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- May 28, 2015 at 9:34 am #85592
I have been working with my milk cow a little. I have never sized a yoke but I did some reading. I Measured her yesterday with a couple of squares the way I would a horse and she measures to about a 6-6.5 inch yoke. She is a guernsey and less than 1000lbs does that seem right? I rather not order the wrong size bows.
ThanksMay 28, 2015 at 5:53 pm #85593HowieParticipant
She will need a 7 inch at least and most likely an 8.May 28, 2015 at 9:38 pm #85594
so I must have been measuring too far up the neck? how far ahead of the shoulders do you measure. I thought I was at the spot that Tim’s video shows with Will.
ThanksMay 30, 2015 at 8:41 pm #85596Tim HarriganParticipant
That is the neck width but you also need extra space to slide you hand in between the bow and the yoke. Howie’s guess is what I would also guess.May 31, 2015 at 8:08 pm #85600
I borrowed a 7 1/2 bow today to see how it fit and it was about two finger widths too wide but the depth was right on the center hole. I think because she is a lean dairy animal she is gonna take a tall narrow bow. Her 3 month old bull calf has about the same width just not the depth.
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