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Re: Rat tail cow

Postby nocows » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:14 pm

I appreciate all of the feedback. I think I am going to keep her and I'll just see what happens. I asked my vet about her he said it's a mild case said he's seen others that showed it more than her. He gave me the impression that I shouldn't mess with her although all of the feedback on here thus far seems to be positive like she is very capable of being a good cow.

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Re: Rat tail cow

Postby ALACOWMAN » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:26 pm

Getting where I can't see... New picture shows it.. shes
a rat tail...doesn't matter one way or other though.good luck with her..
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Re: Rat tail cow

Postby Muddy » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:40 pm

nocows wrote:I appreciate all of the feedback. I think I am going to keep her and I'll just see what happens. I asked my vet about her he said it's a mild case said he's seen others that showed it more than her. He gave me the impression that I shouldn't mess with her although all of the feedback on here thus far seems to be positive like she is very capable of being a good cow.

Thanks again to everyone that contributed.

After you posted the new pictures of the heifer, she's definitely a rattail.
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Re: Rat tail cow

Postby Red Bull Breeder » Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:37 pm

Black has nothing to do with a Rat tail cropping up.
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Re: Rat tail cow

Postby Lucky_P » Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:56 am

Well, except for the fact that all rat-tails are 'black-factor' cattle.
If you're breeding straight reds - regardless of breed - you'll never see one... until you introduce 'black' into the equation.
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Re: Rat tail cow

Postby HonoredCattlemen » Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:46 pm

I have a few rat tails popping up in my herd as well. Does anyone have a definite price comparison between a rat tail and a non-rat tail? Like how much less would it sell for?
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Re: Rat tail cow

Postby farmerjan » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:30 am

Most of our rat-tails have been char x angus calves. The price difference I see here in Va is anywhere from $.20 to $.50 per pound. Usually in the 30-40 range. Bred females will not be discounted as much as younger ones if there are some people buying breds, but the feeders will be pretty consistant. Steers seem to not be hurt as much here but I seldom see rat-tails in males, mostly always in females that I recall.
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Re: Rat tail cow

Postby holm25 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:22 pm

One of our favorite cows is a rat tailed Char mutt. She raise a whopper steer every year so she stays. She passed it on to her first two calves but the last three have all had tails.


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Re: Rat tail cow

Postby ALACOWMAN » Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:48 pm

From this angle,she doesn't look like your typical rat tail...
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Re: Rat tail cow

Postby Muddy » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:23 pm

ALACOWMAN wrote:From this angle,she doesn't look like your typical rat tail...

Yeah she's not a rattail, she's a yellow. You can spot a rattail from a mile away.
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Re: Rat tail cow

Postby holm25 » Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:43 pm

ALACOWMAN wrote:From this angle,she doesn't look like your typical rat tail...


I'll have to get a picture of her tail. It's short and doesn't have any switch.
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Re: Rat tail cow

Postby Lucky_P » Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:52 am

She may have a short tail with no switch, but she's not a rat-tail - RTs must be black-factor cattle. A red or yellow cannot be one.
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Re: Rat tail cow

Postby Txpiney » Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:30 pm

I've got a rat tail bred heifer now. Tail must of got stepped on. My first ever.
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