heifer thickness? a bad thing?

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Active member
Apr 6, 2008
So that I didnt put this all under First Calf Heifer tales I thought that I would just start a new thread sorry!!

Knabe- you said "if that heifer's front end elongates enough, that will be one balanced thick  (and not bunchy muscled) heifer. Good Grief".

Is that going to be a bad thing? This is my first calf of my own  so I am not sure on what is good and what is not good. Any help that anyone could give me would be greatly appreciated.  I am also starting the whole halter training with her and any suggestions with that would also be greatly appreciated.
Red- I DEFINTELY agree with your cow whispering method!!!!!

Thanks is advance for the help.



Well-known member
Feb 7, 2007
Hollister, CA
it's going to be a good thing.  seeing animals that are balanced between their 3 parts, the front end, the middle, the rear, seem to not be the norm.

some animals are long in their middle, short on the ends, can't cover their tracks.  some are long hipped, short middled etc.  different bones elongate at different times in an animals development, the spine i think last, with the long bones of the legs, the cannon bones elongating most notibly first.  that's why you see them level out as they get older.

one thing i would like to test, is that if rear cannon bones are too long, to they help put a "break" in the spine that carriers over into adulthood and makes them look weak topped when older.  some people measure cannon bones at birth, but i've never heard of anyone  measuring the front cannon bone and following that ratio over time.