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Re: How long...

Postby TCRanch » Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:45 pm

A couple times the vet has used a halter & tied it to a railing in the barn but I generally move them to a smaller, enclosed area where they eventually just go down but they're not constrained.
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Re: How long...

Postby ALACOWMAN » Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:01 pm

Bar hasn't been a problem for me anyway..I just run it through the panels above the hocks to prevent them from backing up. They can't go foward or back up...
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Postby dun » Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:03 pm

With no progress I give cows a half hour and heifers an hour before checking things out
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Postby Silver » Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:29 pm

We've always kept them standing up with a bar behind them and a sling under the front just in case. You need to really have them pushed up with the bar just not so far it takes their legs out from under them. Might be wrong, but it works.
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Postby gcreekrch » Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:39 pm

Silver wrote:We've always kept them standing up with a bar behind them and a sling under the front just in case. You need to really have them pushed up with the bar just not so far it takes their legs out from under them. Might be wrong, but it works.


Try getting them rigged up with the chains and about 30 ft. of poly rope tied in a bowline to the chain loop. Then let them have the run of a 30 ft section of barn alley. Get your rope around a partition post or something just as solid and the tail end back through the bowline loop. Release is easy. Most will pull their own calf. Have used this method on a lot of pulls through the years. If they do go down, you have lots of room.
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Re: How long...

Postby ALACOWMAN » Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:48 pm

I heard you can yoke the cow to a tree, and use a old Lincoln continental to pull one... :cowboy:
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Re: How long...

Postby gcreekrch » Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:00 pm

ALACOWMAN wrote:I heard you can yoke the cow to a tree, and use a old Lincoln continental to pull one... :cowboy:


I witness a power pole and a 63 Dodge Power wagon when I was a kid. Both lived. I don't know how. That cow was always known as "Stretch's Mother".

Glad I learned how to do C sections.
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Postby Supa Dexta » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:40 am

I'm sure I pull more calves than most - and I would never put one in a chute to do it.
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Postby True Grit Farms » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:54 am

Supa Dexta wrote:I'm sure I pull more calves than most - and I would never put one in a chute to do it.

Elaborate please on what you use. I run them in a chute with the head catch closed. Had one go down after pulling a calf and opened the side up and she still couldn't get up. I fed her calf off of her and left her till morning to decide, luckily she was up when I got there.
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Postby dun » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:58 am

Supa Dexta wrote:I'm sure I pull more calves than most - and I would never put one in a chute to do it.

We put them in the chute and get a halter on them then kick them out with the rope tied to the outside of the chute. Then pull them there.
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Postby Supa Dexta » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:05 am

Lasso> Rope halter > calf puller. Tie them to anything that will hold them, and I'd say 90 percent of them lay/fall down eventually to have it. Just need too much room to work a puller properly than to be constrained to a chute - let alone having them stuck in it. Then I want to be able to drag the calf to their head while they lay there.
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Postby Silver » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:30 am

Supa Dexta wrote:Lasso> Rope halter > calf puller. Tie them to anything that will hold them, and I'd say 90 percent of them lay/fall down eventually to have it. Just need too much room to work a puller properly than to be constrained to a chute - let alone having them stuck in it. Then I want to be able to drag the calf to their head while they lay there.


Guess we've just been lucky here for 40 yrs.
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Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:27 am

Silver, do any of yours lay down in the chute?
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Postby Silver » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:51 am

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:Silver, do any of yours lay down in the chute?


No, we keep them upright.
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Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:15 pm

Oh, yes. You put a sling under them. Great Idea. It is "generally" best if you keep them upright, but they are not always cooperative patients.
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