Vet here will cut em.I haven't even spoken to the vet yet, so I don't know what the common practice there is. I guess if they sew the skin over, flies wouldn't be a problem, right? I always hear about cows having bloody open holes in their heads, and I really don't want that, so I was planning on leaving her horns intact, but not if I can't get her in the stanchion to milk her.
MM, I'll have to ask him if he can modify it at all. I don't see how, but maybe if we both sit and look at it for a while, we can think of something. The side supports go three feet down in the dirt, so those probably aren't moving. And hubby is getting old to the point of not being able to do a lot of work anymore... but maybe he can tell me what to do, if we come up with a plan, and I can do the actual work.
I should call the vet first, though. It might be easier to just de-horn her and be done with it. It would sure save ME a lot of work, that's for sure!
Teach your kids to love cows and they will never have money for drugs!!!Yeah, but a metal gate wouldn't split when they pushed on it with their big ol' hard heads! LOL!
I love your cows! So sweet and gentle. That full udder makes me want to milk it! Drives me nuts when they're so full and let down, and then the calf just sips while mom drips. Gah! I want that milk if he doesn't!
I just love cows. It's like a disease or an addiction or something. At least it's a healthy addiction, right?
She sure looks nice n smooth now!Ha! You would think so by now, wouldn't you? But no. I don't know what the heck the problem is, but I can NOT touch her head.
I finally got her in the headlock, and thought, OK, now I can do stuff like loosen her halter and hook on a lead and stuff, but she's a direct descendant of Houdini, and managed to pull her head out of THAT narrow slot, horns and all, when I reached in to touch her face. I was just going to scritch her a little, nothing horrible, but "OMG, DON'T TOUCH MY FACE!!!" and she put it in reverse and did a panic back-up you wouldn't believe. I didn't.
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Have to replace the "extension" block board with a longer one, and the vertical boards are going to have to be actually touching her neck on either side to keep her in there. All my other girls were blockheads, and there was NO WAY they could get out of that headlock, even as yearlings. Molly just keeps surprising me, LOL! And here's her cute little face, just before she transformed into a raving lunatic:
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I'm having much better luck with the puppy! LOL! He LOVES when I touch his face. Or any other part of him. He's such a fuzzy bundle of joy. At least Molly finally figured out what he was, so she's not chasing him anymore. That was weird...