MJE Livestock Equipment, a pioneer in innovative livestock equipment solutions, is thrilled to announce that their patented and award-winning product, the Calf Hutch Latch, has continued to soar in popularity with sales surpassing a remarkable 153,200 latches nationwide.
Introduced to the market in 2020, the Calf Hutch Latch quickly gained recognition for its game-changing approach to securing calf hutches during adverse weather conditions. This innovative system, designed by MJE Livestock Equipment’s lead product designer, Steve Deges, has revolutionized calf hutch security and plays a pivotal role in safeguarding the well-being of animals and ranchers alike.
THE JOURNEY TO THE PATENTED CALF HUTCH LATCH
The journey to success began in April 2019 when MJE Livestock Equipment started the process to secure a patent for the Calf Hutch Latch & Tethering System. After years of dedicated effort, their commitment to excellence was rewarded when they were awarded a United States patent on September 13, 2022.
Steve Deges, the visionary behind the Calf Hutch Latch, expressed his enthusiasm, saying, “This has been a long process but an exciting one. When Aaron (Jantz) and I applied for the patent, we had no idea it would be so intense, but this idea is unique enough to put in the work to get the patent.”
AWARD WINNING CALF HUTCH LATCH SYSTEM
One of the significant milestones for the Calf Hutch Latch was its recognition as a Top-10 Product of the Year at the 2020 World Ag Expo. This accolade catapulted its popularity among dairy and calf ranchers, leading to over 100,000 latches sold quickly.
Calf hutches serve as critical shelters for newborn calves, protecting them from diseases and harsh weather conditions in large-scale calf ranches. Before the Calf Hutch Latches were invented, securing these hutches was labor-intensive, often requiring substantial effort from ranch staff. Material costs were also high; many parts were needed to secure the hutches. The patented system from MJE Livestock Equipment simplified this process, allowing for quick and secure tethering with minimal manpower.
SECURITY FOR RANCHERS AND CALVES
With the Calf Hutch Latch in place, ranchers know their investments are protected, even during storms, straight-line winds, or other adverse weather events. The system’s durability, ease of use, and effectiveness have won over the trust of dairy and calf ranchers nationwide.
As demand for the Calf Hutch Latch continues to surge, MJE Livestock Equipment remains committed to providing livestock owners with safe, reliable, and efficient solutions for safeguarding their animals and operations.