Draft Animal Power – Draft animals and sustainable land stewardship › Forums › Draft Animal Power › Oxen › Bred Heifers in Last Trimester
- February 9, 2015 at 10:00 pm #84902JaredWoodcockParticipant
We are picking up some bred dairy heifers for milking this summer and I was going to try and train them to work a little. I was wondering if anyone had any experience working bred heifers in their last trimester? I dont expect a lot out of them but what should I expect? Or should I work them under load at all?
JaredFebruary 9, 2015 at 11:55 pm #84903dominiquer60Moderator
Get them used to you, easy to handle (grooming, maybe handle feet), train them to the commands, then worry about a load. They could certainly handle a tire large enough to keep the traces/chain tight. A small drag, small firewood, etc are not too much to ask, as long as they have a good foundation first.February 10, 2015 at 2:18 pm #84904JaredWoodcockParticipant
Cool Thanks, thats kind of what I figured. In an ideal world they would be in good enough shape and conditioned to be able to keep up moderate milk production and pull the no4 big to clip pastures in late june (sounds kinda dreamy though). I have to decide on the heifers I want then I can actually plan further.
- You must be logged in to reply to this topic.