Stop heifers kicking in parlour

whelan1

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Often wonder how the lads starting off with a herd of heifers get on. At least when they are in with cows you can push them up
 

jay gatsby

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Often wonder how the lads starting off with a herd of heifers get on. At least when they are in with cows you can push them up
Every one I have asked says it's no bother at all. Frankly I dont believe them. I know I'd be sweating sending a row of fresh calved heifers up a 20 unit parlour of clean concrete and shiny metal.
 

thefarminglad

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Every one I have asked says it's no bother at all. Frankly I dont believe them. I know I'd be sweating sending a row of fresh calved heifers up a 20 unit parlour of clean concrete and shiny metal.
When i started with all heifers three years ago i only let 7 in at one side for first 8 weeks and when they quieten down, i filled that side and then after another month started using both sides of parlour. Was more issues with machine at start than with the animals.
 

Billo

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Never found kickbars much good and tail cramps waste of time. Lifting the tail still the only thing that works every time and dosent drive em mad or hurt them. I know! 4 hands required...anyone know of any gadget to keep tail lifted?
 

Bencroy

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Never found kickbars much good and tail cramps waste of time. Lifting the tail still the only thing that works every time and dosent drive em mad or hurt them. I know! 4 hands required...anyone know of any gadget to keep tail lifted?
had a similar problem years ago with a bunch of heifers of a stock bull.temperment strain skipped a generation or so and came out in the heifers.the bull himself was a very docile easy going sort of animal.
they never really settled after 3 months or so.the worse of them went to the factory.....were absolute nuts.was the safest place for them.didnt breed replacements of the other ones either.
after 3 or 4 milkings most heifers are grand
 

scoffcruddle

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Never found kickbars much good and tail cramps waste of time. Lifting the tail still the only thing that works every time and dosent drive em mad or hurt them. I know! 4 hands required...anyone know of any gadget to keep tail lifted?
Tail clamp high up works far better than a kickbar,you can wean them off a clamp easier,never needed to lift a cows tail in years.
 

jf 850

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Only ever used battery type jump lead clamps which never worked for me. Are there specialised tail clamps on t
he market?
@diesel power brother swears by the vice grips with the long C Type jaws , looks like you could open an oil filter with it .
I tried a vice grip once . Near got beheaded, when it parted company with the tail it had been attached to .
I'm a great believer in a piece of rope about 4 ft long , rope her leg to the rail . Doesn't hurt or frighten her , but keeps her under control.
 
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