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Spiked Anti Suckler

  • 04-05-2022 8:15pm
    Registered Users Posts: 849 ✭✭✭ Easten

    Used them on two yearling heifers today, I noticed them suckling a dry heifer today, and they used to be stealing a suck through the gates in the slatted shed but that was a few weeks back. I'd have thought they would be weaned by now.

    Question is how long do you leave them on for? do they interfere with them grazing?

    I had one of the plastic and metal ones I presume they both do the job


  • Registered Users Posts: 553 ✭✭✭ ABitofsense

    Green plastic ones work well. Metal ones always seem to fall out. Never an issue with grazing.

    Last few years I've always had one heifer at it as I run the couple of replacements heifers with the suckler cows. In the end I sold each one as it was a balls. They'll learn to go side ways to suck. Father said once they're at it at that age very hard to stop them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 27,642 ✭✭✭✭ whelan2

    Best job is to put 2 in. One facing up and 1 facing down

  • Registered Users Posts: 64 ✭✭ Jim_11

    I could never get the metal ones to stay in, always falling out

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,955 ✭✭✭ 893bet

    If left on over a few months on a yearling it wouldn’t be long growing into the heifer nose.

  • Registered Users Posts: 849 ✭✭✭ Easten

    Metal one fell out within a few minutes but I put it back on a little tighter. I thought the plastic one would be the junk one but that was the easiest to put on. I watched a youtube video on how to put them on, they seemed to keep them a bit loose but idk will they hold

    Jezz that's not what I wanted to hear, but I think your oul lad might be right. It seems more of a habit for one of them rather than a want for milk.

    feck em anyways, why couldn't they make them with spikes on both sides

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,192 ✭✭✭ 50HX

    Metal one usually stays on here

    I put in a small washer before tightening the wing nut..seems to grip/close better

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,962 ✭✭✭ Dunedin

    The metal ones will stay on but they need to be tight. Don’t be afraid to tighten them. I have one on cow for 3 years now and still there. But I did lose plenty in the early Days by being afraid to put on tight enough.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,031 ✭✭✭

    Plus 1.

    I had one on a yearling years back. Like above go tight. One of the spikes fell out but worked a treat. I think she stopped the habit in the next grazing season from memory.