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Cattle Prod

Post by josh90 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:09 pm

Looking for opinions on what the best hot stick is. I've been looking at the Springer Magrath(Yellow) and the Sharp Shock. Is the Hot Shot DuraProd that much better to be almost double the price of the two previously mentioned?
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Re: Cattle Prod

Post by JMJ Farms » Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:13 pm

Best one is the one with new batteries. I’ve never seen one that didn’t do the job as long as it had juice. I use a plain old red hotshot.
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Re: Cattle Prod

Post by 1982vett » Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:22 pm

Haven’t used one in 15 years. Every once in a while one would have changed their stubborn minds a bit quicker but a 1 inch persimmon stick works just fine for me.
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Re: Cattle Prod

Post by josh90 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:25 pm

I don't use one often but I have a stubborn dairy bull that could use some encouragement sometimes. I also raise hogs and goats. I'm looking for one that will hold up and last more than a couple of years.

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Post by Aaron » Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:47 pm

JMJ Farms wrote:Best one is the one with new batteries. I’ve never seen one that didn’t do the job as long as it had juice. I use a plain old red hotshot.


Agreed. I use a Springer with the longest possible length, I think 48", to avoid getting kicked and to prod an animal that is in front of the one I am behind.
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Re: Cattle Prod

Post by bird dog » Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:58 pm

Just don't buy one made in China. I use a green Hot Shot...sparingly.

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Re: Cattle Prod

Post by josh90 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:06 pm

Aaron wrote:
JMJ Farms wrote:Best one is the one with new batteries. I’ve never seen one that didn’t do the job as long as it had juice. I use a plain old red hotshot.


Agreed. I use a Springer with the longest possible length, I think 48", to avoid getting kicked and to prod an animal that is in front of the one I am behind.


Has the Springer held up good for you? I've heard they're weaker than the others.

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Re: Cattle Prod

Post by josh90 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:12 pm

bird dog wrote:Just don't buy one made in China. I use a green Hot Shot...sparingly.


How well has the Green Hot Shot held up for you? Does anyone know the differences in the green, red, and yellow dura prod? I've noticed the green, red, yellow dura prod, and yellow Springer are all by Miller MFG.

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Re: Cattle Prod

Post by Aaron » Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:47 pm

josh90 wrote:
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JMJ Farms wrote:Best one is the one with new batteries. I’ve never seen one that didn’t do the job as long as it had juice. I use a plain old red hotshot.


Agreed. I use a Springer with the longest possible length, I think 48", to avoid getting kicked and to prod an animal that is in front of the one I am behind.


Has the Springer held up good for you? I've heard they're weaker than the others.


Yep. Replaced the rod once because I went to give a cow a smack, rather than zap, and hit a metal panel with it in cold weather, snapping off one of the prongs. Local farm store always keeps a replacement rod in stock, so it's an easy fix. I went with Springer in the first place based on lots of good reviews and being made in USA.
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Re: Cattle Prod

Post by ez14. » Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:48 pm

bird dog wrote:Just don't buy one made in China. I use a green Hot Shot...sparingly.

I use a green hot shot on the dairy. I'm not sure how old it is but it doesn't work real well anymore (Though it's probably used a lot more then most of you use yours)

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Re: Cattle Prod

Post by bird dog » Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:28 am

Josh, I am not 100% sure but I think the newer reds are of lesser quality and maybe voltage. Green are next and then the yellows.

I have had my green one about 6 years. No problems so far. I see a lot of green ones at the sale barn and they use them more in one day than I do in a career. I try to avoid using them but sometimes its the most humane way to get an animal to move.

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Post by Gators Rule » Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:00 pm

I have a good red hot shot. It's a good one in that it is still working for the fourth year. Believe it or not, the only cows I periodically use it on are a handful of fairly large Simmy cows that are dog gentle. They are just too big and strong for me to push and pull on. I only grab it when I'm moving them thru the alleys and chute, and rarely have to push the button...just tap them and they remember the time I hit them with the juice.
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Re: Cattle Prod

Post by ALACOWMAN » Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:18 pm

Had a springer for over 25 years..that still keeps em moving..only had to free up the button back in the summer...
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Re: Cattle Prod

Post by josh90 » Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:45 pm

Does anyone know the difference in the green one and the Springer? Both are made by Miller MFG and cost about the same.

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Post by backhoeboogie » Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:59 pm

If you gotta have one, you really need one that works. I've had a hot shot for years. Sometimes I used it
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