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August 11, 2014

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  1. Bee permalink
    August 11, 2014 9:49 am

    Oh, those pictures brought a chuckle! “What do you MEAN, I have to follow you?!”, “I don’t wanna go!”, “No, no, no, no!” I remember my youngest brother dealing with a couple of six-month-old steers for the fair, because he decided to go at the last minute, and hadn’t gotten anything halter-broke. What a rodeo! The babies look good, Nita!

  2. August 11, 2014 9:53 am

    Too funny.

  3. August 11, 2014 4:13 pm

    Kinda looks like when the hubby unloaded our year and a half old heifer – except in your pictures you seem to still be upright 😄

  4. August 12, 2014 7:58 am

    How much time (spp how much time per day X how many days) till the calves are ‘greenbroke’ to the lead line?

    • August 12, 2014 8:51 am

      Adalynfarm, “greenbroke” in ten minutes a day. The key is starting them when they are tiny. Learning to tie first without fighting the rope, then going outside for a walkabout. So these two are 7 & 5 days old, and have had about 10 minutes a day on the rope and are pretty much greenbroke. The key is to teach them before they get so big they can pull you around, or before they know they can pull you around. Pretty soon the 10 minutes a day becomes part of chores instead of “training.” Leading them to pasture, or to be tethered, or back to the barn for the night etc., it just becomes routine and there is always some kind of reward at the end so they are usually pretty willing.

  5. August 12, 2014 9:53 am

    Just wondered why you halter train the beef calf – do you do all your calves or just Jane’s and a friend?

    • August 12, 2014 9:55 am

      Whoops – sorry. Forgot about Lo Fat. Nice they have each other – that means a lot to calves.

      • August 12, 2014 10:15 am

        It’s nice for them to have a friend, and Jane can’t believe she has two calves! She’s not too happy when they go for a walk, the first week is always the hardest for her. She is quite the worry wart considering she was a bottle calf.

  6. August 12, 2014 10:57 am

    You really hit the lottery with Jane 🙂

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