Calves and electric fencing

funny farm

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Location
south wales
Does it work with young calves and electric fencing, thinking of using 2 or 3 strands to turn out some young calves and cows. Will the calves respect it or will it just cause problems?
 

Kiwi Pete

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Livestock Farmer
They might pop through, the only trouble is if the cow follows the calf. Our calves are sometimes on their next break but only maybe once a fortnight or so, I push them back under the wire and hopefully they get a second crack, that learns them.

That's only a single wire though, they know they can't get through 2.
 

Matt77

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Mixed Farmer
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East Sussex
I put two strands alone a river bank every year for my sucklers, which has trees and brambles along it too, it always seems to be a branch or bramble that causes a problem, never had the calves go through, I think you’ll be fine.
 

The Ruminant

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Livestock Farmer
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Hertfordshire
I wouldn’t do it if the calves are less than a week old. In my experience they seem almost impervious to pain at that age (maybe something to do with coping with being born??!!) After that they soon learn, especially if, as said above, there’s a solid wall / fence / hedge in front of them so they have to go backwards when they get zapped. Couple of times like that then bring fence out into field to continue training them
 

milkloss

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Livestock Farmer
Location
East Sussex
Only problem we have is if they curl up close to the fence and jiggle closer or roll under it. When they get up it's usually on the wrong side of the fence and we have to hunt them down in some woodland which is a pain in the 4rse.
 

gwi1890

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North wales
I put 2 strands for my dairy x calves, suckler calves only one as they “draw “ to their mothers , once the dairy x calves are trained and bigger one strand is ok
 

The Grinch

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Location
Staffordshire
We had never had a problem until last summer. Had a single strand poly wire electric fence up to stop suckler calves going through holes in hedge. One of them must have sneaked under it but when it came back gone over it. Poor sod must have got it’s back foot caught on top of the wire, dragged electric fence stake and wire into middle of field before wire snapped. Cut his foot through to the tendon just like cheese wire. Vet managed to sew it back together and put a half cast on but was touch and go whether it would heal for a few weeks, hence we are now loathed to use around anything under 6 months old
 

GmB

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Location
S.Glos
I like to use the wide white tape for training young stock, easy for them to see and being something different, they mostly approach it with caution, have a sniff and then a good crack on the nose. As with all electric fencing, if the first encounter results in a big shock, they will respect it.
 

Blaithin

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Alberta, Canada
Absolutely need multiple wires. Two for sure, three would probably be ideal.

Good height for cows is perfect height for calves to go under. Going under they don’t usually get shocked the same as a nose touch. Lower the wire and you can start to experience older animals going over it. Unless they have droopy udders that catch it on the way. Then they tend to only try and hop it once....

Best to have a couple shiny pop cans or something to get them to sniff as well. 4-6 month olds are complete pests to keep in unless you keep it HOT and make sure they get their noses done.
 

Formatted

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Sussex
We turned out cows and calves last week, still calving they are behind 1 strand of electric. Sometimes find calves on the other side but soon run through and the older calves have stopped doing it
 

Spudley

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Location
Pembrokeshire
I wouldn’t do it if the calves are less than a week old. In my experience they seem almost impervious to pain at that age (maybe something to do with coping with being born??!!) After that they soon learn, especially if, as said above, there’s a solid wall / fence / hedge in front of them so they have to go backwards when they get zapped. Couple of times like that then bring fence out into field to continue training them
This is what I do, run the fence just inside the gate for a few days then bring it in. They soon learn!
 

funny farm

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Location
south wales
Turned them out a few days ago with 3 strands and seems to be working fine cows were trained last year and the calves seem to be behaving themselves. Thanks for the help will see how it goes as they get older
 

Claas joins the autonomous tractor club

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Written by Justin Roberts

Claas has taken a minority shareholding in the Dutch autonomous tractor startup company, AgXeed B.V.

The new company has developed a tractor designed to be autonomous from the ground up, rather than try to adapt existing machines, or create smaller robots dedicated to a limited range of tasks.

AgXeed’s pilot machine is a diesel hybrid powered unit on tracks which uses a suite of software which, the company claims, is easily scalable.

Like many small technology start-ups seeking to gain a foothold in the machinery market, the company also points to the product as being part of a larger system rather than just another way of performing standard tasks

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