If you do have to rope dairy bred calves they have longer legs. You don't want to till your arena too deep. Your arena should be a little damp and packed so the calf won't hang a hind leg and snap. When you flank you must get the heaviest part of the calf the front off the ground first so you can roll them up your thigh if you stick your right toe under the calf.

String the front leg and try to get the bubble as a handle and with the dairy breed with the long legs you have to twist your body around so you can wrap them long legs up fast. The key is get out around them long legs and with a dairy calf it is okay to tie on your knee. But not on a domestic for they will kick your butt. You can or can't try a bigger sized string so it is heavier weight to spin faster and take a one time around and a half hitch because they may never try a tie. This is up to your discretion as you watch the rest of the runs and decide what kind of string is best for your style.

Keeping these dairy and all kinds of calves alive in Texas is...

The 21 degree temperature change between sun up and sun down

When I roped and doctored wheat grass pasture feedlot calves for Capitol Land and Livestock in 1993 then drove down to rope at San Marcos all winter this was what made them get the respiratory illness. We doctored them with Turkey respiratory medicine mixed with B-12 sub-Q under the skin...

Trying to help the young ropers out in Texas with the information I know...

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Thanks a lot this info really helps I plan on pulling a few calves this year or the next and this knowledge really helps me out


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