Large losses to the farm can be caused by a bodily cow. Well, if you can get rid of it without problems. But what to do if you don’t immediately part with it or don’t feel like it? And the Burenka hooks the companions on the herd with the horns or even tries to attack the owner. He does not calm himself to milk, feed and even drink. In our article we will tell whether it is possible to wean her off butting. And also reveal the secrets of some effective ways to solve the problem.
What ways to disaccustom a cow to butt
This lack of character, like bodyiness, is often inherited. When buying a cow, it is better to preliminarily clarify: were its ancestors not distinguished by increased harmfulness or aggressiveness? Sometimes it happens that the desire to pry on the horns of the cows does not appear immediately. For example, after the first calving. In such cases, action must be taken quickly, until such behavior is fixed.
The ways in which this bad habit is eliminated in butting animals can be divided into three groups:
- amputation - complete or partial removal of the horns;
- pain - so that the cow does not bodice, the attention of the animal is distracted by constant weak pain;
- limiting - on the cow put on the device, physically interfering butting.
No horns - nothing to butt
If the calf is removed, the hornless cow will grow. She never butts anyone. Well, when moxibustion delivered flow. In a small household there may be difficulties. When an adult horny animal is released into the general herd, it is necessary to ensure that its horned neighbors do not offend it. Also, fixing such a cow for processing or inspection is more difficult than usual.
How to wean a cow to butt, will tell a less radical way - cutting off the tips of the horns. It is better if this procedure will be carried out by a veterinarian. But, if you have the skills and experience, you can do it yourself at home. Fix the head and use a hacksaw or electric saw to cut off sharp tips. Treat the wound. After healing, the animal will take care of blunted horns, will get used to the new behavior and will stop bullying.
Pain is the best shepherd
If bulls or cows butt but they want them to stay with horns, you need to switch the animals' attention to their feelings. Drag one cattle ear at the base with a rubber band 1-2 cm wide and leave it for 1-2 days.
Then change your ear. The pain that the animal will experience will distract him from the desire to butt someone.
The same principle is based on the method of dressing the rear leg. Pull 3-4 cm of skin, just above the hock, and tie it with a braid or rope. Permanent discomfort is confusing and does not allow butting. Keep such a device can be no more than a week. If you need to continue, change your leg.
Attention! Clamping a piece of skin or ear, make sure that the blood flow is not disturbed.
Weaning butting without injuring the animal
If the cow is butting, but you don’t want to hurt her, stop her with the help of the following devices.
Put rubber rings 1–2 cm wide on the tips of the horns. Such shock absorbers will soften the blow and discourage the hunt. But keep an eye on the cow not to scratch the gum on the very first fence.
Limit your view of the animal with rectangular leather or rubber eyecup so that it can move, but did not see anything extra on the sides.
To prevent a cow from grazing on anyone, attach a wooden plank to it on its horns. Its length should be 15-20 cm longer than the distance between the tops of the horns. Drill them out by 10-15 cm. Make holes in the board so that the tips of the horns pass through. Put the device on the head and fasten it with nails. Leave for a week and a half. If you didn’t wean the first time, leave the board for another couple of weeks.
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