|Little Rocket, the"Hereford cross" bull|
|example rubber banding tool|
Footnote: several weeks later we found Rocket's balls on our front fence post. We assumed that a bird had picked them up and left them there. However, when I mentioned it to my neighbour we found out that her dog had brought the balls home one day and proudly presented them. My neighbour, not knowing that the object was, had picked them up and examined them, then taken a photo and put it on facebook. Eventually someone was able to identify them for her, and that's how they ended up on our fence post - plonked there in disgust!! When I stopped laughing, I was able to tell her that the moral of the story was that she shouldn't have let your dog stray onto our property as you never know what he'll find there!
2016 update: we have used the rubber bands on over 20 young bull calves over the last 5 years and have not had any trouble with this method. It is our preferred option as it easiest for us and seems to be relatively low stress for the calves too, as long as you get them young enough. We use our cattle yards and head bale to apply the bands at Cheslyn Rise, but on our small property we often have to use the crash-tackle method to get the calf on the ground and then tie his legs with rope to incapacitate him temporarily while we do the band - this is best done while the calf is too young to escape from a chase, or it can be quite difficult to get them on the ground!
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