Dehorning Iron and Questions

Discussion in 'Cattle' started by Tango, Jul 5, 2006.

  1. Tango

    Tango Well-Known Member

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    I have a Rhinehart X50 that I purchased for my goats. It has a removable goat tip. If I remember correctly, it can be used on calves. Disbudding was my most stressful and most dreaded chore but if I considered it important for kids, I consider it even more important for calves. Would this iron work well for calves? How are they restrained? What I would rather do is to breed to polled bulls. Will a Jersey bred to a polled Angus always have polled calves or what is the percentage? Thanks! :)
     
  2. milkinpigs

    milkinpigs Dairy/Hog Farmer

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    That's what we have used on over 100 heifers and always works.......
     

  3. ozark_jewels

    ozark_jewels Well-Known Member Supporter

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    What age do you do your heifers?? I have done hundreds of goat kids, but this will be my first year doing our Jerseys with my iron. With kids, you have to get them within the first week, but I know calves take much longer for the horns to grow.......
     
  4. milkinpigs

    milkinpigs Dairy/Hog Farmer

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    We usually dehorn at 4-6 weeks, some do them at 2-3 days, some up to 10 weeks.
     
  5. tyusclan

    tyusclan Well-Known Member

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    Anything bred to a purebred Angus will throw 100% polled calves. The only thing that would cause you to have horns on any calves is if the bull is crossbred and has horned genes, but looks Angus. If that's the case the recessive horned genes could match up and throw horned calves.
     
  6. Tango

    Tango Well-Known Member

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    Woohoo! Thanks Tuysclan :)
     
  7. Up North

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    There are also polled bulls available in dairy breeds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  8. Tango

    Tango Well-Known Member

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    Which breeds Up North?
     
  9. tyusclan

    tyusclan Well-Known Member

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    I'm certainly not an expert on dairy genetics, but to my knowledge, there are no homozygous polled dairy bulls available. A polled dairy bull would still carry horned genes, which, if bred to a horned cow, would produce a high percentage of horned calves.
     
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    DJ in WA Well-Known Member Supporter

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  11. Tango

    Tango Well-Known Member

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    Thanks DJ. Wish it had been that easy with goats :)