Faster horses wrote:Preston, every rancher I know in these colder climates semen test their bulls every spring, just to make sure they are sound after going through the winter. Pretty common occurance around these parts. It's a a day you schedule just like branding day.
I understand...but for all handling of animals a safe process must be in place. No matter the reason to handle them.
We have a 2000# herd Angus...a reasonably gentle guy...but when we bring the herd up he is the challenger. He just stands around in the herd and looks for a weak spot...and if there is one he will always find it.
So..I must share this.... we took him on..and as the 200' lane curves into the last part before the headgate...we installed a gate...we open it...he sees it and takes off...other cows behind him...the gate is closed and by that time the followers' momentum moves him right on in. He falls for it every time..... the last 30 feet of our lane around the slight corner to the headgate is steel pipe rails...7'+ high and when he passes that point he becomes a docile big puppy dog, more so than any of the other bulls. We would never attempt to bring him in by himself..it would be a fight and require the dart gun. But I would never trust him or any of them. With the best of planning we all make mistakes.
It's usually not the animal that pays the price.