OK, we tried whispering the cows, but this was a bit difficult as I was doing it wrong and my husband was then not too happy with the results, so I said, let's just take them over to the bull and then whisper them when they are pregnant.
The problem is that one will not go out the open gate, and the one who will won't cross the road.
Have I mentioned that I am agriculturally challenged?
Hi Annie, You know cows are so funny sometimes. When we have our girls out on cornstalks during the winter we surround their pasture with an electric fence. When it comes time to move them it is really hard to get them to cross where the electric fence once was. It is like in their minds they know their boundaries and in our case, the girls know they will be in trouble if they cross that fenceline.
I suggest that you find something irresistable to your cows like alfalfa or grain ( shaking a little grain in a coffee can might tempt them too.) and tease them to come out of the gate and cross the road. I warn you when they do come out of the gate and cross the road they will be frisky. They may run and jump and buck like madcows, just be prepared to surround them so they don't get too far away.
OK, I thought of a solution. I was watching the neighbor on the ATV and thinking about how cowboys were now using them instead of horses, and so I started to wonder if my neighbor could herd the cows with the ATV while we lured them with sweet feed: do you all think it might work?
For those who are new, AI has been throughly investigated and there are no AI guys for miles and miles around, and the nearest one works, so he can only get out in the evenings.
How frustrating for you Annie Exactly how far do you need to drive them? If its not far at all can you rig up a temporary electric fence? Do you live on a quiet road that would enable you to do this?
If you could you get the cow that doesn't mind the saw horse setup at your gate past it the other cow would almost be sure to follow.
I guess it doesn't suit to fetch the bull to your place or you would have done that already.
Hey, just had another thought As you guys are inexperienced perhaps you're placing your bodies in the wrong area and this is hindering the cows movements! I will send you some diagrams I have of 'Flight Zone' and 'Point of Balance' to study. You could practise herding them in their own environment before venturing out the gate.
Another thing you can do is tie a plastic bag onto the end of a stick and use this an an extension of you arm
ATV's are great if your cows are used to them but personally I find that timid cows are easier to be herded as quietly as possible on foot. I've never been one for shouting and just use a very quiet 'ch ch' whilst herding.
We'll get those cows of yours to the bull yet ;D
Midge - who stays permanently logged on to save precious time;-) New Zealand Milk-maid to Lizzie and Boss Cow of a growing herd of glorious Jerseys
claytonpaul: A bull was put on her herd Late Last May so she was expected to be due between May1 and August. They quoted me August so I wouldn't be disappointing by a late arrival.
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