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My Steers Must Be Bored....

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Super-H-Mike

11-27-2013 18:25:46




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This particular group wont leave anything alone, when they arent eating they are pushing,licking, chewing , rubbing and messing with anything and everything! Hay bunks,water tank, fences, the barn, anything ! Any ideas how to keep em busy ? lol




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Super-H-Mike

11-29-2013 07:31:08




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 Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... in reply to Super-H-Mike, 11-27-2013 18:25:46  
They have free choice mineral and salt, so that not it. I am gonna try the basketball trick ! lol Thanks guys.



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jeffcat

11-28-2013 07:16:46




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 Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... in reply to Super-H-Mike, 11-27-2013 18:25:46  
Yes as soon as I saw chewing I thought mineral salt block too. When I was younger the cows just loved it when you left a tractor parked in the barn yard. They would lick all of the grease off it. If they had a little more time they would eat the ignition wires TOO!!! Jeffcat



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Texasmark1

11-28-2013 06:21:42




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 Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... in reply to Super-H-Mike, 11-27-2013 18:25:46  
I went to "Toys-R-Us" and bought a couple of their hop balls: 15" ish plastic inflatable ball with a handle kids sit on and hop around.

I tied them inside the covered loafing area about 2' off the ground. Works great. The shed covers a walkway from the loafing shed where I keep the salt, and the trough where they eat. Fun to watch them go out of their way to whack a ball as they go by.

Mark

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1370pwr in ne

11-28-2013 05:24:53




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 Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... in reply to Super-H-Mike, 11-27-2013 18:25:46  
The licking and chewing sounds to me like they are lacking salt and minerals.they need both free choice.The rubbing is probably a lice issue.Ivomec pour on gets rid of lice and internal worms.What weight are these steers?I do like the tractor tire bolted to posts idea.I'm sure they would spend a lot of time playing around by the tire and maybe leave the tank and barn alone.



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DoubleR

11-28-2013 04:54:37




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 Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... in reply to Super-H-Mike, 11-27-2013 18:25:46  
Are you sure they are all steers? It sounds like the one I had a while back that wasn't banded properly and turned out to be a bull.



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Pair-a-dice farm

11-28-2013 02:45:28




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 Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... in reply to Super-H-Mike, 11-27-2013 18:25:46  
Get a good all purpose mineral with at least 6% phosphorous and feed it free choice.



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farmerwithmutt

11-28-2013 01:47:40




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 Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... in reply to Super-H-Mike, 11-27-2013 18:25:46  
if they are constantly rubing maybe lice .i agree with checking rations



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JMS/.MN

11-27-2013 21:32:53




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 Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... in reply to Super-H-Mike, 11-27-2013 18:25:46  
If they"re chewing on wood, check the phosphorus level in their ration. Very common with cattle and horses.



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LonM

11-27-2013 21:15:12




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 Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... in reply to Super-H-Mike, 11-27-2013 18:25:46  
We set a couple posts and bolt an old rear tractor tire to the posts. That will keep them amused for a while. I have seen used rotary broom attachments set on end too, that gives them something to rub on. If they are chewing a lot on things maybe they need a salt block or some mineral.



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Jeff B.

11-27-2013 19:43:56




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 Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... in reply to Super-H-Mike, 11-27-2013 18:25:46  
Throw a couple of basketballs out there, or some other large round item.



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David G

11-27-2013 19:47:20




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 Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... in reply to Jeff B., 11-27-2013 19:43:56  
I have not seen that in a long time, but it did keep them occupied.



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David G

11-27-2013 19:25:20




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 Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... in reply to Super-H-Mike, 11-27-2013 18:25:46  
Sounds like the 6th grade boys in my archery class.



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Bus Driver

11-27-2013 18:30:01




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 Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... in reply to Super-H-Mike, 11-27-2013 18:25:46  
Steers? For them certain options for diversionary activities do not exist.



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rrlund

11-27-2013 18:29:30




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 Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... in reply to Super-H-Mike, 11-27-2013 18:25:46  
Give'em a pack of cigarettes and a lighter. Works on the wife.



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lee little

11-27-2013 19:47:51




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 Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... in reply to rrlund, 11-27-2013 18:29:30  
Good one Randy! lol



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