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PostSubject: Bovine Switches   Bovine Switches I_icon_minitimeSat Mar 03, 2012 4:58 pm

I just got off the phone with my brother Galen who's been doing some research on bull tails and cow tails through just observing the differences in the switches and overall tail structure. Since he probably sees more cattle per week than anyone I know, I think he's really on to something. There is a huge difference in the vitality in bovine tails. A lot of mainstream Angus right now have exceedingly high tailheads that go down to a really small, flimsy, fine haired switch. The cattle I'm breeding around here which are primarily Shoshone origin blood, have excellent switches which is to my brother and I a real positive. When a bull swings his tail around he wants it to swing way up over his back. He wants it to have some impact. I'm thinking that in addition to all the other things the mainstream crowd is screwing up, they're screwing up the tails on these cattle whether they know it or not.

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PostSubject: Re: Bovine Switches   Bovine Switches I_icon_minitimeSat Mar 03, 2012 6:03 pm

Dennis, it's funny that you should bring this up because I have decided to breed strictly for tails. All of my life I have appreciated good tail, but lately I lust after it. The rest of the cow doesn't mean a thing if she doesn't have a good tail. So years from now when you have fixed your feet but lost your tail, you can come visit my Ice Cream Shoppe when you're ready to make a switch. TD

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PostSubject: Re: Bovine Switches   Bovine Switches I_icon_minitimeSat Mar 03, 2012 6:21 pm

Dennis Voss wrote:
I just got off the phone with my brother Galen who's been doing some research on bull tails and cow tails through just observing the differences in the switches and overall tail structure. Since he probably sees more cattle per week than anyone I know, I think he's really on to something. There is a huge difference in the vitality in bovine tails. A lot of mainstream Angus right now have exceedingly high tailheads that go down to a really small, flimsy, fine haired switch. The cattle I'm breeding around here which are primarily Shoshone origin blood, have excellent switches which is to my brother and I a real positive. When a bull swings his tail around he wants it to swing way up over his back. He wants it to have some impact. I'm thinking that in addition to all the other things the mainstream crowd is screwing up, they're screwing up the tails on these cattle whether they know it or not.

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The Shoshones most definetly have a different, fuller, unique kind of tail switch. Do they still fall off in fescue Mike?...at least some of them?



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PostSubject: Re: Bovine Switches   Bovine Switches I_icon_minitimeSat Mar 03, 2012 8:17 pm

And I think that there is something to the overall length of the tail.
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PostSubject: Re: Bovine Switches   Bovine Switches I_icon_minitimeSat Mar 03, 2012 8:25 pm

Bootheel wrote:
Dennis Voss wrote:
I just got off the phone with my brother Galen who's been doing some research on bull tails and cow tails through just observing the differences in the switches and overall tail structure. Since he probably sees more cattle per week than anyone I know, I think he's really on to something. There is a huge difference in the vitality in bovine tails. A lot of mainstream Angus right now have exceedingly high tailheads that go down to a really small, flimsy, fine haired switch. The cattle I'm breeding around here which are primarily Shoshone origin blood, have excellent switches which is to my brother and I a real positive. When a bull swings his tail around he wants it to swing way up over his back. He wants it to have some impact. I'm thinking that in addition to all the other things the mainstream crowd is screwing up, they're screwing up the tails on these cattle whether they know it or not.

DV in the vicinity of trying to get W.T to respond

The Shoshones most definetly have a different, fuller, unique kind of tail switch. Do they still fall off in fescue Mike?...at least some of them?



A couple have Joe; but I doubt it fescue...actually, I was hoping the body would grow to match the tail; but now after this Dr. Voss treatise , reinforced by Powell, I think maybe they have Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Bovine Switches   Bovine Switches I_icon_minitimeSun Mar 04, 2012 1:37 am

It appears to me tail length and switch size is lacking in red angus .Any thoughts as to why ? Jon
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PostSubject: Re: Bovine Switches   Bovine Switches I_icon_minitimeSun Mar 04, 2012 2:49 am

Jon,

Judging by 373 photos, who has 15-20% influence in the pedigrees I have studied, it isn't his fault. Superchief and Tusgarora Chief look shorter switched.

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PostSubject: Re: Bovine Switches   Bovine Switches I_icon_minitimeSun Mar 04, 2012 12:28 pm

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Keystone,
Great pictures, thanks for posting them. I'm going to get one of those Keystone bulls up here some day for specialty breeding. This is a picture of Beetseed. In my opinion no finer example of an Angus bull's tail. I notice also a lot of my Leonhardt influenced bulls like to throw their tail clear up on top of their back and park it there for a while. For those that dismiss this topic, I think time will prove there's an issue here well worth digging into. All the parts of these animals we breed have to fit together in harmony. I know there is a reason, but why do they actually shave off the switches on these show animals? What is the logic? Oh yeah, I forgot, rattails are in now. That muskrat animal that Bootheel posted looks a lot like a mainstream Angus bull. Why is it that Mother Nature is never enough for humans? Oh yeah, that's all I do here, screw with Mother nature.

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PostSubject: Re: Bovine Switches   Bovine Switches I_icon_minitimeSun Mar 04, 2012 1:35 pm

After looking through the old pictures, it looks like- on average, Wye, Rito, Traveler,In Focus and New Design cattle tend toward shorter tail/switch.
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PostSubject: Re: Bovine Switches   Bovine Switches I_icon_minitimeSun Mar 04, 2012 2:18 pm

I'm going over to 4.9 and see how many switches a cow is supposed to have and whether they are supposed to be on or off.
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PostSubject: Re: Bovine Switches   Bovine Switches I_icon_minitimeSun Mar 04, 2012 4:41 pm

Let me know Eddie.

2 sets of shoulders.

4 udders.

I am in for 6 tails.
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PostSubject: Re: Bovine Switches   Bovine Switches I_icon_minitimeMon Mar 05, 2012 9:59 am

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PostSubject: Re: Bovine Switches   Bovine Switches I_icon_minitimeMon Mar 05, 2012 12:56 pm

Tom D wrote:
Dennis, it's funny that you should bring this up because I have decided to breed strictly for tails. All of my life I have appreciated good tail, but lately I lust after it. The rest of the cow doesn't mean a thing if she doesn't have a good tail. So years from now when you have fixed your feet but lost your tail, you can come visit my Ice Cream Shoppe when you're ready to make a switch. TD

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I was hoping against hope, that mine had a long tail. He didn't. Good feet, no tail, or at least short. I don't think it is the end of the world though.


Bootheel, this selection is hard stuff
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PostSubject: Re: Bovine Switches   Bovine Switches I_icon_minitimeMon Mar 05, 2012 9:19 pm

Bootheel,

Selection is the easy part I think. It is the predicting that I have trouble with but then maybe I am not real good at selecting because if I was predicting would be easy.
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PostSubject: Re: Bovine Switches   Bovine Switches I_icon_minitimeMon Mar 05, 2012 9:43 pm

After you visit the world famous Beak Store, stop by the Tail Store to complete your new look.

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PostSubject: Re: Bovine Switches   Bovine Switches I_icon_minitimeMon Mar 05, 2012 11:57 pm

Too much tail can be a problem also. Last summer we started to have some cattle show up dead and we finally figured out that with all the rain we had recieved, the cattle and horses in this country with too much tail were getting so much gumbo (that's a real heavy clay soil in this country) stuck in their tails that the weight was pulling on the tail so much that they were unable to close their (front) eyes and they were dying of sleep depravation. That's no bull shit.

Jack, no really. True story, pretty much.

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PostSubject: Dead cows   Bovine Switches I_icon_minitimeTue Mar 06, 2012 12:39 am

Jack,

We had a very similar problem with dead cows and such. I (at the time) didn't attribute the death to muddy tail syndrome. I thought the grass was so tall that it was tickling there belly to much, thereby, resulting in lack of sleep from laughing to much. Basically, tickle torture syndrome. After carefully muddling through your thoughts, I determined that it likely could have been a rash of muddy tail syndrome. Whatever it was; the morbidity was due to lack of sleep.

Mike, now hoping for a drought.
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PostSubject: Re: Bovine Switches   Bovine Switches I_icon_minitimeTue Mar 06, 2012 2:30 am

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Jack,

We had a very similar problem with dead cows and such. I (at the time) didn't attribute the death to muddy tail syndrome. I thought the grass was so tall that it was tickling there belly to much, thereby, resulting in lack of sleep from laughing to much. Basically, tickle torture syndrome. After carefully muddling through your thoughts, I determined that it likely could have been a rash of muddy tail syndrome. Whatever it was; the morbidity was due to lack of sleep.

Mike, now hoping for a drought.

The force is strong in this one.

TD, sleep deprived, but not from too much tail.
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PostSubject: Re: Bovine Switches   Bovine Switches I_icon_minitimeTue Mar 06, 2012 3:00 am

How do you wear those tails. is it a Michigan courtship deal?
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PostSubject: Re: Bovine Switches   Bovine Switches I_icon_minitimeTue Mar 06, 2012 7:50 am

Dennis Voss wrote:
How do you wear those tails. is it a Michigan courtship deal?

Every spring in Michigan, young males build nests out of field stones, then select a beak from the Beak Store and a tail from the Tail Store, and dance wildly for potential mates to the sounds of Ted Nugent. It's a free for all, oh baby.

TD, explaining how things work.
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PostSubject: Re: Bovine Switches   Bovine Switches I_icon_minitimeTue Mar 06, 2012 8:41 am

I'm putting Michigan in the spring on my bucket list. Cat Scratch Fever rules!!!

Jack, trying to remember what they call a store that sells tail. There's a name for it but damned if I can remember what it's called. Tail store? Naw that ain't it. Hemmmm...
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PostSubject: Re: Bovine Switches   Bovine Switches I_icon_minitimeTue Mar 06, 2012 8:59 am

Jack: Would it be a Brothel? No that is where they sell soup. I will keep thinking.
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