For catching sheep and/or goats by the neck or leg.
It’s both a leg and a neck crook, obviously—but the most important advantage is the self-locking lever on the leg portion that ensures that an animal’s leg, once caught, remains caught until released by human hands.
Triangle point at end of leg shaft allows crook to be used as walking stick over treacherous ground.
Which crook is right for you?Each crook has their benefits. No shepherd is complete without a crook in hand, they save time and command the flock. Visit this link to compare all crook options.
- Catch warp-speed lambs and kids on the run
- Close gates and control the flock
- Lift newborns out of pens
- Sorting rams from ewes
- Guiding sheep and goats through handling yards
- As an easily seen pointing device to your helpers
We also carry handcrafted crooks and walking sticks which make the perfect gift for any cane enthusiast.
- Neck opening: 3-1/4"
- Leg opening: 1-1/4"
- Coated fiberglass shaft
- Strong molded plastic heads
- So named by Premier because a New Zealand sheep family designed and developed it.
For catching small breeds, lambs, sheep with wool, or goats with a neck crook: Once the neck is inside the loop, instantly rotate the crook with your wrist. This applies pressure to both sides of the neck and give you a precious second or two to pull the animal into reach of your hands.
Listed below are recommended optional components or related items. Your particular situation may require alternative recommendations. Please call and talk to our consultants if there are any questions at 800-282-6631.
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Patrick R from Ohio
Great crook! Very effective. I have bought three myself (left one somewhere) and have probably influenced another 20 people to buy them.
Shannon H from Colorado
This is my first shepherd’s crook and I’m loving it!
I borrowed an aggressive and extremely unruly young buck goat recently, whose huge, wide-branching horns made him a menace to work with. Unfortunately the opening on the crook is too small to use on a thick billy goat neck (even a young one), but I use it for pushing him around rather than trying to catch him with it. I had to electrify the gate to my pen because this goat was destroying it, but that made it tricky for me to open and close without zapping myself or the goats. I use the crook to push the goats back and then I use it to open and shut the gate from a safe distance while they go in or out. I used the leg catch once when the wild buck was trying to get away from me and it was fantastic! My goats are nearly always tame and easy to work with, but once in a while I get a rogue buckling or a moody doe and I’m glad I now have a handy tool to catch and/or direct them with.
This crook is lightweight and comfortable to use and it seems very sturdy. The only thing I might change is making the neck opening larger. The foot opening is perfect for adult goats and it fits both does and bucks, but the neck opening only admits does. Since bucks are the ones I most commonly need to use this on, it would be nice if I could purchase a larger crook to screw on.
Richard T from California
The Kiwi shepherd’s crook was exactly what it was described as being. It seems very sturdy and strong and worked well even on the goats which are notoriously difficult to catch with a crook. The leg catch seems to work as well, as we had to use that on one animal. My only criticism is that it would be nice if it was just a little bit longer. Or telescoped. But that would make it more expensive.
David A from Kansas
Must have for any shepherd. This is a game changer when trying to get a single animal for whatever reason. If this was longer it would be perfect.
Timothy T from Texas
I recently ordered a KiwiCrook from Premier 1. Shipping was prompt.
Where was this thing for the first 50 years of my life?! It is one tough, well built tool. A bit heavy but I expect it will hold up to actual use. In the next few weeks I’ll be ordering a couple more so I have one in each vehicle. I highly recommend this item.