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Big Calves

Postby Dave » Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:42 pm

I helped a friend work about 100 fall calves today. We branded, castrated, vaccinated, and ear tagged them. A great looking bunch of calves. Thick and long. But I can attest to the fact that a Powder River calf table wasn't built for 450 pound calves. My back may never be the same.
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Re: Big Calves

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:50 am

I have never used or seen one used. Well, I have seen a demonstration on hoof trimming with a tilt table. Are the calf ones basically the same?
Is there an advantage to using a table vs a squeeze chute or regular chute?
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Re: Big Calves

Postby Coosh71 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:12 am

Neighbors have a narrow snake leading to a calf table. Works great really, but they work calves before they are any larger than 350#.
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Re: Big Calves

Postby Dave » Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:04 pm

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:I have never used or seen one used. Well, I have seen a demonstration on hoof trimming with a tilt table. Are the calf ones basically the same?
Is there an advantage to using a table vs a squeeze chute or regular chute?


It is basically a calf size squeeze chute. A few of the bigger heifers we didn't bother to tip because there is no need to cut them and it works like a squeeze. We had it set up right in front of a regular squeeze. We had two teenage boys pushing them one at a time up an alley into the squeeze. The owner branded and cut the bulls. Another guy and I tip the table. he would tail the calf while branding. Then there is a pin that holds the top back leg back preventing the calf from kicking the guy who is cutting it. That other guy would hold the leg back so the pin was put into place. The owner's daughter vaccinated and ear marked. I helped tip the chute and then ear tagged. Opened the back gate of the squeeze so the boys could push another calf in. Helped flip the table back up. Once the calf exited I opened the front gate of the squeeze allowing the next calf in. It went pretty fast. Every one had their job and we worked as a team. We did just under 100 big soggy calves in about 3 hours with a 15 minute break in the middle.
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Re: Big Calves

Postby True Grit Farms » Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:02 pm

I think y'all did great, and I can understand why your back is sore.
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Re: Big Calves

Postby Bigfoot » Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:08 pm

I have always wanted a calf table. Probably never have one.
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Re: Big Calves

Postby jerry27150 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:48 pm

they have different setting for how far they lean down, if you go all the way down they come up a lot harder
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