Machinery & Products

Wrangler makes hoof work easy

By Dairy News

THE WRANGLER dairy crush, popular in New Zealand dairy sheds, is now available in Australia through De Wit Trading.

“I had a farmer ask if I could import one in for him. I looked into it and thought this is brilliant and just what is needed here,” Laurens De Wit said.

The Wrangler was developed by farmers to enable them to trim hooves safely and easily.

“Not only is it safe for both the cow and farmer, it is quick and easy for just one person to operate and solid enough to last for years”, Mr De Wit said.

A key concept of the Wrangler is its double belly straps, which immobilise and relax the animal.

The back hoof is then winched to a supporting bar while the front hoof is winched onto a wooden cradle and held securely with a second rope.

Mr De Wit said although designed for lame cow treatment, the Wrangler can be used for a range of husbandry tasks including calving, dehorning, and caesareans.

The range includes road registered Pro models for veterinarians, Race units for at the cowshed, and Premier Wranglers for mobile paddock or run off use.

“The Premier is especially popular as an in-paddock calving pen during spring, and a hoof and general crush during the milking season. The Wrangler’s winch can be used as a calving jack for use with difficult calvings,” he said.

Mr De Wit said the Wrangler was well received when exhibited at AgFest Tasmania, Farm World Warragul, and International Dairy Week in Shepparton. It will be exhibited at the South Gippsland Dairy Expo.

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