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Mean Heifer
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Dean and Susan    Posted 08-25-2003 at 21:29:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We bought a Herford Heifer about 6 months ago. She is about 15 months old now (8/25/03). She is very skittish and we cannot get near her without her bucking, running about and even charging at us. I would like to have her bred but the AI people aren't excited about her attitude. I can't say as I blaim them. Does anyone have any advice about how we can calm her down or even tame her? We would appreciate any thoughts you may have. Thanks.


Dale    Posted 08-26-2003 at 09:42:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't waste your time. Even if you get her tamed down, a lot of the times it's genetic and she'll pass it on to her calves. Save yourself a lot of problems and get rid of her now, there are lots of other heifers around.


LH    Posted 08-25-2003 at 23:04:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try handfeeding her form a bucket of corn. Do it every day and she should tame down


Promise Land Ranch    Posted 08-26-2003 at 06:28:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
LH has the right idea. You need to approch her every day with something special like some grain, green cornstalks, carrot tops, or something else she doesn't get every day. At first put it about 15 feet away from you and just sit down(you are less of a threat to them if you sit or kneel) and wait for her to come get it. Each day move the "special" food closer to you. Give yourself lots of time to do this each day because it may take awile at first. Within a couple weeks she should be eating out of your hands and letting you touch her head and neck. This is how I gentle range beef steers each year and it works.

Hope it works for you to, and remember patience is best with cows.

Shelby


SeaJ    Posted 08-26-2003 at 08:26:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thats what I did with a mean bull that was about that age when we got him. At the auction barn he had all the "cowboys" up on the fence. Now he eats out of my hand and follows me around the pasture. It just takes some time and patience. I go riding around the woods here on my trail gator and look back and here he is following me.lol.


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