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Spring calving

2016 spring herd grazing along.

2016 spring herd grazing along.

Most of our morning was spent with our cattle, my daughter & son-in-law, and two very good friends.  We had 24 calves from this herd and they all received their baby vaccinations, pinkeye and tetanus shots, eartagged and banded if they were bull calves.  Everything went smoothly and only took about two hours.  We have some beauties in this herd and the last one was born last week.

2016 (3)Big Herd cows calves 2016 (6)Big Herd cows calves 2016 (8)Big Herd cows calves

After taking care of all of them we turned Clyde and Sam (new bull) in with the herd.  This is always a big chore but went quickly this morning since we had such wonderful help.  I hope they all know how much we appreciate giving us their time and muscles.

Now we watch them grow!!

Eddie likes to play with the little ones when they're just a couple days old.

Eddie likes to play with the little ones when they’re just a couple days old.

2016 (11)Big Herd cows calves

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!!