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Offline jconner2088

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Head shape job
« on: May 16, 2020, 05:49:31 PM »
Needing to have two steers heads done dehorned and shapped. And recommendations. Steers are located in central tx.
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Re: Head shape job
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2020, 06:20:24 PM »
Make sure they have a lot of experience and they suture well. This is what a cosmo should look like. Unless you looked for the scar you never would have found them.
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Re: Head shape job
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2020, 07:07:33 PM »
Bret Cody of Cody's Cattle Service. He has a facebook page with contact info. He's good.

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Re: Head shape job
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2020, 09:00:55 PM »
Ok thanks. Cody's might be the way to go. We usually have them done before they leave the place but with the wqy it has been this sale season things got crazy
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Re: Head shape job
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2020, 11:17:50 PM »
Get a battery powered dehorner and nip it in the bud

Works good.
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Re: Head shape job
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2020, 09:40:22 AM »
Get a battery powered dehorner and nip it in the bud

Works good.
Yea and ive seen ppl that have dont that to show cattle and man it sure didnt nip nothing in the bud for looks. Looking to dehorn and shape, cosmetic. Have learned over the yrs its an art. I have watched some vets try it and they butchered it.
« Last Edit: May 17, 2020, 09:43:10 AM by jconner2088 »
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Re: Head shape job
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2020, 09:49:58 AM »
so you want to shape the head rather than get the button before 1 week old and not use paste either?


not following.


those two techniques are insufficient for head shape?
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Re: Head shape job
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2020, 09:51:58 AM »
also, dehorning, if done late, makes cattle sensitive around their head, scared of chutes, etc.


i get it, paste is annoying, you have to shave it first, and battery de-budders are spendy, but then so is dehorning, especially if you pay to do a few, the de-budder more than pays for itself quickly.



« Last Edit: May 17, 2020, 09:53:24 AM by knabe »
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Re: Head shape job
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2020, 10:27:46 AM »
You and I are talking two different things. Hense my first response......... Read OP
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Re: Head shape job
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2020, 12:54:42 PM »
Wharton Vet Clinic does a real good job if that is a closer option

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Re: Head shape job
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2020, 11:32:24 AM »
Not sure where you're located in Central Tx but Dr. Pohler in Wharton is right at the top of the list. It's probably a good haul but if you've want them to look really good he's worth it.

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Re: Head shape job
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2020, 05:38:15 PM »
Thanks guys, I was able to get em to shane meier. Only bout a 2 hr trip so not bad.
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Re: Head shape job
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2020, 05:44:57 PM »
Jconner, you are right, I think you and Knabe are talking about two different things. I think what Knabe is suggesting or asking is why not dehorn them one way or another on day one? I've dehorned 100 plus calves over the years with a scissors, a tongue depressor, and a $10 bottle of dehorning paste. Once in a great while the cow will lick the paste off but not very often and you would not be able to tell that they were born horned hardly ever. I have never used the other method that Knabe was referring to but I'm sure it would give you similar results. what do they charge for a surgical dehorn/head shape job these days if you don't mind sharing? Thanks.

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Re: Head shape job
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2020, 06:53:24 PM »
Usually cosmo runs about 100.... i understood where k abe was going however even just doing paste or scoop from day one when calves get bigger i have had to still go get a head shaped. So not really any better. Especially with shorthorn calves here in texas you just dont get the look by just nipping horns off.
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Re: Head shape job
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2020, 07:04:28 PM »
Do people shape heads on polled cattle to make their heads more appealing?
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