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Weaning pen

Post by Bfields30 » Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:59 pm

Fence line weaning I’m tearing down old fence at my place and making area wean pen. The fence I’m tearing down been here over 50 yrs it’s like 4 strands of barb wire. I’m thinking buying 7ft tpost only need about 20 and running 6 strands of barb wire. Is this a bad idea. Any pros and cons of this? And does anybody else fence line wean.



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Re: Weaning pen

Post by TN Cattle Man » Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:14 pm

I think the majority on here that actually do wean (versus weaning on the trailer headed to the sale) utilize fence line weaning. To me it is less stressful to both cow and calf. With our operation, the weaning pen is corral boards... I have seen too many cows and calves walk through barb wire no matter how many strands you have up. If you are sold on using wire, I would probably consider page wire or woven wire fence. Good luck in whatever you decide.
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Re: Weaning pen

Post by bird dog » Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:31 pm

You need to use net wire or woven wire or whatever you want to call it. High tensile is best. It doesn't have to be real tall IMO. Calves don't have a tendency to jump over, they want to go through it. Barb wire works when it is nice and tight. 5 years down the road it may not be. At least with woven wire if it gets loose, they still can't go through it.

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Re: Weaning pen

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:31 pm

I fence line wean. Love it. I use 4 strands of HOT Hi-Tensile.
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Re: Weaning pen

Post by ALACOWMAN » Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:21 pm

TN Cattle Man wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:14 pm
I think the majority on here that actually do wean (versus weaning on the trailer headed to the sale) utilize fence line weaning. To me it is less stressful to both cow and calf. With our operation, the weaning pen is corral boards... I have seen too many cows and calves walk through barb wire
Funny they have no trouble going through it..but if its a border fence they can't figure out how to come back through...it's like it just popped up outa nowhere....
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Re: Weaning pen

Post by snoopdog » Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:05 pm

I would include a hot portion, no matter what type.
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Re: Weaning pen

Post by JW IN VA » Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:40 pm

Especially if you are using "T" posts,I'd advise high tensile woven with something like Sta Tuff or Bekeart locked joints.I believe the hinge joints would be easier to push apart although that's all we once had.
Hot wire on top and the back side would be helpful,too.I'd put the woven on the side next to the calves.
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Re: Weaning pen

Post by WinterSpringsFarm » Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:37 am

Every year I have at least 1 go through 6 strand hi tensile that has 6k volts in it. So I started weaning in the barnyard with board fence. Worked great.

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Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:40 am

I never have had one get through. Cows are able to lay down on one side, calves on the other. Calves bawl a little for 3 days.
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Re: Weaning pen

Post by NEFarmwife » Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:57 am

We don’t do fence line weaning. We actually pull calves off pasture, leaving mommas there. Who will end up being pushed to stalks once ready. Then brought home to calve.

A majority of our fence at home now is continuous fence but in places along our bunk line, we will put up corral panels so that when they get out, they won’t get past the panels. It’s a little extra work but helps you sleep thru the night.

I’d recommend the high tinsel otherwise. We actually use that in our bull pen.

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Re: Weaning pen

Post by Bfields30 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:44 am

I’m going to use 4ft of high tensile fencing and 2-3 strands of barb wire above that.

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Re: Weaning pen

Post by OleScout » Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:52 am

Put one of those strands of barb at the bottom of the high tensile woven. Had a 2000 lb bull graze under my net wire along the road. When he looked up he was OUT!!! Luckily one of my Mexican friends drove by with several (many) of his friends in the truck. Gates were locked. They pushed that bull back under the wire. No way in he!! I would have even thought of that much less tried and succeeded.
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Re: Weaning pen

Post by Bfields30 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:50 pm

Got it up used 4ft high of field fence and one strand of barb wire and calfs stayed in now I can sleep better not worrying about them getting out thanks for the help guys

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