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Posted 9/12/2021 11:58 (#9216121 - in reply to #9216049)
Subject: RE: Sons 4-h calves out. Need advice

As has been mentioned, a good gather type cow dog is the easiest and best way. But the most important thing is your persistence. At this point, bait or water or all of the low labor tricks are over and failed most likely. I have dealt with cattle in corn on foot and it’s frustrating. Without a gather dog, You and your boy start into the field, systematically walking the rows a few apart (like 4, not 24), zigzagging your way across until you push them out to where you want to go. Probably take several attempts as you are going to have to teach them to drive rather than hide. When they dart back in, just keep trailing them and pushing them to the waterway or edge. Eventually they’ll decide it’s easier to take a grassy area than the corn because you will have not let hiding in the corn get rid of you. Once in the open, let them stand for a few minutes to show them that’s better(taking the pressure off momentarily when they do what you want is the most important part but difficult for most people), then you can take them to the corral. Don’t start this process if you aren’t willing to stay at it until it’s done. Might take an hour, might take all day, but it will work if you don’t quit until it’s done. As mentioned, persistence is what you need most or you are just teaching them hiding in the corn works. When it’s done you will have accomplished your goal with both the cattle and the boy. My opinion is most people who have trouble getting cattle in it’s because they give up too soon.
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