 32 coming to Australia; I think we have the only one in Western Australia) and have found it invaluable during our 2016 just finished calving season. Made life a lot easier for me as I increase in years!!" (73 years young.)
- Jim McGregor, Western Australia
"For me, it's all about safety. With my calf catcher, at 73 years, I have no fear of any cow, and that is mighty important to me and my family. It is safe, and a much easier way to deal with the new borns and their protective mothers. It is quiet, allowing me to go through the cows virtually unnoticed when getting ready to catch a calf. Importantly, the mother cows do not get near as excited as when I used to work new borns the old way. Cows, babies and myself are all far better off because of it.
Last spring, I paired out all 80 pairs to new pastures after processing their calves, and every cow without exception followed the catcher with their calf standing inside the holder. There is not a piece of equipment on the place that can equal the value of my calf catcher. I could not, and would not be in business without it!”
- Laurel Gilbertson, NE
“I love our calf catcher! It works really well.”
- Seth Cooksley, OH
“I absolutely love our catcher! I only wish I would have had it thirty years ago. It has lots of features I haven’t seen before like the drop gate that works as a calf holder at the back. I would recommend to anyone!”
- Larry Jones, ND
“We use our calf catcher in a big feedlot calving program. It is a very good tool that has served us particularly well.”
- Roberto Eismendi, Texas Feeders, KS
“We really like our catcher extremely well. It will cover any type of ground, and I especially like the wide, front gate as it makes it very easy to catch the older calves. The calf holder platform is a really good feature. Bottom-line, we are very satisfied with it and really like how it works!”
- Jim Strand, CA
"Bought my catcher last year for calving season after seeing it advertised. It worked great, just like the video showed! Looking forward to using my catcher again this spring."
- Mike Clough, Highlands Ranch, CO
"Dan, thanks for the instructions. I got it put together over the weekend because we had a late calf that we could try it out on. I was quite impressed with how well I was able to maneuver the ATV with the calf catcher attached, and I caught the calf in a rather uneven field on the first try. Everything went like clockwork, which I really wasn't expecting for the first time. We are very interested in becoming a dealer for the Safety Zone Calf Catcher"
- Charlie Drumheller, VA
“Everybody needs to own your calf catcher, if they own cows. I couldn’t imagine going through a calving season without it. Both cows and their calves remain quite during tagging and vaccinating. It works perfect!”
- Gary Theurer, KS
“This is an incredible product that everyone that ranches should have on their place!! They are simple to use for anyone, and the safety they offer really puts the mind at ease that this chore can be completed on one’s own without the risk of being mauled. I wish I would have spent the money years ago. My 71 year old dad has tagged all the calves and paired everything out by himself the last two seasons! He can be as active as he wants and as I cannot always be there, I have the peace of mind that he is safe and sound!! That is worth more than any cost, we will never calve again without one!! It really takes the work out of calving!”
- Brad Eik, MT
“We have one of these, works GREAT and our ground is not flat.”
- Jennifer Darlington
“While I'm not to concerned about my cows, I am getting older (73). This makes much easier to catch calves to tag, if I'm not there right away. Once the calves are tagged it so easy to move them to another pasture... and the cow just follows along, that's the part I like the best. And when I need my 4-wheeler for something else the catcher comes right off.”
- Bill Mueller, NE
"The young man who went to work helping me tag calves last year was very anxious about the cows hurting him while he was holding and tagging baby calves. The calf catcher let him get his confidence.”
- Betsy Brown, CO
"When I catch a calf I don't have to worry about the cow getting to me.”
- Joseph Simon, OK
"Safety and comfort for the operator and the cattle. Haven't had a single cow try to breach the cage, some make a lot of noise and orbit but none have hit it, we calve about 160 each year. I'm 58 with 40% VA disability and could not do calves without the catcher.”
- James Coffman, MD
"Our calving process is to calf in a smaller pasture and then move the cow/calf to a larger pasture. Once we catch the calf in the catcher, we tag the calf and move the pairs to the new pasture. It is supper easy as the cow will follow you to the new pasture. BUT, the biggest benefit is the safety. Once you catch the calf and if you have an aggressive/protective mother cow, you are safe within the catcher. I don't know why but I would guess that the catcher saved me at least 10 times this year alone.”
- GERALD WEIGEL, KS
"Has turned tagging and working calves into a one man operation, and made it safer to do it.”
- Jeff Hall , MO
"I am 63 and work alone so I wouldn't be calving without it. It may seem cumbersome at first, but like a zero-turn mower or a skid loader, once you get the hang of it, it's a great asset. You can do a much better job of processing the calf when you don't have to worry about mama! I would recommend it to anyone.”
- Robert Burry, PA
"A lot safer to work calf with a protective moma. I just go about my work and don't worry about her. It seems like they are a lot more at ease when they can see what is going on. They just patiently wait."
- Neal Otto, OK
"Our calf catcher worked as advertised. It was extremely helpful in this year’s calving season."
- Michael Dixon, KY
"The calf catcher is a product that keeps me safe when tagging new born calves. This product works much better than other ones on the market. A very good company to work with."
- Wayne Stewart , KY
“I use my ATV version with scales almost every day to process my newborn calves. It is as handy as a pocket on a shirt. In the past I have been hurt twice by over protective cows. Buying this product is a lot less painful than a trip to the hospital. I really enjoy using the calf catcher!”
- Jim Anderson, DVM, MS
"This calf catcher has been a godsend. I can send my kids out to tag calves and not have to worry. I am really impressed! Wished I would have gotten one years ago as it is a very good investment. I give it an A++ score!"
- Alvin Haan, SD
"I like my calf catcher very well. It saves lives and doctor bills. Planning to purchase a second calf catcher yet this year."
- Terry Hinton, MS
"We are a seedstock producer of registered Brangus cattle which requires that each calf must be tagged, perhaps medicated, checked for color and weighed within 24 hours of birth to develop accuracy for the birth EPD that is so important to our customers. Brangus are noted for their strong mothering instinct and it can be a challenge carrying out this task. The Safety Zone Calf Catcher has vastly improved the safety and ease with which this process is performed. It can be safely done with one ranch hand, whereas previously it usually took more than one person in order to provide protection for the one who was handling the calf – and that just wasn’t safe enough. This product has brought added peace of mind during calving season and is sturdily built for this purpose. We highly recommend it."
- David Wood, Double W Ranch, Magnolia, MS
"When I first installed our calf catcher the boys laughed and said well that will work for an ole man. Two days later when they got bucked by two cows they asked if they could use my calf catcher. So they now do it all and I get to watch."
- Harold Brubaker North Carolina
"After putting the catcher together one morning, I needed to use it that afternoon with a very aggressive 3 year old. Needless to say it worked like a dream. Though it isn't necessary to use every time, it is cheap insurance for the occasional cranky cow preventing a trip to the emergency room, or worse. Thanks for a great product.
We had one of the old red calf catchers and this one is much better. We calve 160 cows in 10 weeks. We work each calf (weigh, vitamin, ear tag, castrate) before 48 hours. We calve in a large pasture and we could not work our calves safely without the Calf Catcher. My wife and I do all the work. She is 69 and I am 71. Overall it is a good tool and essential for our operation."
- Dennis Courtright
"Love my calf catcher. Have 5 more cows to calf this year with all the calves tagged, vaccinated, and banded if they were bulls. It sure made life easier for me with the cattle. I'm a little old lady (64 years, all alone now), and my calves are all worked the day they are born, and I’m not in danger, the momma is not overly upset as she can see and touch her calf at all times, and the calf is not traumatized because it’s all over in 2-3 min. To all you out there still dodging mad momma cows, wrestling big calves, and maybe not getting some of your calves done, the calf catcher is definitely a better way."
- Wanda Thompson, MO
“Your calf catcher was a virtual life saver for us! It sure makes one of the best times of the year, even better!”
- Bud Williamson, WV
“Best investment we ever made! Easy on the calves and great for the cows too.
We rave about the calf catcher to everyone!
We are more than just satisfied with the calf catcher. It saved us this calving season after my shoulder surgery. A couple of weeks into calving we lost the help we’d hired. Then the weather turned bad and we got behind. I don’t know what we would have done without the calf catcher. Almost every cow/calf pair was brought in, processed and sorted into their specific pasture with the catcher. WITHOUT GETTING EITHER ONE OF US HURT!"
- Andy Downs, MT
“I work alone calving out 35-40 pairs every year. There’s no one available to help if something goes wrong. I’m getting older and I’m not as agile as I used to be. The Safety Zone Calf Catcher serves two purposes for me. One, I feel a lot safer with the Calf Catcher around me when I’m working on a calf. Two, it is so much easier catching the calf! The flip down calf shelf on one end lets me control the calf completely. No more wrestling calves on the ground.”
- Daryn Bernard, MI
“Wow!!! I simply do not know how we did it before. Without question, the best investment that I’ve ever made! If for any reason that I would need another one, I’d buy it and know how good of a deal I was getting.”
- Pete Henderson, VA
“Just want you to know that we like our catcher very well. I am 96 years old and am active in calving along with my son. It has helped us out a lot, and we could not be more pleased with it. No concern now of getting hurt, which is probably a relief to my family. I really enjoy the calving season, and now the catcher makes it even more so and safe at the same time.”
- Maurice Palmer, NE
"During calving season, I always dreaded having to pick up and move calves around during processing. With my Safety Zone Calf Catcher, it is definitely a more enjoyable experience. You don't have to rush yourself and look out for a concerned mother cow. With our calf catcher, I can catch newborns, as well as calves that are three or more weeks old. I have seen other calf catchers on the market and none of them are as well made. The Safety Zone Calf Catcher rides smootahly, quietly and mounts quick and easy."
- Brian Blauhorn, NE
"Our catcher works very well. We especially like how it permits us to quietly work calves in the group without stirring things up, that can sometimes happen.
We calve a good number of cows in a short period, thus processing our new calves with the catcher is much easier and safer now."
- Gary Nixon, TX
"I was very skeptical about buying one of these calf catchers, but everything you read and see about them is true. I would not trade mine for all the tea in China!"
- Joe Metcalf, NE
“What a valuable improvement for our operation, not only perfect for banding and tagging great for moving calves. No more lifting calves to get them to shelter. Recommended for one man operations. We work in town, and others were not always there when help was needed. Now, no more having to wait on anyone.”
- Allen Lippert, KY
“Best product I ever had on the ranch, besides my border collie!”
- Bob Kavli, CO
“I bought my husband one for Christmas. He loves it. Our ground is not smooth by no means. Rough territory, Brangus mamas, safer than anything we’ve tried. Calves are not choked by rope, cows are intimidated by it.”
- Beth Drake, MS
"At 70 years old I was looking for an easier way to catch and hold calves for banding, ear tagging, etc. This Safety Zone Calf Catcher has worked out well. It is so much safer to use this than to take a chance on a mother cow charging you and you possibly getting seriously hurt.
I know of a man a couple of counties over who was nearly killed by a cow when he went to work on her newborn calf. He had his ribs broken, back broken, pelvis broken, you name it. Not only that, she came back on him four times and worked him over again each time. He just barely survived and spent a good deal of time in the hospital. That, and a few instances I've had over the years, convinced me there had to be a better way to work these calves out in the field. This calf catcher is the solution.”
- Robert Galloway, AR
"Catcher works very well, is easy to hitch and unhitch, and protects excellently from the cow.”
- Mike Siekmann, WI
"I am very satisfied with the product. It is very safe and easy for a person to catch a calf. No stress for the cow, the calf and the breeder. A very obvious purchase!!!! Despite the distance (France) I have dealt with competent people and very professional."
- YANNICK LABAN, FRANCE
"Catches the calves fine - the thing I like best is the cow follows so you can get the pair pulled without messing with the whole herd.”
- Dan Bartels, NE
"This product made tagging and processing calves easier and safer. Excellent company to deal with. No complaints.”
- Jeff Lane, CO
"It has made handling calves much easier and safer. Our cows for the most part are docile, but knowing we have the added safety of the Safety Zone Calf Catcher has truly allowed us to operate more efficiently. Hands down the best customer service I have had in years.”
- Cole Kilpatrick, IA
"Worked better than expected in rough ground, felt safe, cows never tried to come thru or rock cage. Worked 80 calves, banded, tagged, and gave blackleg to myself, never felt like I was going to die in cage.”
- Justin Georg, KS
"It is very helpful as I am 71 years old and cannot move like I once could and I am on the ranch all alone and don't want to get hurt. I trade cows and always have new cows here. It is a great help and allows me to do what I love for a little bit longer."
- Leroy Sipes, MN
"Never has tagging a calf been easier or safer. Momma cows are not near as nervous when they can smell their calves and you are safe."
- Gary Reimer, OK
"Wife and I are getting a lot slower. Calf catcher made it simple, safe and easy to tag newborn calves. Cows don’t get excited and the operator is basically SAFE. Both of us feel better when the other is out tagging calves. Great purchase and everything went as it should. "
- Larry Insley, SD
"I am very happy with my calf catcher as it is a very good product. Have processed a number of calves that I would have never been able to get to because of their protective mothers."
- Brett Swope, TX
"From a 67 year old guy in Wyoming the calf catcher is a life saver. Catch all calves by my self. Doctor and band. Now my wife is much safer. Works great. Calves and cows are much calmer."
- Pat Realing. Lander, WY
"Hi Dan, just want to say that calving season went very well with my calf catcher. Tagging and banding calves was quick and easy, and safe!!! I work by myself and I am on the wrong side of 50. My cows start calving the end of April on a quarter section of pasture with some bush. By using the calf catcher I got from you, calving was fun. I even bought some more cows!! The Safety Zone calf catcher is a life changer, and I would have to say it is one of the best tools I ever bought."
- Brian Kruk, Virden, Manitoba
"Your calf catcher has greatly improved our safety while tending newborn calves, we never have to worry about being blindsided by an overly protective mother. We even lead cows to the pens using their captive baby. I am near 70 and have had several close calls before purchasing the Calf Catcher. Thank you!"
- Doyle Smith, Oklahoma
"We should of invested in a calf catcher years ago. My husband wouldn’t of been knocked down all those times, he would have been protected from that. We only got to use it one year before my husband passed away. But it was the best thing we ever did. My Son uses it now and he likes it too. Thank you!"
- Deanna Schlereth, Dodge City, Kansas
"The calf catcher has been a great addition to our farm for the calving season. It has enabled me to accurately weigh and tag our new born calves with ease without upsetting the dam and then we were then able to move the cow and calf to a new paddock. Definitely one of the best pieces of equipment we have purchased for our stud."
- Peter Larsen, Coldstream Poll Hereford Stud, NSW, Australia
"I have been using the calf catcher for our spring and now fall calves. What a pleasure to use! My wife and I are 68 years old and we just about had our clock cleaned this spring by a protective momma cow before getting our catcher. We now have total safety confidence and are stress free when working new born calves.
We purchased the digital scale and it works great as we raise registered Angus cattle. The scale makes it a piece of cake to record their birth weights.
I would highly recommend the calf catcher."
- Jerry Henshaw, OK
“The calf catcher is very easy to use and provides lots of safety. We use it every calving season and could not imagine calving without it!”
Bruce Chrestiansen, IA
“Our catcher is AWESOME! We have lots of wild range cattle, and we calve on rough ground. It is very valuable for a one-person outfit, and it is a tool that I would not be without”
- Craig Oceanak, WY
“It works great! Safe and very easy to process calves. Would not be without it! Thanks for the great workmanship.”
- Marvin Schultis, NE
“Our catcher works wonderfully! We processed 100% of our calves with it and had no problems, and that includes dealing with some of our wilder cows. It certainly has made our calving season easier and safer!”
- Bryan Shomo, Shomo AG LLC, VA
“Just wanted to let you know, I have been using the calf catcher for three months and I’m very pleased with my purchase. Prior to receiving my calf catcher the process of tagging and measuring our registered calves was a rodeo. But, At 71 years old I needed a safer, better system and the calf catcher proved to be the answer.
I am a retired mechanical engineer that worked in fabrication and mechanical design my whole career and I can assure you this calf catcher is well built and designed. It would be hard for me to improve on the design and the fabrication quality. It is very simple to use, and it works!”
- Bill Helms, TX
“Just a note to tell you how well we like our catcher. I have a friend who has another kind, but my Safety Zone catcher is heavier built and does not rattle around like his, which is very important in catching calves. It is great for the problem cows!”
- Dennis Dowell, KS
"I run a 500 head cow/calf operation in Illinois.
Last winter I had both hips replaced and knew I had to do something in order to get my calves tagged. I have been injured by cows many times over the years and knew I couldn't afford to get hurt. After seeing the Calf Catcher in a magazine I called Dan and told him to send me a one.
My son and nine year old granddaughter used the calf catcher and tagged the calves without anybody getting hurt. This is an amazing tool and if I'd had it 50 years ago I'd have a lot less aches and pains."
- Neil Skiles, IL
"We love our calf catcher! It helped us in calving with each situation from tagging to treating sick calves."
- John & Mary Block, NE
“I am happy to share with you the success we have had with our calf catcher. We run a small herd of about 50 registered Brangus momma cows. Occasionally the “Brahman” personality comes out in these ladies, especially when it concerns me getting between them and their new babies.
Your claims of a cow being better with the situation is certainly correct. Whether it is the ability to smell or see the new calf, in either case the chore of tagging and weighing is very simple with the aid of your device.
Dianne, my wife of 30 years also points out that the cost of the calf catcher is much less than the hospital bill.
This is our third calf crop with you device and I wish I had bought one sooner”
- Lynn Gravely, TX
“I am 65 years old and run about 100 cows, and my catcher makes my life a lot simpler and safer. I have recommended it to a number of other producers that I am sure you’re hearing from. I absolutely love it!”
- Mike Shelton, TX
“Our catcher is quite an outfit! Wished I had one long ago. I really like it!”
- Tom Hess, WI
Facebook Customer Comments
“This will be my 3rd year using one. I love it!! We don't have calm cows and I've never had a problem with anything hitting it. I'm 62 and I tag 600 calves a year, no problem. I have hauled calves a month old but you need to put a strap owner their backs so they can't jump out. I highly recommend this to anyone.”
- Joan Bolln