Loading Individual Cattle

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Re: Loading Individual Cattle

Postby farmerjan » Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:27 pm

This is the one reason that we are thankful that we rent many different places, and that the animals have to be trailered to and from them. The calves all learn pretty young that going on the trailer with mom is no big deal. There are always a few that balk at it, but usually will go on pretty quick.

For the replacement heifers we keep, going on a trailer just means getting to go to someplace with more grass. And the bulls all know that getting on the trailer means they are going to pasture to see the girls. Our main loading chute/alley is the width of the trailer and the back wheels drop down in the dirt in depressions that makes it not more than a few inches to step up in the trailer. There are 2 gates in the alley so that they can only go back so far and the board fence does allow for someone to climb it if necessary in a hurry. Plus is is wide enough that an animal can go by and not squeeze you into a pancake against the side.
We have often loaded a bull in the pasture just by putting some feed in the trailer and telling him to load up. Or getting him in a catch and then walking him to the trailer and him seeing a little feed in a flat black fortex type pan. Yes we have had some crazy ones but they get weeded out...and get weeded out faster and earlier as we get older and are not wanting or able to move fast enough to get out of their way.

Another thing we have found, many are afraid of slipping and don't like a "shiny clean trailer" to go into either. A little dirt on the floor, not nice clean shavings, makes it much less scary to them. A scared animal will slip faster than anything because they are in a hurry to get past the "scared part". So they hurry or try to jump and they slip. The next time it just reinforces their scared reaction.
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Re: Loading Individual Cattle

Postby Chocolate Cow2 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:11 pm

With any new bull, I back the trailer up to where we load out. I secure the door open and leave the trailer parked. As I feed the bull in a pen next to the load-out, I work closer to the trailer eventually feeding him inside the trailer. Most times, the process works quite fast. I'll do this for as long as I don't need the trailer. My bulls will load most anywhere after doing this. When checking a pasture, I've come back to find the bull and several cows just standing in the trailer. My atv ramps get a little messed up but I like that the cattle are comfortable standing in the trailer.
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Re: Loading Individual Cattle

Postby snoopdog » Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:30 am

And don't forget to lock the side door on the trailer, if you have one . I'd rather not talk about it .
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Re: Loading Individual Cattle

Postby bse » Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:44 am

i load out of the sweep, I dont over crowd (i can do more with 1 to 4 in that sweep than 8) and let it be there idea for a reasonable amount of time, very seldom i have to do anything more than a gentle pressure on em.
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Re: Loading Individual Cattle

Postby 76 Bar » Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:28 pm

And don't forget to lock the side door on the trailer, if you have one . I'd rather not talk about it .

Nor the tail gate slider, if you have one. I'd rather not talk about that one either. :roll:
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Re: Loading Individual Cattle

Postby Supa Dexta » Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:49 pm

Some day I'll have an alley way with a gate on a track system, that forces cattle forward and lessens the room in the alley until they are forced onto the trailer.
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Re: Loading Individual Cattle

Postby hillbilly beef man » Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:04 pm

I rarely load a single cow or calf. If I have only one that I need to take off I will run another one into the trailer with it. Then I put them both into the front section of the trailer. Then I use my sliding gate in my divider to run the one that stays into the back section, where it can be turned back out. In my experience this is easier than trying to get a single cow loaded.
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Re: Loading Individual Cattle

Postby hillbilly beef man » Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:07 pm

snoopdog wrote:And don't forget to lock the side door on the trailer, if you have one . I'd rather not talk about it .


Been there, did that. You never get the trailer full when you leave the front gate open and are loading from the back.
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Re: Loading Individual Cattle

Postby dieselbeef » Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:43 pm

11 MOS..1000LBS...WISH I COULD DO THAT
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