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I Hate Weaning

Postby Ol' 243 » Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:37 pm

Love every part of the year except for weaning. Seperated the calves from their mama's on Wednesday, all okay yesterday, but today they busted out. How do 500 or 600 lb calves go through a tight, six strand fence, with two strands of HOT wire?
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Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:39 pm

Ol' 243 wrote:Love every part of the year except for weaning. Seperated the calves from their mama's on Wednesday, all okay yesterday, but today they busted out. How do 500 or 600 lb calves go through a tight, six strand fence, with two strands of HOT wire?


They run.
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Re: I Hate Weaning

Postby Supa Dexta » Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:38 pm

Nose flaps and solid fenced yards make it a breeze here.
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Re: I Hate Weaning

Postby talltimber » Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:45 pm

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Ol' 243 wrote:Love every part of the year except for weaning. Seperated the calves from their mama's on Wednesday, all okay yesterday, but today they busted out. How do 500 or 600 lb calves go through a tight, six strand fence, with two strands of HOT wire?


They run.


That would be my guess as well.
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Re: I Hate Weaning

Postby Nesikep » Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:34 am

I corral the entire herd for 5 days or so at weaning time.. bawl, pace, do whatever you want, you ain't getting out!

Downside to this is my bedroom is 40 feet from the corral, and I don't sleep for a while
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Re: I Hate Weaning

Postby talltimber » Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:51 am

Weaning is the only time of the year I'm glad I don't live on the farm.
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Re: I Hate Weaning

Postby dun » Sat Jun 03, 2017 1:12 am

Fenceline weaning with a good hotwire between the mommas and the babies. Unless they are really spooked by something chasing them they won;;t go through the hotwire. If something is chasing them bad enough for them to go through it, I don;t think a 6 foot wall would stop them.
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Re: I Hate Weaning

Postby Ol' 243 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 1:44 am

dun wrote:Fenceline weaning with a good hotwire between the mommas and the babies. Unless they are really spooked by something chasing them they won;;t go through the hotwire. If something is chasing them bad enough for them to go through it, I don;t think a 6 foot wall would stop them.


Uhmmmm, 6 strands of good wire, two strands of hot. Fenceline weaning, normally super quiet cattle, spend lots of time with them. Something must have boogered them really good, two made it through.
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Re: I Hate Weaning

Postby Putangitangi » Sat Jun 03, 2017 2:49 am

How big is the group of calves?
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Re: I Hate Weaning

Postby Ol' 243 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:13 am

Just 9 of them.
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Re: I Hate Weaning

Postby callmefence » Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:27 am

I like weaning time, means I'm getting close to a check. We use a 7 acre pen with a 10 barb fence and stays every few feet. Mama's across the fence for the first few days. Then move the cows as far away as is convenient.
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Re: I Hate Weaning

Postby Putangitangi » Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:22 pm

Ol' 243 wrote:Just 9 of them.


I only asked because I wean in small groups like that because big groups can really get each other upset and that's when I've had them go through the fences.
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Re: I Hate Weaning

Postby Rafter S » Sat Jun 03, 2017 6:52 pm

If you don't mind a little advice, take this as a learning experience, and next time keep them behind a good board or pipe fence for at least a few days. As you've learned, barbed wire and electricity don't mean much if they want out.
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Re: I Hate Weaning

Postby dun » Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:55 pm

Rafter S wrote:If you don't mind a little advice, take this as a learning experience, and next time keep them behind a good board or pipe fence for at least a few days. As you've learned, barbed wire and electricity don't mean much if they want out.

I guess we're going to have to change from a single strand of temporary poliwire, that's all we;ve used for 15 years and only had one escape. The little turd crawled on her belly like a goat to get under the wire. Put her back and she didn;t do it again.
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Re: I Hate Weaning

Postby Rafter S » Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:31 pm

dun wrote:
Rafter S wrote:If you don't mind a little advice, take this as a learning experience, and next time keep them behind a good board or pipe fence for at least a few days. As you've learned, barbed wire and electricity don't mean much if they want out.

I guess we're going to have to change from a single strand of temporary poliwire, that's all we;ve used for 15 years and only had one escape. The little turd crawled on her belly like a goat to get under the wire. Put her back and she didn;t do it again.



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