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What are kicking chains? (and how are they used in dairying?)

Koty says 2015-09-18 06:48:48 (CST)

short chains that go around the hocks and prevent a cow from kicking the milker or the milking machine. Saw them being used at my Uncles dairy in the 50's.

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carl heth says 2015-09-18 08:00:30 (CST)

Kicking chains ; They are used to hold the back legs of a cow together so she can't kick while you milk her for the first time or if she has an injury to one of her teats. The chain is about 18 inches long. One end is affixed to a metal strap formed into a hook and the other end has a slat in the hook so it can be adjusted to the size of the cow. The hook is place above the back knee around the front of the legs. I have had a couple of first calf heifers that would kick like a mule with both feet with kicking chains and all.

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Dave Thiessen says 2015-09-18 15:18:50 (CST)

I only ever knew them as "kickers". I got curious to know if they are still being made. It took six months of searching the internet, but yes, they are still available (new) but are sold as "steel cow hobbles"!

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JerryHicks says 2015-09-21 06:28:47 (CST)

Chains which fasten above the hocks on cows at time of milking making it impossible for a cow to kick the milker.

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