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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-first annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Fond du Lac, Wis., February 11, 12 and 13, 1903. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
(1903)

Hill, Charles L.
Dairy bulls,   pp. 125-132 PDF (1.8 MB)


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If the wire runs through a hole in the top of the post to a 
short post close to the ground you can readily arrange a tightener 
with a rod with nut on the end. 
We use about the same plan to give our bull a sun bath, but 
use a rope running through a pulley at the top of post, and 
with a 100-Th. weight on which will allow some give and take but 
the rope is always tight. I have here a picture of our bull tied 
-on such a runway. 
Many bulls tied out in this way will not walk around enough, 
and if you have such an one, let a yearling bull or two out to 
scrap with him and both will get plenty of exercise. 
Quite an important item of a bull's care that is nearly always 
neglected is the care of his feet. 
Don't let them grow like a certain breeder did his bull's feet 
a few years ago. The Short Course students were there judging 
*      and one of thenA ventured to call the atention of the breeder to 
the six inehes or nmore of toes the old bull had, and the breeder 
replied: '"Young man, don't you know it is now winter, and 
of course we keep him on runners." 
. -       It is a simple operation to throw a bull with a rope and to saw
off his hoofs with a small saw. 
Nothing else is as good as a saw, and a good job cannot be 
*      .done unless the bull is thrown. 
The bull should have a ring in his nose about the time he is a 
yearold, and earlier if he isheadstrong, and as soon as it is healed 
he should be taught to lead by it and always be handled with a 
staff; 
A daily grooming will greatly improve his looks, and doubt- 
lees do him good. 
Do not keep your bull in a foul, dark pen, but, if possible, 
give him a light, airy box stall, in sight of the herd of cows, and 
be sure and clean his stall and water him daily. 
Do not abuse him, bult still be firm with him. 
Never fool or play with a young bull, but always make him 
mind, and then as lie grows older never give him a chance to 
know he can do anything else. 
Do not trust him if he is gentle, though you may do as you 
please about it if he acts cross, 
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