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Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Shepherds crook
« on: May 24, 2014, 01:58:26 pm »
I think a shepherds crook would help me to catch the lambs but I am struggling to find a nice one.
Most seems to be for walking purposes rather than being put to work.


Any suggestions?
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Porterlauren

  • Joined Apr 2014
Re: Shepherds crook
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2014, 03:46:12 pm »
No idea where ours came from, but they are all made of steel, and do the job well.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
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Re: Shepherds crook
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2014, 04:17:04 pm »
Most agri merchants will have a selection.

Here's Mole Valley's.


I think if you say "Shepherd's crook" you get the fancy sort that they use in the ring; if you ask for 'leg crook' or 'neck crook' you'll get the working type.

I use a short leg crook.  It is the right size to catch lambs round the neck, or a ewe by the hock. 

I find the long ones allow a ewe to be too far away from me, and she can create enough of a whiplash I (a) let her go and (b) nearly dislocate my elbow or shoulder!
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Tim W

  • Joined Aug 2013
Re: Shepherds crook
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2014, 04:17:21 pm »
Not very traditional but I've got a couple of these

http://www.molevalleyfarmers.com/mvf/store/products/shepherds-crook-double-ended

work well for me

Ina

  • Joined Feb 2012
  • South Aberdeenshire
Re: Shepherds crook
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2014, 05:22:25 pm »
I used to have a short wooden one that a colleague had chucked out because a bit had broken off... It was ideal for catching lambs and sheep indoors, where a long one would have been a hindrance rather than help. Also came in handy when I had a little accident and needed a walking stick to get around...

jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: Shepherds crook
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2014, 05:48:14 pm »
My dad uses a single-ended combination crook (his is solid aluminium, not tubular, and blue). Like the one fourth from the left.



Me, I just use a standard long neck crook (red, so I can find it where I've dropped it, or hurled it!). While the lambs are too small for it, I creep up on them at the trough and grab them with my hands  ;)

shygirl

  • Joined May 2013
Re: Shepherds crook
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2014, 05:54:43 pm »
our farm shop sells them, get a metal one and it will last a long time.

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
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Re: Shepherds crook
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2014, 06:28:12 pm »

Don't get a tubular metal (aluminium?) one as they bend just when you need them not to.  We also had a lightweight cheap wooden one which straightened out in the damp over a winter  ::)

I like the sound of a short one.
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Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Shepherds crook
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2014, 06:58:39 pm »

Don't get a tubular metal (aluminium?) one as they bend just when you need them not to.  We also had a lightweight cheap wooden one which straightened out in the damp over a winter  ::)

I like the sound of a short one.


I like the sound of a short one too.  I will take a look at my local agri merchants and if not Mole Valley seems the place to go.


Thanks everyone  :thumbsup:
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Re: Shepherds crook
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2014, 07:18:32 pm »
They had pink ones at the smallholders show last week!!     I nearly bought one myself there (not the pink one!)  .. but wasn't sure if they were a good deal or not.
Linda

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Backinwellies

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Re: Shepherds crook
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2014, 07:20:49 pm »
Thanks for info on length .... short one it is then I did wonder that too.   Oh and Mole Valley much cheaper than show ones!
Linda

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