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I have recorded the numbers of the agressors and they are going to the sale after Thanksgiving along with 20 or more calves.
My methods to stop this may seem extreme, but at our age, we cannot afford to have agressive cattle in the herd. My wife has to cut the bale wrap and I operate the tractor due to a bad knee. A dead cow is less cost than an ER visit and not near as painful. I have one cow that seems to always be in a fight when feeding, but that one was not involoved this time!!! She is still going to the sale. I lost a door on a good pickup a few years back due to 2 cows fighting over the water trough. They got put in the freezer.
Any experiences like this???
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A cow secluding itself from the herd to calve in peace. Suddenly 20 inquisitive cows come rushing up. She feels threatened, her birthing hormones are at work. She acts aggressively towards the closest cow who happens to be the herd matriarch. Fight on...maternal aggression vs hierarchy. Do you know the 'pecking order' of the herd? Well, not quite the whole herd but more who the boss lady is?
Had a cow that was being attacked by bees a time back. She was panicking trying to get away from the bees and mistakenly bashed in to the old matriarch...there was he!! to pay, matriarch took her full on.
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