This method of casting cattle, devised by Dr. D. R. Burley of Georgia, has many advantages over the other casting methods.  First, it is not necessary in this method to tie the rope around the horns or the neck.  It is simply passed around the animal's body which takes less time.  Second, this restraint does not put pressure over the thorax and thus does not interfere with the action of the heart and lungs.  Third, it does not endanger the genital organs of the bull or the mammary vessels of the cow.  Finally, with this restraint both rear legs may be tied with the ends of the casting rope.  

    While the cow is being held by a strong halter or by a nose lead a forty foot piece of rope is placed over her back with its center at the withers.  The ends are carried between the forelegs and crossed at the sternum.   One end is carried up each side of the animal's body and the two are crossed again over the back.  Each end passes downward between the rear legs going between the inner surface of the legs and under the udder or scrotum, as the case may be.

    When the ends of the rope are pulled, the cow will fall.  The operator may control the direction of the fall by pulling the casting ropes so that the animal is forced to one side or the other.

    To tie the rear leg the operator keeps both ropes tout and slides the uppermost one along the under surface of the rear leg to the fetlock.  He flexes the leg and makes a half hitch around the fetlock.



    The end is then carried around the leg above the hock, across the cannon bone, and back around the fetlock.  The leg is secured by several such "figure 8's".



    To tie the front leg a short heavy cord or rope about six feet long is needed.  One end of it is fastened around the pastern with a clove hitch leaving a free end about eight inches long.  The front leg is flexed and the long end of the cord carried forward and passed under the main casting rope descending from the withers.


    The cord is passed around the flexed front leg several times and tied in a reefer's knot to the short free end at the pastern.


    The animal is rolled over and the rear leg of the other side is tied with the other end of the casting rope.  With another six foot cord, the other front leg is tied, and the animal is then completely restrained.



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New Bolton Center Field Service Department
Students:  Keith Javic - Class of 2003, C. Nikki Conroy - Class of 2003