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  1. #1
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    Sep 2006
    Wisconsin
    Ace 250 . Bounty Hunter, Vibra Probe 570 Garrett Pin Pointer AT PRO
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Anyone every find a Cow Magnet

    A cow magnet is a preventive veterinary medical device for cattle, consisting of a plastic cylinder about one centimeter in diameter, which encloses a strong alnico magnet. A rancher or dairy farmer feeds a magnet to each cow; it settles in the rumen or reticulum and remains there for the life of the animal.

    When the cow grazes, it often consumes and swallows what is called tramp iron: baling and barbed wire, staples, nails, and other metallic objects. These objects are indigestible, and would lodge in the reticulum and cause inflammation, resulting in lower milk production (for dairy cattle) or lower weight gain (for feeder stock). This condition is called hardware disease.

    The cow magnet attracts such objects and prevents them from becoming lodged in the animal's tissue. While the resultant mass of iron remains in the cow's rumen as a sort of bezoar, it does not cause the severe problems of hardware disease. Cow Magnets cannot be passed through a cow's 4th bonivial meta-colon. Found this on the web site.....
    Years ago I found one of these in a field . Never knew what it was, until a farmer told me what they were used for. At first I thought he was giving me a wild story, but I guess he was right I was just wondering if anyone else happen upon one while MD"ing. Hope the pic is clear enough. .
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  2. #2
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    Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust

    Nov 2005
    Ozarks
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    Re: Anyone every find a Cow Magnet

    I did find one of those...but growing up on a dairy farm I knew exactly what it was .....so handled with care
    I go a great distance,while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow

  3. #3

    Jul 2007
    Michigan
    X-Terra 70
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    Re: Anyone every find a Cow Magnet

    That's very interesting, but I'm not sure I really wanted to know that.
    Gary

  4. #4
    us
    Oct 2006
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    Re: Anyone every find a Cow Magnet

    I snuck up on a cow once and screamed to scare her but no magnet

  5. #5

    Feb 2008
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    Re: Anyone every find a Cow Magnet

    Maybe she wasn't attracted to you.

  6. #6

    Jan 2004
    Los Osos, CA
    Garrett GTA 1000 and ACE 250
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    Re: Anyone every find a Cow Magnet

    Found one while helping the sheriff dept look for a murder weapon

  7. #7
    us
    Your Only One Swing Away From Discovery

    Dec 2006
    Florida
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    Re: Anyone every find a Cow Magnet

    I have some used and unused if anyone wants one
    Your Discovery Has History Count On It
    Enjoy the dig, treasure the time

  8. #8

    Apr 2007
    Central New York
    MXT
    91

    Re: Anyone every find a Cow Magnet

    What does it smell like?
    Just kidding of course. I know farmers up here in New York, that pile away there dead animals off on there land. Found em in the woods and edges of fields before. The dead cows that is.

  9. #9
    robert roy

    Re: Anyone every find a Cow Magnet

    Well, learned something today. Here I thought it was to keep the cow attached to the fridge!

  10. #10
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    Re: Anyone every find a Cow Magnet

    My brother in law puts cow magnets on his fuel line in his Chevy truck. He claims it reformulates the gas and he gets better fuel mileage but then again he is from Oregon.

  11. #11
    robert roy

    Re: Anyone every find a Cow Magnet

    I wonder if I strapped one to each side of my knees It help relieve the arthrithis
    RR

  12. #12
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    Your Only One Swing Away From Discovery

    Dec 2006
    Florida
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    Re: Anyone every find a Cow Magnet

    Quote Originally Posted by robert roy
    I wonder if I strapped one to each side of my knees It help relieve the arthrithis
    RR
    just read on another thread about ol folk rememdies folks eating golden raisens soaked in gin for theirs, they all seem to be having possitive effects from the raisens. 9 a day.
    Your Discovery Has History Count On It
    Enjoy the dig, treasure the time

 

 

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