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Super-H-Mike
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:25 pm    Post subject: My Steers Must Be Bored.... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:29 pm    Post subject: Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Give'em a pack of cigarettes and a lighter. Works on the wife.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:30 pm    Post subject: Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Steers? For them certain options for diversionary activities do not exist.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 7:25 pm    Post subject: Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Sounds like the 6th grade boys in my archery class.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 7:43 pm    Post subject: Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Throw a couple of basketballs out there, or some other large round item.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 7:47 pm    Post subject: Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have not seen that in a long time, but it did keep them occupied.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 7:47 pm    Post subject: Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Good one Randy! lol
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:15 pm    Post subject: Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:32 pm    Post subject: Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If they"re chewing on wood, check the phosphorus level in their ration. Very common with cattle and horses.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:47 am    Post subject: Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

if they are constantly rubing maybe lice .i agree with checking rations
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:45 am    Post subject: Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Get a good all purpose mineral with at least 6% phosphorous and feed it free choice.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 4:54 am    Post subject: Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 5:24 am    Post subject: Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 6:21 am    Post subject: Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:16 am    Post subject: Re: My Steers Must Be Bored.... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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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