Kilkenny dairy farmer and engineer – Thomas Kenny – turned a labour-saving innovation into a thriving business.
He created the Calf Barrow to lift and carry freshly born calves and those up to three weeks of age. “It allows the animal to be pulled from the ground straight into the barrow ready for transport.” Thomas Kenny explained.
The design prevents the calf from escaping from the barrow when placed on its back, while with the insertion of a blanking plate, it can be utilised for the transportation of loose material, according to its inventor.
Over 700 have been sold throughout Ireland and UK, with over 20,000 calves moved using the Calf Barrow annually; the product has been tested on various enterprises including dairy; suckler and pig farmers, the business claims.
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Image source: Thomas Kenny \ Calf Barrow’s Twitter page.