Homemade cattle prod

Updated March 23, 2017

The UK hosted 1.78 million head of cattle in 2014, according to the UK Department For Environment Food And Rural Affairs. In some cases, farmers use an electronic cattle prod to control large herds of cattle.


The most common way to build a homemade cattle prod is to use the flash bulb on a disposable camera. The capacitor will deliver a mild shock created from low voltage. This electrical current is directed through basic electrical wires to a point of delivery, often attached to a barrel; a PVC pipe is ideal for this task.

Skills required

It is not difficult to make a homemade cattle prod, but you need to possess several skills and tools. For example, you will need to solder wires and make basic electrical connections to complete the project.


It is not advisable to use a homemade cattle prod as a Taser gun because it can potentially harm people with pacemakers, and you can be arrested for employing it as a weapon. When building the homemade cattle prod, remember that electrical current can remain in the capacitor, so take care when taking apart the camera flash component.

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Rosa Lyn has been a freelance writer since 2009. She has worked as a ghostwriter for companies such as eBay and was the editor-in-chief for the member newsletter at the websites SewingMamas. She specializes in subjects such as home and family, parenting, alternative health and crafts.