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post #11 of 22 Old 05-13-2013, 08:50 AM
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We spayed some heifers that we knew we weren't interested in keeping as replacement cows. They did gain better than the unspayed. That would be our only reason for doing it again, but the cost benefit wasn't there. It was about a break even thing for us.

We still castrate by knife.

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Great story smrobs. And well told. I could see the whole thing in my head.
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post #13 of 22 Old 05-13-2013, 09:48 AM
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Glad that you have the horse you need for the job that you do.
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post #14 of 22 Old 05-13-2013, 03:06 PM
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I'd never heard of spaying cattle either. Interesting! Now I have a bit of a more graphic question, that doesn't have to be answered...just to satisfy my curiosity xD do they full our tranq them and spay them like you would a cat or dog? I'd always heard that large animals are never spayed because there is too much risk during and after the procedure for them.
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LOL, well, to be graphic right back, they go in vaginally and do it. I'm unsure whether they tranq at all or not. All I do know is that they are usually spayed just shortly before we get them and we have to watch for signs of infection. We've been getting spayed heifers for about 5 years now (probably totals up to about 2000 head I've seen) and we've only had to doctor a handful for complications...and even those healed up quickly.

Now, if they could only find a way that was as easy for horses...
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Sounds like an awesome day! Our first branding and round up is the 8th of June. I will be sure to share the details as there are always a couple good stories to share!
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Ah, ok! I couldn't imagine them spending the money on tranqing then completely and taking the time to open, sew up, etc- so I was imagining something closer to what you said. Go in with scissors, out comes the ovaries, and TADA! lol. Ouch O_o If it keeps unwanted babies from being born though, I'm all for it.

Yep, we definitely need to find a way to spay mares. I'd do in a heartbeat.
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Sounds like a pain in the butt to me I was born and raised around cattle, milk and beef. Hated having to work them as a kid, hate it now. Now that Dad is gone, we only get asked by horseless neighbors to help out once in awhile. Cows are almost as dumb as chickens. Still keeping chickens so I must not be completely sane yet.
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LOL, Maureen, my brother says that the reason cows taste so good is because they're so stupid . The way I figure, there are several we've got right now that ought to taste dang good when the time comes.
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post #20 of 22 Old 05-13-2013, 07:00 PM
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Oh cows… this story cracked me up! (Brightened my crappy day! )

I'm driving back up to Aztec for our first branding this year on Friday!
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