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Loading steer
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VKG    Posted 12-27-2002 at 06:27:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I thought maybe someone out there may have some ideas. We have a 3 horse trailer. We are trying to load the steer for the long ride. The steer has had little to eat for 2 days.We have had hay and grain inside the trailer for him the entire time. He will not get all 4 feet inside. There is a step up for him, about 5 inches. We made a platform for him to step on which he has no problem with. It is so muddy with all the rain he looked like he was sinking. This is our first experience with a steer. He is friendly but very strong and I have already been injured by him once before. When he leans almost all the way in should I sting him on the rear. Will he jump forward? If I stand behind the door and close it on him when he 3/4 of the way in will he likely go forward or backup? I don't want to scare him and make things worse. Any help would be appreciated.

Hogman*********    Posted 12-28-2002 at 06:40:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sometimes if tha trailer shakes as They first step in it will spook'em. I have found even with the 20' GN it helps if tha front jack is down and blocks under tha back corners. Tha more solid tha footin tha better. Also it realy helps if tha trailer is parked headin North,also as another post suggested have tha front escape door open to let in light,assumin Ya have somebody ta close it befor ole steer trys ta go on through.
If Ya got a Heeler dawg thing just get'im headin in tha right direction yell real loud'n at tha same time let tha dawg start grabbin hin'hocks'n hope tha steer don't go plumb through tha front end.

Les...fortunate    Posted 12-27-2002 at 17:53:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can't you get some kind of a halter on him? Has he never been hitched up before? If the answer is "no", then I guess you'll have to go with the others' advice. I can't imagine you'd want him flopping around loose in a big trailer he doesn't want to be in even if you managed to get him in there.

Burrhead    Posted 12-27-2002 at 16:48:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
VKG the easiest way I've ever loaded without a chute is with a single cow panel. The welded wire type.

Tie one end of it to the rear of the trailer running back from the trailer parallel to the side nearest where the steer will come to eat the feed.

Then put the feed in there for him and step out yourself.

Now when he goes for the feed just drag the cow panel up snug behind him and whap his butt with a board or rope. If ye have somebody to help you it makes it fairly simple.

I don't like to use a electric prod myself cause them critters go bonkers sometimes and do opposite of what you want and you can get hurt real bad-real quick with a scared or mad and scared steer.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 12-28-2002 at 05:54:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You have a point there, Burr. I don't like using a hot shot neither. After one experiance you can't get close enough to cattle to do yourself any good. I don't own one. Seems they can do more harm that good sometimes. We have always found a bucket with a few cubes or some sweet feed works much better anyhow. Or sometimes just a feed sack will work wonders.

kraig WY    Posted 12-27-2002 at 15:21:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Build a temp shoot leading toward the trailer gate. Get you a coil of rope (cows don't like rope) run him into the shoot and wack him on the rump with the coil of rope, he wont back into the rope. You have to have some type of shoot or alley way to get him started. As long as you hold the rope in a treatening manner he wont back out allowing you to get the trailer gate shut. Trust me, you're not gonna be able to wrestle him into the trailer.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 12-27-2002 at 10:27:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
When your friend gets everything in the trl. except his hind feet and is trying to lean as far as possible towards the bucket of feed, in the absence of a good hot shot,whack him on the butt with a length of 1x4"Don't spare the rod here, let him know he has been hit. The flat side of the board will sting without bruising tomarrow night's pot roast. When the steer lunges forward into the trl. slam the door on him quick.You may wish to stand to one side when you do the whacking just in case plan one doens't go exactly as described.

Warren    Posted 12-27-2002 at 08:34:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
The best luck that I have had loading cattle on a trailer without a chute is to try to get the cow/steer to think that is where it wants to go. I put it in a small pen and back the trailer up tight to the pen. It really helps if the trailer is at the spot where the cow usually goes in and out. Once the trailer is up tight to the gates I will open an access door on the trailer to let in some light and to make the cow think there is an exit there. Next, I begin to slowly crowd the cow by sliding the gates slowly together. It really helps if the pen is narrow so the cow cannot turn around once you begin crowding. Do not push it too hard or fast. Let the cow take her time and think that this is exactly what she wants to do. Go Slow! These things are too big and strong. Just slow and easy with a minimum of fuss and comotion. I generally do it alone or with one other person familiar to the cow, that way they don't get too upset.

DeadCarp    Posted 12-27-2002 at 08:04:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
What you'll probably need is a chute of some kind - at least wood - so whichever way he decides to bounce, nothing will get busted. Chances are, once he feels the prod, he'll bolt whichever way his head is pointed. Encouragement is up to you, but i'd whap or poke with a stick before i got the prod. Most of them will get the hint.

Larry    Posted 12-27-2002 at 07:17:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]

It's hard telling what any one animal will do. He could either jump right on the trailer or back up right over you.Probably the best thing you could do is to heard him over to the tailer and don't let him stop to think about it once he is part way on.Have someone help you swing the trailer gate in behind him and keep him moving. You may even want to give him a jolt with the prod just when the gate hits him in the butt. Let us know how you make out.We'll probably be sitting here wondering what might have happened to you.Good luck and be careful.

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