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Re: Temperament- Cattle

Posted: Mon May 27, 2019 2:41 pm
by Ky hills
We have a fairly small cow herd and also run some purchased heifers along with our own weaned calves to breed each year. Disposition is Extremely important here. Bad actors and flighty high heads are not tolerated here for long. Our cows are now to the point of all being calm with the exceptions of a few when their calf is young, that is one thing they get a pass on. With the purchased heifers we try to be real picky with what we buy but sometimes I’m a group it’s hard to identify a wild individual within the few seconds they are in the ring. If I get any indication that the group as a whole is flighty or happen to identify one that is I will pass on them even if they are of very good quality.
Less than a month ago we had a neighbors Jersey X bull get in our heifers. He was very wild and would charge at us, dangerous calf but we got him loaded and took to market. Now this morning I find another one in with our cows. Got it I’m the barn with some others and then when separating it from ours it took a run towards me but turned them we thought we had him and my wife came out to close a gate and he turned and went after her. She was able to get out of the way but couldn’t get away if he came farther in. I got between them in time to get him turned back.

Re: Temperament- Cattle

Posted: Mon May 27, 2019 9:56 pm
by snoopdog
I don't want to pet them, I also don't want to get stomped. I have one that leads all the strays to the other end of the corral, not the entrance, that is bad behavior when I want to wean or vaccinate.

Re: Temperament- Cattle

Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 8:34 pm
by Lazy M
This wicked witch keeps punching her ticket every year by having a stand out calf. She's not too bad until that calf drops and then she doubles down on crazy. She's living proof that salers ain't for everyone..
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Re: Temperament- Cattle

Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 8:40 pm
by Bright Raven
Lazy M wrote:
Tue May 28, 2019 8:34 pm
This wicked witch keeps punching her ticket every year by having a stand out calf. She's not too bad until that calfs drops and then she doubles down on crazy. She's living proof that salers ain't for everyone..
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I was about half way between you and I a couple weeks ago to look at a bull I sold a guy. I like to see how they are looking and performing. The owner could not be there so he told me to go in alone. He had the bull in with about 25 cows on about 50 acres. I could not get within 300 yards of them. I have totally lost touch with wild cattle.

Re: Temperament- Cattle

Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 8:41 pm
by Nesikep
Lazy M wrote:
Tue May 28, 2019 8:34 pm
This wicked witch keeps punching her ticket every year by having a stand out calf. She's not too bad until that calf drops and then she doubles down on crazy. She's living proof that salers ain't for everyone..
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I thought she was Salers... they are funny, my wildest witches and my tamest cows have been Salers. I have a line that tend to just be moody, one is just 1/8th and one day she freaks out at you and the next she's begging for her neck to be scratched... just a weird one.. Her mother (1/4) was the same, though her sisters are all really docile.

Re: Temperament- Cattle

Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 9:12 pm
by Lazy M
Bright Raven wrote:
Tue May 28, 2019 8:40 pm
Lazy M wrote:
Tue May 28, 2019 8:34 pm
This wicked witch keeps punching her ticket every year by having a stand out calf. She's not too bad until that calfs drops and then she doubles down on crazy. She's living proof that salers ain't for everyone..
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I was about half way between you and I a couple weeks ago to look at a bull I sold a guy. I like to see how they are looking and performing. The owner could not be there so he told me to go in alone. He had the bull in with about 25 cows on about 50 acres. I could not get within 300 yards of them. I have totally lost touch with wild cattle.
I don't like walking around cattle that aren't mine. We've been fortunate enough to retain and grow our herd within so I have a good idea about the temperament of all of ours and which ones to keep an eye on.

Re: Temperament- Cattle

Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 1:14 pm
by alisonb
Lazy M wrote:
Tue May 28, 2019 8:34 pm
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She has the evil eye...actually her calf does too :P