Post by mommasquilts on Jan 10, 2021 8:27:16 GMT -5
I never dreamed how important it would be for me to have halter broken and lead trained animals until Dakota got sick. I just halter broke them all because “that’s what your supposed to do” and I figured it might make my life easier. I’ve had to take her places she did not want to go, walk her on and off trailers with no chute available, make her get up and exercise, give her treatment in inconvenient locations. The list goes on. Yesterday when we thought we would need a donor animal for a rumen transplant, I haltered Cassidy with no fuss and walked her across the yard and on to a trailer. I also did the opposite when we got back. Yesterday could have been a huge flail but it wasn’t.
Years of reading posts convinced me that it was worth halter breaking grown animals even though it wasn’t real easy. It wasn’t real hard either, just interesting to see personalities come out when we went through the process. Several of you helped with great advice and personal experiences. Yesterday, it all paid off. Thank you!!!
Glad that worked out for you. We halter break all of ours because I need to be able to handle them and I don't have a chute. It sure makes things easier for us. Last week the FSA guy came to inspect my daughter's cattle as she has a youth loan. He asked how we work them. He was surprised to learn they are all halter broke (except the red Angus bull which we did not on purpose) We get rid of really high headed cows that don't want to lead. Too many cows out there with good disostions to waste time on one that doesn't want to get with the program. How is Dakota today?
I agree! I had one beef heifer who was given to me as an orphan calf 2 months old and sick and tiny... I am still convinced she was half white tailed deer! she was always dangerously wild, never could get her to settle or lead or handle at all. she went into the freezer asap. and suddenly, the whole barnyard was much more relaxed.
That taught me the importance of lead training around here, because I could not do anything with her! moving from one pen to another was a headache. not worth it. thank goodness she never needed any additional medical treatment...
There have been many times I was grateful for a halter trained animal. Most notably, the 1500# steer that we needed to load for butcher one morning. It had rained 3 inches the night before and no way could we get to our loading chute. (Fixed that issue) I hadn't had him haltered in over a year, but he remembered and walked right into the trailer with a pan of grain as reward. Whew.
The Long Acre: Home to a motley crew of milking and beef cattle, a couple yard cops (dogs), too many chickens, and 5 supervisors (cats).
The day Belle got out and I had to walk her back along the highway made me really appreciate halter training.
It's nice to be able to walk across the road, put a halter on one animal and bring it back over without having to pull them all across and back again to cut one out.
Big Moo (dexter cow), Belle (jersey cow) Little Moo (dexter steer), Jack (lowline steer), Ziggy (lowline x dexter steer), Flora (lowline cow), Jaffa (dexter x red angus cow), Sorcha (jersey x highland heifer), Annie (jersey heifer), Panda & Oxboy (jersey steers), Vienna, Ari & Spring (calves). 8 sheep (dorper and awassi x white dorper), 2 cats (Sarge, Hoot & Jasmine), Finn& Poppy the Amazing Maremmas, 18 chooks.
Julie wife, mom to 3 wonderful ( now adult) kids :-)
Jersey steer --Willie RIP-- Rose-Jersey RIP-- Abby - Jersey Rosie-- Jersey past family cow Lily -- Angus / Jersey past family cow 2 appaloosas- Candy, Sierra 1 quarter horse - Salem 3 dogs-- Sunny, Mia, Sadie a herd of 25 Boer goats 37 chickens
Yes! It is well worth making sure every calf is halter trained. Even if you don't halter them for a year after that, they still remember!
"And God said, "See, I have given you every green herb that yields seed which is on the face of the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food ... Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed, it was very good." Genesis 1:29, 31a
"Then God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them: "...Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given them to you, even as the green herbs." Genesis 9:1,3
Post by richard olson on Jan 12, 2021 0:58:18 GMT -5
great topic!not all mature cows will learn to lead but if you want to give it a shot just get a heavy duty halter and tie the animal to a large post with a about five feet lenght with a slip knot so you can let her go if the animal does the jersey flop.i trim at a commercial dairy that leads 1800 pound cows out to my chute no problems.start training as calves is easy.good job for children!
The worst thing about getting older is remembering what it was like when you were young.
Absolutely! Definitely halter-break/train to lead. I have a steer that I trained as a calf, and I'm so glad I did. At some point last summer, my neighbor got some new cows and forgot to turn the fence on. After about an hour or so if trying to catch one of the cows that escaped into the woods, I said "forget it, I'm going to get Sam (my steer). He hadn't been haltered in at least 2 months, yet behaved perfectly on lead. I brought him through the woods to where the escapee was, and then led them both back to the farm. It was amazing, I was impressed that he remembered everything so well. I think the MOST important thing to teach is "back". My cow never learned it, and boy do I wish she had.
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