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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