Wednesday, 07 April 2010
This is what they call the tilt table. It is pulled by a pickup and was backed up to the barn door.
A gate system is set up inside the barn to channel the cows into the pen or table, not sure what to call it.
A cow is put into the "pen", her head sticks out the front, the one side of the "pen" starts to squeeze into the cow, and it starts to tilt, exposing the cows hooves. The cow is not squashed to death , but just held snuggly on the table. The trimmer ropes her legs secure so he does not get kicked and he begins his work.
view from other side of table
If a cow had a wart or sore on her foot, the trimmer cleaned, medicated it and wrapped it up.
I know that you might think this is cruel, or abusive to the animal, but I can assure you that the trimmer was VERY kind, careful and humane in dealing with the cows. The cows are not hurt in any way. It is for the good of the cow, for it is neglectful to not have this done when it is needed. When they were all finished we witnessed how much easier they could walk. *Interesting tidbit - it took the trimmer 3-7 minutes to manicure one cow!!* Very impressive!
Thought this was a funny picture. We had one very stubborn girl, who was determined (almost) to not have her manicure done. How many farmers does it take to get a cow in the chute?
Another day on the farm, another project complete.
Until next time.................