Halter breaking cow/calf?

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Halter breaking cow/calf?

Postby holm25 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:38 pm

So lately I have been searching and searching for ways to halter break a calf to show a cow/calf pair in 4H this year and have had zero luck finding stuff! Do you halter break the calf right away or wait a month or so? The cow is already halter broke and was shown as a heifer. I am just wondering how to go about haltering the calf?

Also our fair is the last week in July? Do you think a calf born the other day will be mature enough by then? And we will be re-breeding the cow the first week of June. How long should I let her stay in the pasture after breeding before I start working with the cow again so she sticks?

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Re: Halter breaking cow/calf?

Postby Bright Raven » Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:43 pm

There was a recent thread entitled "Halter Training". Only about 8 or 10 days ago. Check that thread.

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Re: Halter breaking cow/calf?

Postby Nesikep » Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:45 pm

Yep, I don't feel like rewriting everything I usually do.. not to be a be nice, but it has been covered quite thoroughly recently
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Re: Halter breaking cow/calf?

Postby Nesikep » Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:37 pm

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Re: Halter breaking cow/calf?

Postby holm25 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:50 am

:D Thanks

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Re: Halter breaking cow/calf?

Postby Boot Jack Bulls » Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:37 pm

Holm, since you have a halter broke mama, you have a good training tool right at hand! On top of what was posted in the other thread, when you are ready to take the pair out to the driveway/lawn for practice, put a halter on both. Slip knot the leads together toward the end of the leads. Move the pair by moving mama, with control maintained at her halter. This way, for the first couple of times at least, the calf learns to be out and about on the halter, but it he goes bouncing off, mom stops him. She can teach the calf a lot, and keep him calm. After the calf behaves tied to mama, get them both used to working while the other is tied in the barn (this will save time and energy down the road).

I have seen week old calves shown at their dam's sides. They are cute, but will get blown out of the water by a more mature pair.

You will not likely compromise the pregnancy by working with her at home. You may however, do so by making her stand for nearly a week at a fair. If you pay close attention at fair, you will see several bred heifers bleeding off. The heat and stress is a good way to make one slip an early pregnancy. We always had this problem since the county fair was in July and state fair was early Aug. It is just a risk you run when attempting to breed stock you plan to show during the hottest part of the year.
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Re: Halter breaking cow/calf?

Postby holm25 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:22 am

Thanks Boot jack! I used your advice and the calf is leading well when with mama now. Still have lots of work but I think it will be worth it!

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Re: Halter breaking cow/calf?

Postby Boot Jack Bulls » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:36 pm

holm25 wrote:Thanks Boot jack! I used your advice and the calf is leading well when with mama now. Still have lots of work but I think it will be worth it!

Good to hear! Just keep at it. When the calf seems to be responding well to the halter and not bolting, leave mom in the barn when practicing. If the calf can't behave when alone, then try having someone lead mom in the general area you are working. Do it right, and you should have a dead broke calf to show. Best of luck!
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