Loren Smith of Bancroft, Idaho built a safe, easy way to handle cows that need assistance calving or when suckling a newborn calf. An automatic head-catch was mounted between two posts with a 16-foot long gate attached to each post. He used 16-foot long gates in order to have plenty of room to safely use calf pullers.

Each gate can be closed together to form an alley to the head-catch. Once the cow is secure, the two gates can be opened to give plenty of room to work. They can be locked into place after a calf is successfully delivered to form a holding pen for the new mother and calf.

To aid in catching the cow Mr. Smith set up the swinging alley gates and head catch to align with a small entrance from a 14-foot by 14-foot holding pen.