First post, but I've been lurking for awhile, lol. Anyways, I do have a questions for you. We are new to cattle. But my daughter saved up and bought a cow, a heifer, and now we have a new calf (just born from the cow). The are all Scottish Highlands (which have horns). The heifer is super sweet and I don't think she would ever be an issue. The cow, however, is a little ornery. Not bad, but I know we wouldn't be able to doctor her or anything like that without some means of restraining her.
Our intentions are to rebreed the cow at some point and breed the heifer in a year or so. All this by AI. Because my daughter is young and we are inexperienced, I feel like we need a squeeze chute.
What I'm not sure about is squeeze chutes with horned cattle. Any insight on this?
Attached are some pictures of a squeeze I'm thinking about buying. Would this work? What are your thoughts?
I know there are other options such as just a head-gate or to squeeze between two cattle gates. But I'm really looking for just a good safe cattle handling system. (I know I'll need to build corrals and alleyways). Many thanks in advance!
My husband found a YouTube video from Priefert called "Working Horned Cattle"... it is, of course, an ad for their headgate, but he said it was actually informative. I have not watched it because our newly-reconditioned headgate is not yet installed on our not-yet-built corral and chute.
My Dexter cattle are horned, but the horns aren’t as wide as highland cattle. I would recommend checking with some Texas Longhorn breeders and see what they recommend. I’m sure there is a longhorn breeders discussion group out there. Powder River makes excellent heavy duty squeeze chutes. The one you showed has a palpation cage attached to the back end. I use a manual powder river squeeze chute on my farm. It’s been a while back, but from what I remember when doing artificial insemmination, longhorn cattle would learn to twist their head so the horns were pointing in a one up/one down direction to negotiate through the squeeze chute and headgate with the chute sides and headgate in the fully opened position.
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