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Re: Scary experience

Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:08 am
by Rafter S
cowgirl8 wrote:I'm blaming it on operator error. We had a long narrow pen stuffed full of cows. We actually felt safe packing them in, although had no idea it would happen, that they are very docile girls. And since some are heifers, they don't know the drill yet when it comes to corral work. But its just a experience told in hopes others learn by it.


I don't know why I still bother responding, but I'm having a hard time reconciling that statement to the one you made in the first post about them breaking out and going five miles.

Re: Scary experience

Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:48 am
by Nesikep
Oh.. gas station biscuits!

It sounds like there is a shyte disturber in the bunch, and just one getting all worked up about something can really set off the bunch

Re: Scary experience

Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:33 pm
by cowgirl8
Rafter S wrote:
cowgirl8 wrote:I'm blaming it on operator error. We had a long narrow pen stuffed full of cows. We actually felt safe packing them in, although had no idea it would happen, that they are very docile girls. And since some are heifers, they don't know the drill yet when it comes to corral work. But its just a experience told in hopes others learn by it.


I don't know why I still bother responding, but I'm having a hard time reconciling that statement to the one you made in the first post about them breaking out and going five miles.

I also said nothing is worse than a hungry cow except a bored one which you can ask anyone who holds back a lot of heifers, they get bored and just look for things to get into. Don't know why they went so far. Most that left were the yearling heifers. A few of the 2yr olds had calves and they stayed. Our road is tree covered and fences line it. Nothing to eat for them at all to stop them. At a mile and half there is a house with dogs and the road turns to a FM road. I'm just guessing that one thing led to another, someone may have gotten behind them and drove them down. Many things could happen with young mobile heifers like that. All I can say is they came back very easily, nut cows would jump a fence, scatter... they stayed in their cluster and came home easily with just me on my 4wheeler behind them. Another time they got out, husband went into that pasture for a few min. leaving the gate open. THey got out and went the other direction, again, fence lined and tree covered. THey made it to the house where,, I turned them around the took them back..So yes they are docile, very docile....incident in corral happened slowly, no one bolted or ran. They turned to go out and pushed thinking they were going out but gate was shut..

Re: Scary experience

Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:41 pm
by cowgirl8
backhoeboogie wrote:Every time I changed pastures, mine went through the alley. If I give them cubes to gather them up and look them over, they go through the alley.

Most of them couldn't wait to get in the alley.

We have alleys all over. This one goes to the chute and this one time all they got was pour on and never put in the chute. We have the big alley, the one they were in, then the tub and a single file alley that ends at the chute. So we were filling the single file alley and applying the pour on, then opening the headgate with a wide open chute and let them out together, usually 5 at a time.. We do this with all out cows so they don't think the only time they go into that they get poked and squeezed.... Our other set of corrals we have a two tubs, one for the chute and one for loading in a trailer. We'll let them out that alley where they get to eat what's growing in the hay lot. Its all in line so it helps to keep them moving. Buy the time our cows are several years old, its very routine. I try to keep everything the same, just so the cows remember and cooperate. Its important. Our mistake was not shutting the 3 gates separating them in smaller groups..