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Ponies,and calves???
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goinnutts    Posted 04-05-2001 at 23:42:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
howdy all,,,, I have a quick question,,, I have had hereford beef cows now for some years, well the heifers started dropping some calves,, my question is this,, I bought a nice pony for the boys early last spring,, has been quite a nice animal,, not as nasty as most ponies, with people anyway, he seems to bite and shove the newborn calves a bit,, so we are keeping the mommas and babes seperated from this pony ,but dont want to keep them seperated once we start pasturing fully, any suggestions of how to break him from harrassing the calves,, we have horses and they dont seem to bother,, is it just that he feels like he can be head of pecking order with them and not with the horses??????
thanks, pat

WSF    Posted 04-07-2001 at 13:49:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I saw the same problem with an old pony that got along fine with Charolais mammy cows but detested the calves. The only thing that worked was to separate the pony from the calves; everyone was much happier after that.

Tom Washburne    Posted 04-06-2001 at 08:25:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I once had a steer-calve that thought it was a ram. Quite interesting watching a ram head-butt a steer in dominance battles. The ram had more speed, but the mass of the steer seemed to compensate fine. I solved the problem by putting the steer in the freezer. I bet the calves will take care of themselves when they get a little older. I'm surprised the momma cows haven't put a stop to it. --TW

goinnutts    Posted 04-06-2001 at 21:06:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
yeah,,, i guess we will never be able to totally undestand animals,, some humans are hard enough; )
yeah they will haver to get used to it,, yeah, the heifer seems to be holding back, but wont leave the calfs side,, good sign.. i have them in their pen now ,,we'll see what happens in a week or so,, I'll let them together again and hope for the best.. thanks
think spring.... they say it is on its way,, but i tend to think different in upstate NY still snowed in

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