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Running heavy Breds through chute

Post by tncattle » Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:14 pm

I’m off this week and need to work our first calf heifers. There is 16 total and 6 havent calved yet. We just have a head gate and no squeeze. They will be getting vaccinated, worked and old fly tags pulled out. Is it too hard/dangerous to work these heavy breds? They are 8 months or more.



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Re: Running heavy Breds through chute

Post by Dave » Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:21 pm

Gentle and easy. I wouldn't want any fighting with them. I would be more concern with what you are vaccinating with at this stage.

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Re: Running heavy Breds through chute

Post by Brookhill Angus » Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:41 pm

I wouldn’t touch them.

I don’t ever mess with them that far along unless it’s an emergency
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Re: Running heavy Breds through chute

Post by callmefence » Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:03 am

If I buy heavy breds to turn out. I like to get them branded. But like posted above. Slow and easy. If one wants to raise he// she gets a pass.
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Re: Running heavy Breds through chute

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:08 am

tncattle wrote:
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:14 pm
I’m off this week and need to work our first calf heifers. There is 16 total and 6 havent calved yet. We just have a head gate and no squeeze. They will be getting vaccinated, worked and old fly tags pulled out. Is it too hard/dangerous to work these heavy breds? They are 8 months or more.
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Re: Running heavy Breds through chute

Post by Rydero » Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:11 am

Just like anything there's a chance things could go wrong but we've had to do quite a bit with our heavy bred cows/heifers depending on the year. This year heifers were run through pretty late for scour bos, booster, branding and brisket tags all at one time. The heifers were new to us and we didn't have any pillows in the runway or chute, had a couple go down, one that wouldn't get up till I let her out of the headgate - she never got her brisket tag till later but we had no issue with abortion. We haul our breds home to calve every year 10-14 days before calving start date without issue too. If you need to do it get it done.

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Re: Running heavy Breds through chute

Post by Ebenezer » Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:52 am

Not a problem.

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Re: Running heavy Breds through chute

Post by 1982vett » Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:53 pm

tncattle wrote:
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:14 pm
I’m off this week and need to work our first calf heifers. There is 16 total and 6 havent calved yet. We just have a head gate and no squeeze. They will be getting vaccinated, worked and old fly tags pulled out. Is it too hard/dangerous to work these heavy breds? They are 8 months or more.
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Not a problem.
Yeah, but if something does go wrong you’ll always wonder.....can’t say working a heavy bred has caused a problem here, but I always let out a sigh of relief after one calves on its own.
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Re: Running heavy Breds through chute

Post by Ebenezer » Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:41 am

1982vett wrote:
Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:53 pm
tncattle wrote:
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:14 pm
I’m off this week and need to work our first calf heifers. There is 16 total and 6 havent calved yet. We just have a head gate and no squeeze. They will be getting vaccinated, worked and old fly tags pulled out. Is it too hard/dangerous to work these heavy breds? They are 8 months or more.
Ebenezer wrote:
Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:52 am
Not a problem.
Yeah, but if something does go wrong you’ll always wonder.....can’t say working a heavy bred has caused a problem here, but I always let out a sigh of relief after one calves on its own.
The show must go on. Get 'er done. Have run them thru chutes for years like that for prebreeding shots. Breds get KV and calved cows get MLV. Never saw an issue. Even preg checked late and had cows calve within a short time. Just don't be a macho man and rough them up.

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Re: Running heavy Breds through chute

Post by gcreekrch » Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:06 pm

Interesting comments, we put the whole cow herd through every year for scour vaccination 2 weeks prior to calving. Once in a while a dead calf is born or a premie but the benefit still outweighs the drawback.
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Re: Running heavy Breds through chute

Post by Midtenn » Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:52 pm

I'd be more concerned with 1 or 2 month breds than heavy breds.

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Re: Running heavy Breds through chute

Post by TexasBred » Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:52 pm

Ebenezer wrote:
Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:52 am
Not a problem.
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Re: Running heavy Breds through chute

Post by sim.-ang.king » Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:56 pm

Less of problem in the last 3 months, than in the first 3 months. Run'em through.
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Re: Running heavy Breds through chute

Post by snoopdog » Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:33 pm

I workem when I can, heavy breds , light breds, retainer heifers, whatever. They are not fragile, if you do your part and stay calm and take care of bidness, you're gonna have a minimum of problems related to. We can always wonder what if.
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Re: Running heavy Breds through chute

Post by Lucky_P » Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:16 am

Gcreek
Colostral antibody levels are 'set' by 5 weeks pre-calving.
If you're giving vaccines to cows at 2 wks pre-calving in hopes of passing protection on to calves, you've 'missed the boat'.
Ideally, any vaccines intended to boost colostral antibodies need to be given no later than 8 wks prior to calving.

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