Working the cattle

Tuesday morning was the first time in years that our cattle were worked and I wasn’t in on the fun.  Hubby did have some help though.  Our daughter and two of his friends came to take care of business.  This was for our spring calving herd and there was only two calves that had not had their calves yet but the work needed to be done now.  The other two will be taken care of later.  The work entails eartags for the moms that are missing tags and there were a lot of them.  The moms also get their tails trimmed and if any are having issues such as runny eyes(possible pinkeye infection), thin bodies (usually a symptom of worms) or limping (foot evil lurking around)  all of these are taken care of in the spring.  The calves get their ears tagged, baby shots, banding if they’re bull calves and general care for any thing else that might show up.  This may not sound like a lot but when you have 40 cows and 30 calves going through the working chute it takes several hands, patience, and time.  They had a great day without me and had it all done in about 2.5 hours.  I thought I would show you a couple pictures that one of the guys took during the process and a couple pictures of the herd.

 

Working calves 05212013

Calf in head chute to keep from hurting them.

 

Jimmy Taylor manning the head chute 05212013

Ears tagged before leaving the chute

Banding calves 05212013

Little bulls become little steers

Babies scattered everywhere!

2013 Spring calves

 

JOB WELL DONE!!

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

3 thoughts on “Working the cattle”

    1. That would be fun and interesting!! Cows are creatures of habit and quick to catch on to things they don’t especially like. I anyone goes into the fields with them besides hubby, my daughter and myself, they take off in the opposite direction 🙂

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