Like many in agriculture, Mike Callicrate dreams of a better future for farmers, ranchers and rural communities. He’s worried about consumer distrust of management decisions; angry that big food corporations are boxing farmers into impossible corners; unhappy that the rural way of life is becoming eroded and unsustainable. Unlike most of us, however, he’s doing something about it.
President and founder of No-Bull Enterprises, Callicrate invented and now markets a variety of ultra-humane, high quality, easy-to-use, bloodless castrating tools for use on new- born to full-grown livestock. His tool doesn’t just improve castration, it’s a step towards fundamentally changing agri- culture as a whole.
“I don’t want to talk about how great our product is. I want to talk about what drives our company …”
“Banding is better than cutting for the bigger animals,”
“Always happy to see how the calves handle the band so much easier than a knife cut. Once turned out they don’t kick, don’t stop eating, and don’t seem to hardly notice it at all.”
“The bottom line is that high-tension banding is faster, easier and less traumatic for the animal than surgical castration.”
“With the enhanced performance from bull calves left intact, he doesn’t need to use growth implants, which means his cattle qualify for natural beef programs. “If I’m doing delayed castration, I don’t need to use hormones, and I definitely don’t want to implant my heifers because I retain the top end of them or sell them to someone else as replacements.”
“We have the Callicrate Bander and love using it on our cattle. I can’t believe how easy it is and the cattle don’t seem to mind it at all. I am a firm believer. I’m still singing the praises of the Callicrate Bander.”
“We usually try to get the calves started on feed and then I band them and it doesn’t slow them up a bit. I leave my bull calves intact to about 600 pounds, which means they stay healthier and perform better.”