Use these tips for halter breaking cattle from Nutrena and Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
If you’re planning on showing a calf this year, you’ll want to make it as easy for the calf as possible. Nutrena experts team up with Blain’s Farm & Fleet to give you some tips on halter breaking cattle in time for the fair.
The Importance of Breaking Cattle
The manner in which you halter break your show calf will determine how they’ll act throughout the entire show season. It’s a basic process that is sometimes overlooked. It’s easy to get excited and focused on the small details, and how your show animals get to the next level. It’s important to remember that a well-broke animal shown at its best potential is what factors most into making a champion. With these three tips from Nutrena, you can have a successful year with as little stress as possible when it comes to exhibit time.
3 Tips for Halter Breaking Cattle
1. Go slow – Halter breaking cattle comes down to being patient and earning the calf’s trust. The best way to do this is to remain calm and patient the entire time. While there might be a list of chores to do around the farm, take your time with your calf. By taking the right way to break animals the right way, it’ll make for a less stressful showing season.
2. Be consistent – Give your calf a routine. A typical routine consists of getting them in the barn, feeding them, tying them up, tying them down and turning them loose to eat at night. Do these things at the same time every day. Cattle, and other livestock, are creatures of habit. By following a routine with the same habits, it will make the breaking process easier for you and the calf.
3. Don’t give up – Keep the first two tips in mind for your calf. As for yourself, don’t give up. Halter breaking a calf is about getting to know your animal and keeping in mind that no two calves are alike. The calf might be stubborn and wild at first, but you have to remain patient in order to be successful.
Showing animals is just one part of keeping livestock. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand. That’s why we carry everything you need to keep your livestock happy and healthy. From dairy supplies to livestock feed, your animal experts have your covered. For more tips from Nutrena and Blain’s Farm & Fleet, visit our Hobby Farming blog.