Ear tag got caught and tore ear....

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Ear tag got caught and tore ear....

Post by Ohio Cowboy » Wed May 01, 2019 8:22 pm

Anyone have a cow with a torn ear? What did you do? Leave it alone or have a go at fixing it?



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Re: Ear tag got caught and tore ear....

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Wed May 01, 2019 8:25 pm

I usually don’t see them until they have already healed up so clearly benign neglect does work.
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Re: Ear tag got caught and tore ear....

Post by kenny thomas » Wed May 01, 2019 8:30 pm

Seen lots over the years. Never seen anyone fix one.
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Re: Ear tag got caught and tore ear....

Post by Ohio Cowboy » Wed May 01, 2019 8:39 pm

Figures. Got a pic of how they look when there healed up ? Why is it always a favorite, lol.

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Re: Ear tag got caught and tore ear....

Post by kenny thomas » Wed May 01, 2019 8:42 pm

Some spray antibiotic and maybe fly spray wouldn't hurt. I'm sure a vet could fix it but not sure how it woud look.
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Re: Ear tag got caught and tore ear....

Post by Hippie Rancher » Wed May 01, 2019 8:42 pm

just looks like an ear mark (we ear mark and brand out here in the west) most cattle out here have carved up ears anyway. I have ripped ears putting tags in, seen them torn up from fighting or brush or dogs and on top of that the earmark I impulsively chose when I was applying for my brand is a small hole in left ear, they almost always rip out. :roll:

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Re: Ear tag got caught and tore ear....

Post by Silver » Wed May 01, 2019 10:29 pm

Makes the cow easier to recognize. Like the one with the weird curly horn or the short tail.

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Re: Ear tag got caught and tore ear....

Post by Lucky » Wed May 01, 2019 10:36 pm

Pretty common and gives them some character. Must heal up really quick too.

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Re: Ear tag got caught and tore ear....

Post by lithuanian farmer » Thu May 02, 2019 4:17 am

Have a couple. Never done anything. But it is quite a challenge to retag...

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Re: Ear tag got caught and tore ear....

Post by sstterry » Thu May 02, 2019 5:05 am

I have a couple of cows whose ears look like they were sent through a paper shredder. The cow will be fine.

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Re: Ear tag got caught and tore ear....

Post by TCRanch » Thu May 02, 2019 7:11 am

I have 2 with ripped ears. Bled like crazy, sprayed with Blue Kote, tagged the other ear. Gives them character!

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Re: Ear tag got caught and tore ear....

Post by Dave » Thu May 02, 2019 7:22 am

I had a rented pasture that floods in the winter. There was a duck blind out there built up 6 feet or so. It had that non-climbable horse fence around the bottom. In the fall I would go to that duck blind and collect about a third of the ear tags. Cows would rub on the blind, hook the ear tag on the wire, and tear it off. Just tag again the next time down the chute.

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Re: Ear tag got caught and tore ear....

Post by MRRherefords » Thu May 02, 2019 7:53 am

Always happens to the favorite :lol: We have had multiple over the years especially with the amount of low hanging trees we have. Blue kote if caught in time otherwise it'll be fine.

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Re: Ear tag got caught and tore ear....

Post by T & B farms » Sat May 04, 2019 12:00 pm

I have one girl I call ol’ rip for two reasons. She has a big slit in both ears from ripping out tags. I’ve given up on even tagging her. Other reason, when she has her calf she is the meanest ol’ rip I’ve ever been around. For the first month, you can’t get within 75 yards of her calf. After a month, she goes back to normal. First one in the coral, and last to leave. Sticks to the ai every year, and has given me several daughters they are just as good or better than her. You don’t have to worry about anything getting their calves.
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Re: Ear tag got caught and tore ear....

Post by Son of Butch » Sat May 04, 2019 2:14 pm

On the tv show Gunsmoke, Festus bit da little hangy down part of a fella's ear clean off and
Doc Milburn didn't bother fixin up the ear... so don't know why a cow's ear is any better. :)

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