Country Living Series

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Calf cage photos

Below are photos of the calf cage Don built last summer to bring newborn calves out of the pasture. These photos are to illustrate an article I wrote for Self-Reliance Magazine (a superb spinoff of Backwoods Home Magazine), and are posted so the editor can choose which ones she wants to use.

Editor: Photos 17 through 25 are low-resolution only. Everything else is high-resolution.

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Photo 2

Photo 3 -- Corners are screwed together

Photo 4 -- Calf cage, opened. The roof is hinged in the middle. Horse blanket on the floor.

Photo 5 -- Calf cage, opened.

Photo 6 -- Calf cage, opened part-way

Photo 7 -- Door folded back and resting in open position. Note corner bracket for strength, shelf bracket for strength.

Photo 8 -- Roof hinges.

Photo 9 -- Calf cage with door open

Photo 10 -- slatted sides, some of which came from the old bed frame

Photo 11 -- Hinge in roof

Photo 12 -- Hinged roof

Photo 13 -- Door in "down" position; note unmovable OSB base used to strengthen structure

Photo 14 -- Side made from bed frame

Photo 15 -- Calf cage

Photo 16 -- Calf cage

Photo 17 -- Newborn calf peeking through cage slats: "What's going on?"

Photo 18 -- View from the tractor, driving home with calf cage on the tines

Photo 19 -- View from the tractor, driving home with calf cage strapped to the tines

Photo 20 -- Don driving the tractor with the calf cage strapped to the bucket tines

Photo 21 -- Curious cows following the tractor with a calf in the calf cage

Photo 22 -- Curious cows following the tractor with a calf in the calf cage

Photo 23 -- Curious cows following the tractor with a calf in the calf cage

Photo 24 -- Curious cows following the tractor with a calf in the calf cage

Photo 25 -- Strapping the calf cage to the tractor tines

Photo 28 -- Curious cows (and one horse) following the tractor with a calf in the calf cage

Photo 29 -- Curious cows following the tractor with a calf in the calf cage

Photo 30 -- Curious cows following the tractor with a calf in the calf cage

Photo 31 -- Curious cows following the tractor with a calf in the calf cage

Photo 32 -- Curious cows following the tractor with a calf in the calf cage

Photo 33 -- Curious cows following the tractor with a calf in the calf cage

Photo 36 -- Transporting a newborn calf back from the pasture

Photo 37 -- Curious cows following the tractor with a calf in the calf cage

Photo 38 -- Curious cows following the tractor with a calf in the calf cage

Photo 39 -- Curious cows following the tractor with a calf in the calf cage

Photo 40 -- Curious cows following the tractor with a calf in the calf cage

Photo 41 -- Curious cows following the tractor with a calf in the calf cage

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