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Posted March 20, 2014 - 06:27 PM

when you dehorn your calves do you freeze them off or use a saw type remover? we use a saw on the beef calves in the fall. we have very few horns anymore, and that's a good thing.

Below is the picture of the smaller one, i have grampa's old one, three feet long handle, compound action jaws, you learn to twist while stepping up the action.

 

Texas Keystones were too hard on the beefers.

 

We burned it closed until grampa had the vet saw it off and freeze it close.

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Posted March 20, 2014 - 07:28 PM

yes its so much easier to get them when they are young. easier on both the calf and the human we miss them too.
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Posted March 20, 2014 - 09:09 PM

Dang, fell asleep in my recliner over 2 hours ago.  Guess it's time for bed huh!  :D


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Posted March 20, 2014 - 09:16 PM

Dang, fell asleep in my recliner over 2 hours ago.  Guess it's time for bed huh!  :D

Did that the other night with my fingers still on the keyboard,.....good night.


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Posted March 21, 2014 - 05:09 AM

Dang, fell asleep in my recliner over 2 hours ago.  Guess it's time for bed huh!  :D

:rolling: I do that fairly often in spring and summer. Sit down with the laptop to catch up with the forums. Next thing I know, my wife is waking me up and I only got about half a page read


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Posted March 21, 2014 - 05:26 AM

Good morning    time to get the blood moving and get to work.



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Posted March 21, 2014 - 07:19 AM

Dang, fell asleep in my recliner over 2 hours ago.  Guess it's time for bed huh!  :D

 

 

You probably needed it. I have been the same way the last couple weeks, working until late at night on house, then by the time I get home, I'm out cold when my head hits the pillow.

 

I am glad our goats have smaller horns. We trying to burn the growth rings on them at 1-2 weeks old, but iof not, jsut cut and burn the bleeders.

I found a cheapo pair of these "universal cutters" at TSC.  On sale for $3.50, why not try. They look almost like pipe cutters to cut small PVC pipe, but they use a  standard replaceable utility knife blade. Man, they cut quick and even, work great on small horn buds! Best $3.50 I have spent in a while.


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Posted March 21, 2014 - 02:53 PM

Today has been a busy day, but not what you'd call productive.  Remember how I just moved 30 heifers yesterday to a "new to them" field?   Well, try to imagine trying to keep 30 hairy drunken "Wild Uncle Willie" behind a fence where they don't want to stay!   I have been repairing electric fence most of the day.  They just run through fences with no thought whatsoever.  The youngest, that weren't moved and which are the dumbest & hardest to get back in, I brought them into a smaller field next to the barn so if the ones I moved crash the line fence below, they can't get mixed with the smaller ones.  I set them up a water trough, as now they can't access the creek.  

  Right now the fence crashers have settled down & seem to be chillin.  Time will tell.


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Posted March 21, 2014 - 02:56 PM


 

Did that the other night with my fingers still on the keyboard,.....good night.

 

 

:rolling: I do that fairly often in spring and summer. Sit down with the laptop to catch up with the forums. Next thing I know, my wife is waking me up and I only got about half a page read

 

Back when this computer chair was new & comfortable, I'd wake up still holding the mouse!  :rolling:

 

 

Good morning    time to get the blood moving and get to work.

 

 

Missed your post till now Rob.  When you posted I was already well into my morning milking.  My alarm goes off before 5.


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Posted March 21, 2014 - 03:20 PM

Glad to hear you got those Heifers settled down for now, cows don't see the fence the first time, but will remember the electric fence the second time around. I have been told that they can smell the electricity in the fence and that keeps them back after the first meeting.


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Posted March 21, 2014 - 03:23 PM

Glad to hear you got those Heifers settled down for now, cows don't see the fence the first time, but will remember the electric fence the second time around. I have been told that they can smell the electricity in the fence and that keeps them back after the first meeting.

 

These heifers have been on the other side of this same electric fence for 5 months, so they knew it was hot.  They just be dumb!


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Posted March 21, 2014 - 04:55 PM

Glad to hear you got those Heifers settled down for now, cows don't see the fence the first time, but will remember the electric fence the second time around. I have been told that they can smell the electricity in the fence and that keeps them back after the first meeting.

 

Smell of ozone in the air.


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Posted March 21, 2014 - 06:24 PM

Cows have their own agenda! Nothing you can do until they let you!


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Posted March 22, 2014 - 04:15 PM

them dumb dairy heifers , I used to hate it when all you do is repair electric fences. no advice or answers here. you have been trough them all before. it just takes time, till they learn what side of the fence to be on.

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Posted March 22, 2014 - 05:24 PM

Today all seems great in "heifer world".  They seem content as can be.   :thumbs:   


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