These plans will show you how to build your own Calf Tilting Table. This item will come in handy around the ranch more than you will think. It traps the calf in a squeeze, then you can rotate the table. I will mail you hard copies on 8 1/2 X 11 paper. All plans are designed by Ben Stone. Ben is a retired Engineer in Canada. Ben also drafts these himself using the latest AutoCAD software to ensure accuracy. He studied Engineering back in the early 1980’s. After over 30 years in the Construction industry he developed a passion for building cool items around his farm and cabin. These are great DIY projects. With a little skill anybody can Do It Yourself. Ben is always a email away if you have any questions while building one of his projects. He is adding new plans all the time.
Cows lie down on their side the minute you allow them. We trim close up dry cows, we trim fresh cows, we trim first calf heifers. It is safe, it is efficient, and if you have ever had one or seen one used properly, there is no better and safer way to trim feet. If the cow happens to lie down in the chute, instead of dragging it out with a skidsteer etc. we simply push the button, raise the crate over top of the cow, and roll the crate forward, giving her full freedom and mobility to simply stand and walk ahead. The legs are not jerked back with powerful hydraulics and forced into a fixed position, or strained beyond the natural mobility of the individual cow
Uses/benefits of Cow Tilt Table:
Trim each cow twice a year. Rubber floors may require 3 times a year per cow, consult with your trimmer.
– Regular foot bathing schedule must be given in order to manage digital dermatitis
– Attempting to save a nickel to spend a dollar in foot care is inefficient any way you look at it.
– A trimmer using a certain “method” or any attempt to manipulate that natural balance of a cows hoof, is not doing a proper job. A lot of things have changed about dairy farming, but a cow is still a cow. The weight balance of the claws and how we trim should not have any other “method” than what the cow has to work with.
– The chute makes a whole lot less difference than the person doing the job. Check out the Hoards Dairymen article linked to this website comparing the types of chutes used and the stress levels measured during the trimming process
– Work with your trimmer if any issues arise. We all know things in the dairy business come in phases. Sometimes the feed isn’t just right, sometimes sore cows pop up, sometimes breeding is difficult. Patience and consistency tend to pay off.
– It’s a business from both ends. You expect quality, and the trimmer makes a living as a professional. The goal of any trimmer should be to make your cows as comfortable as possible as far as feet go. The payoff will be far greater than the attempt to do the “whole herd in a day” mentality, or “in house” trimming that time very rarely allows for. That costs more then it makes.
– Calmness and patience are absolutely a must when working with cattle.