Slaughtering longhorns

Discussion in 'Beef Cattle Discussion' started by Mark, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. Mark

    Mark New Member

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    I have always has angus cattle and started switching over to longhorns a few years ago, I have two Steers ready to butcher at the end of month. My guy that does my slaughtering here on my farm is concerned with using his normal procedure which is using a 22 mag to the forehead and cutting the jugular to bleed them out. The question is will the 22 penetrate the forehead area sufficiently or is it extra thick because of the horns? Thanks Mark
     
  2. gblevins

    gblevins New Member

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    Mark I have butchered long horn cattle a 22 mag is sufficient
     

  3. Mark

    Mark New Member

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    Thanks I appreciate it.
     
  4. tnsalersbreeder

    tnsalersbreeder Cattle GURU!

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    Is this a serious question? Even a .17hmr works fine!
     
  5. Mark

    Mark New Member

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    It was serious, I was concerned with the thickness of the skull plate below the horns.
     
  6. tnsalersbreeder

    tnsalersbreeder Cattle GURU!

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    Okay even 17 hmr should work so .22 mag should be more than adequate.