Post by Jerseylady*Heather* on Jul 2, 2009 22:39:56 GMT -5
I was just wondering if anyone else had tried this. We had fantastic results and had to share. I was reading about everyone tring out the calcitrate dehorner, and I really wanted to try it but I simply could not afford it and didnt have access to one. So my husband had the great idea to just put the regular elastorator bands that are used for banding calves on our calves this year. We put them on our cow that is two yrs. that has decent sized horns, it has taken 4 months and one of her horns fell off. and the other is loose. Then of course since we dont like to be mean and make the calves bleed and burn them, we had 4-5 other calves that we just slipped bands on their horns when we were branding them. The bands that wouldnt go down far enough on the horn we simply notched the horn. Well we went out to the pasture to check on the cows and low and behold they have all lost their horns. Not a one horn on any of them. I was so excited I just had to share. It has only been a little over a month since we banded the horns. These calves were younger and their horns were not big and developed, but it was so simple and painless for my cows. I just wondered if anyone else had tried this on cows. I worked fantastic for us.
We are in the process with the callicrate. Gale lost one, and the other looks close. I think like you said the key really is to notch the horn so the band doesn't roll. The heifer we did, the bands rolled up but because we covered them in duct tape we didn't know. I've got to reband her. I definitely think it can be a good humane method, but you have got to do it right the first time, notch the horn and get the band down there. Glad to know about the calves and the use of regular bands! How old were the calves? How big the horns? I've got an 8 month old bull I wanted to use for breeding but he has horns, I don't know if we can catch him though. Jessika
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Feb 19, 2014 14:29:45 GMT -5
frauline214: oI am new to forum. I have a jersey/beef cow cross who is due to calve shortly. I plan on adding other calves to her after she calves. This is a first time freshener and she has been raised to let me milk her. Any suggestions how many calves I can add?
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frauline214: okay hope some one is here my cow had her calf last night not sure how to tell if baby is getting milk
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Soma Gosala: Does someone know where I can buy A2 Jersey semen ?
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birdsongmilkmaid: Most AI companies test their bulls for beta casein type. Semex lists the type right on their website. If the company you are purchasing your semen from doesn't, send them an email and ask for a list of the beta casein type of the bulls that they offer.
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madameecho1: Brand new to the site, and jersey cow and bull will be arriving today! Cow is 2.5 years old and 5.5 months preggers with first calf. Any suggestions greatly appreciated...
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