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Protein blocks around cattle and hogs solution? #5937139 09/20/15 02:25 PM
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In the past we have had feeder pens torn down by cattle because members had a protein block in the pen. Has anyone ever tried drilling a hole thru the block and hanging the block from a tree? Hang it high enough the cows can't reach it and the deer can rear up to get a lick.
Maybe even hang it close to the trunk where deer can rear up and use the trunk to balance themselves. Will the cattle do the same to get to it?

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You have some seriously hungry cows if they are tearing down pens for a block.

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Originally Posted By: grout-scout
You have some seriously hungry cows if they are tearing down pens for a block.


Maybe put a couple sacrificial blocks somewhere else. They aren't that expensive really.


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Re: Protein blocks around cattle and hogs solution? [Re: BLUERIBBONS] #5937179 09/20/15 03:04 PM
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The cattle are angus and angus cross. When a 2,000 lb bull or the large cows want something a normal deer pen isn't going to hold them out once they get a whiff of that molasses. smile

And yeah putting a $10 block on the ground unprotected would be pointless. It would be gone in less than 24 hrs either by the cows or hogs rolling it off. I put a 125 lb protein tub out to supplement my free range 19 head of sheep and it only lasted 6 days.

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Maybe a liquid tank would last you a lot longer, they only get the amount on the wheel as it turns.


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The best thing that comes to my mind for your solution is an electric fence. A single strand will keep the cows out and not bother the deer. I'm not sure it would work for hogs though, never had that problem. Hanging a block from a tree would only feed the coons.

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I have an extra camera so I believe I am going to give it a try. As you suggest I may get some pretty comical pictures of coons swinging on the block like Tarzan!

I will get one out this week and report back.

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Here's what I did with mine. I doesn't keep the hogs or cattle off, but they won't destroy it or roll it off. I used 3-18" stakes to anchor it down.

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that's pretty ingenious.

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