The "Premier" Fiberglass Crook
- 53" long
- Top is very tough molded plastic
- Holds its original shape and rarely breaks
- Shaft is coated fiberglass. Unlike aluminum, it does not bend or deform
It's the most functional neck crook we've ever used. Given a choice, we always grab this one.
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Nathan G from West Virginia
I bought a Colroy crook from Premier a few years ago that looks just like this Premier brand crook.
I'm assuming the "Premier" fiberglass crook is either the Colroy that was sold by Premier for many years or a "knock-off" of it, due to the Colroy getting too pricy.
For decades we used wooden neck crooks from feed stores. They're way too heavy and the neck opening for them tends to be too big to get a good "hold" on sheep.
Heavy weight wooden crooks swing slowly. Even in a "catch" pen, where most catching should be done. A ewe darting around to evade a crook can inadvertently hurt herself in panic by the time a clumsy hook finally connects.
The Colroy, like the Premier crook shown here, is dull black, the best color--sheep are slower at detecting its presence than brightly colored or light-colored wooden crooks.
My fiberglass Colroy crook also broke off at the juncture of shaft and hook, but it was after 3 years of hard use.
Annoying? Yes. But it cost me about $10 a year and saved me a lot of time.
When the crook broke, the ram (about 300 lbs.) got away and then was crook-spooked helping spook the rest of his pen-mates. My clumsy wooden back-up didn't help matters.
Incidentally, I occasionally need a leg crook, so I attached Premier's cast aluminum crook head to the "tail end" of the Colroy crook I bought. It worked great and is till attached to the good end of the now frazzled and headless Colroy handle.
If I get time, I'll write details about how I did that in a review of the cast aluminum leg crook.
Premier products and personnel are innovative, helpful and always a pleasure to deal with.
Nathan Griffith, editor
Brett P from Michigan
I really liked this crook ... right up until the shaft collapsed when a ewe put a little too much strain on it. Then it was pretty useless except on newly born lambs. We had to go back to using the aluminum crook. I agree with Martin S. that the shaft needs to be reinforced.
William K from WA
I had a similar experience as Martin S. Interestingly enough with one of my "wilder" Katahdins, those girls can generate a lot of force when they get up to speed. The shaft on my crook collapsed, fortunately I had the metal crook as a back up and was able to get the ewe into the lambing shed in time for a successful birth. If I had not had the back up crook things could have gone very badly. I'm not sure what the comment about not using it as a "pry bar" is all about. I hook a ewe, move up the shaft until I can straddle the animal and put a belly band on her so I can move her. If there is a better way to accomplish this task I'd be grateful to learn it.
Martin S from Texas
I have never used a crook prior to buying this one and I found it to be very useful. Unfortunately, the hollow fiberglass shaft broke and collapsed when I used it with some wilder hair sheep. I especially needed the crook when I was working the wilder ewes but it can not stand up to my demands. Perhaps reinforcing the shaft would make it ideal.
The crook works great in most cases we find ourselves wondering how we got along without one. However i think we might try another brand next time we order as this one the handle on the end of the shaft slides right off. Infact the other night a ewe was bolting out of the barn and the crook was the last line of defense and the crook slid through my hand and the rubber end slid right off and the ewe crashed right through my wife trying to block her exit. Its good and usefull but not as reliable in my experience.