If you get one that bock headed a 8 foot solid wall would be about all that would work. But as I said, ours are trained to hotwire from birth.c farmer":7666iar1 said:We use a single strand of temp hotwire to fenceline wean and haven;t had any issues
Last year when I was seperating calves from the mothers I had one that went through 5 wire high tensile.
I shushed a neighbors cow home yesterday morning. She was hot fotting it down the road to where the calves that had just been weaned were. 2 1/2 miles and several turns but she found them anyway. I got her back in and a couple of hours later she was back by the calves.dyates":2fwwlfpy said:I wish I could get fenceline weaning to work. My only success has been with two good fences separated by several miles. I even had one old seasoned cow get out and hoof it down the blacktop to the other farm. She was standing at the gate waiting the next morning. I'm pretty sure she didn't stop and ask for directions, either.
Bonsman":e6fx7p2g said:It is interesting to note how many people use hot wires or barb wire to wean.
As long as I can remember we have weaned our cattle in lots that have steel post, gates, top pipe, and cable wires. Prior to that, we had wooden lots. We weigh and measure all cattle when they first come int the lot to be worked. Then we keep them in the lot for a week or ten days before we let them out into a small weaning pasture with feed bunks and a 5 wire fence. They get alfalfa, oat hay, and 14% creep feed until they go to the weaning pasture attached to the lots. Then they get creep until they have been weaned 45 days after which they are set free in a larger pasture for breedng purposes or to gain a little more weight, or they are sold. Other than the feed ration during weaning process, we have been doing this for four generations.
That is why I like this board. I find out how many different ways there are to do things.
Jeanne - Simme Valley":14vycikx said:Dun - that would be interesting. I KNOW my calves (or many of them) would go right back to sucking after 60 days - and we fenceline like you. Don't know how you get away with it. Ours stay seperated til they are bred.