I know, I am forever chatting everyone's ears off. What else is a farmgirl suppose to do while laid up with a busted leg but sit and daydream about her future farm to be? LOL
I know there is the obvious difference between the cost of a headgates and a squeeze chute, but is a squeeze chute worth the extra costs?
Right now, I only have a single dairy cow who is a sweet heart and acts like our thrown together 2"X4" stanchion is maximum security, so a headgate or squeeze chute is no where near our current radar or shopping list.
My constant day dreaming of our future farm has led me to whether or not we'll need a headgate or squeeze chute. We hope to add some other cattle to our managerie one day(thinking of angus, highland, etc...like i said, a girl can dream!).
I imagine that in the case of a wild cow, a squeeze chute is a lifesaver, am I right?
((Like I said, totally random, but it's the only way I keep my sanity while healing!)) LOL
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With dairy cattle they are in close enough contact and most are calm enough around people I am happy with a good stanchion, some stout fence posts, and a stall or two to contain them when needed. If I were getting into beef cattle I would want a good pen to contain them and either a stanchion or a chute at then end of the pen to herd them into to work them (shots, castration, etc.).
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Post by Rhein-O-Ranch on Jul 19, 2010 0:02:53 GMT -5
We have a round pen made up of tubing cattle panels, a 1/4 turn pen leading into 2 chutes with gates between the chutes and a neck gate on the end. All of this is laid out about 25 feet apart with panels and a fence making it all enclosed. We have a gate into the yard so we can back the trailer up and load/unload cattle. We also have a digital scale in the first chute. We find that all of this comes in very handy. The only thing I have against the type of neck gate that we have is that calves under about 350lbs won't stay in the gate. I think there are types of gates that will hold smaller calves. So I would look at that aspect of a neck gate before I bought one. As to using a squeeze chute I wouldn't pay the extra money unless I was going to have large numbers of cows that are on pasture and aren't used to humans. Then it is invaluable to control unruly cattle. All of our cows and calves see a human at least once a day and most are show cows that are halter broke so they aren't any problem. I do buy sick calves and nurse them back to health from time to time and have gotten a couple that were a bit wild. But they were big enough that our setup wasn't a problem. Good luck with your dreaming.
We have nurse cows, calves, show calves, llamas, pygmy goats, turkeys, chickens, pigs, dogs and cats on our little piece of Heaven.
We are now selling fresh whole milk and mozzarella and Velveeta style cheeses along with fresh eggs.
Post by Rodie Todie on Jul 19, 2010 0:15:04 GMT -5
I don't use the squeeze chute on my dairy heifer. She just doesn't need it. I do however use it on all of the beef animals for vaccinations, branding, tagging, mouthing, doctoring, preg checks, and if my AI guy didn't have a breeding barn, I'd use it for that too. None of them are halter broke, and I don't mess with the bull unless he is restrained. I try not to develop any kind of a relationship with him. Happy dreaming! I dream about getting a hydraulic squeeze chute... Ohh and a grooming chute... =)
Post by crowinghen on Jul 19, 2010 10:17:15 GMT -5
We bought an old rusty head gate out of a lady's field, then I painted it and my hubby got it working right. We use a few panels to make a chute, then built a really stout lane that they go through to the head gate. It is very helpful when doctoring or ai'ing or even milking our cows when we need to ( like this year when one of the cows had very persistent plugs in her teats). Our neighbors use it too. best 150 bucks I ever spent for the farm.
Post by jerseymike on Jul 19, 2010 11:48:57 GMT -5
We have a head gate, tilting calf table/chute and an older cable squeeze chute (still need to replace a cable and a couple of boards to be fully fuctional). The head gate we picked up for about $150, the calf table was $25 and the chute was $25 all bought at auctions and I to this day have not used any of them. That's the power of tame livestock. I am working on a way to make the calf table into a drop bottom table for the goats and sheep so I can stand up while I trim hooves and give shots/worm. Gets tiring bending over for the better part of a day when it's time to vaccinate. We started buying this stuff before I had cattle out here (pretty much the only time I've actually had the horse before the cart).
City born, Country raised by wife Edith "Jersey" She Who Must Be Obeyed Baboo our ½ Angus ½ Jersey Heifer Moe and Curley Joe the two Stooge steers Nubian and Boer Goats Galore. Dorper Sheep with Beau the Aussie Shepherd to watch over them and Christy our fat mini Schnauzer who sleeps through it all. Ducks, Chickens, and Geese.
We hope to buy a farm in the mountains when we are through with school(2 years). We look forward to being able to have a beef herd and I guess it was the beef herd that I was thinking it would be nice to have a squeeze chute.
As I've told my husband, we plan to make the farm our last and only home, and I want to design it for longevity and conveniance(well, as conveniance as a farm can be LOL). It will be our dream place, so all my day dreaming gets notes taken and researched. LOL You know, all those mental noted things you've noted how you'd do it you had them to do again.
Like when I'm lunging our youngest gelding in the ice and snow in the roundpen, I turn and tell my husband that "our" roundpen will be in a building. Not ACed and heated, but out of the elements and lighted.
Our constant planning keeps us focused in our school, maybe not always in class(doodles, drawing, day dreaming....), (and sane while we live with my inlaws. lmao )
I bought a powder river head gate off craigslist for 75 and a couple railroad ties ,and made a shoot I have worked all my cows threw it ,and they are all gentle and trained to go in, I work them by myself set a feed tub in front open catch enough for the cow to put her head in, open gate let cow in walk up and shut the catch easy, I have milked in it when I was not sure of the cow, but am sure glad to have it when I vaccinate and biotrac the cows , when I bring calves in I just halter them and tie them on the other side of the gate so they can not back up Suzanne
2 children Steven and Leila permitted 006 RCM Dairy Paprika 3/4 Jersey 1/4 Highland/Angus/Herford 2018 heifer Cookie 3/4 jersey 1/4 Hereford 2017 JC a Jersey or cross heifer Emmy a Galiceno pony Tonta the rescue Mustang pony some goats and the ever changing bottle calves
We have small and large headgates for the beef cows and calves. They come in handy for vaccinations and pre-AI hormone shots. The small headgate certainly was a lifesaver this past winter when a whole bunch of calves got pneumonia and required antibiotics.
My dairy cows are nurse cows so I halter broke them and I have not found it necessary to use a headgate on them because they stand tied nicely.
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