Chillin' with the herd
- Jun 17, 2020
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I do completely understand and know firsthand how dangerous any bull can be that is raised by human hands because they have no fear of us in them. Right now Taz is 7mos old and with getting all these new heifers he has shown out some. Back when we were still raising beef cattle I had a holstein angus X bull that was my baby for 14mos that I raised on a bottle. My sweet little brownie picked me up by the butt with his horns from behind one morning..the second time it happened my husband loaded him up. My kids are not allowed in the fields with the cows in them without us and we have made sure to teach them that they are not pets and can and will hurt or kill you in the blink of an eye. Only reason I've held on to taz this long is because I'm going to eat him in a year and now that I have jerseys I'm going to use him to breed until he is finished out. I'm not bad to my animals by any means and I do develop relationships with them because we do have to work together, but I process my meat from the hogs, chickens, quail, and cattle I raise just like I eat my produce from my gardens so if he becomes a safety issue for me then he will be in the freezer that same day. Just a little showing out I can manage, you never ever go in a pasture with livestock without something in your hands and your cowdog, but if I ever feel like I'm in real trouble with one then it can no longer be a part of the Apple valley crew. And we make a point to spend a lot of time with our cattle and walk beside them and pour out feed instead of just dumping it from a truck as we drive thru that way our herd isn't wild and can be a tad more predictable.Are you concerned at all about the imprinting on the bull calves due to bottle feeding? I've read that Jersey bulls are difficult to manage without that handicap but after imprinting on a human with bottle feeding, downright dangerous upon reaching sexual maturity. Not something you want around you or your kids, no matter how sweet and cute they are now.
Sometimes our best intentions can lead to disastrous consequences. This is the case when male orphans are bottle fed by people. With spring finally here,www.producer.com
A Highland bull shattered the life of Judy Ligo when he turned on her.www.farmanddairy.com
Many dairy bulls start life docile and trustworthy. Their disposition often changes when they reach three to five years of age. Here are some of the reasons why.homesteadontherange.com