Last Friday and Saturday we preconditioned calves. To precondition calves we give them two shots and pour them. The shots are complimentary boosters to the shots they receive in the spring. Just like children, calves need booster shots to protect them from viruses and diseases. The pour-on is how we worm the calves. Livestock easily pick up worms from eating grass and nosing around on the ground. It’s important to get rid of the worms so the calves stay healthy.
We had ideal weather conditions for working cattle. I will admit 32* makes for a chilly 4-wheeler ride while gathering pairs at day break. With highs in the upper 50’s the cattle were comfortable and we were able to work all day.
Friday our working crew was Cousin T, Roy, J and I. We worked 3 groups of calves in two locations. We also got set up at a third location. I had chicken tortilla soup warming in the crock pot and made buttermilk biscuits the night before. Chocolate chip and Peanut butter Kiss cookies rounded out our dinner.
Saturday Janelle (Cousin T’s wife) and Steven (Miss Ashleigh’s boyfriend) joined us as we ran three more groups of calves through the chute. Janelle made tater-tot casserole and a fruit salad that really hit the spot for dinner.
Sunday afternoon J and I gathered the yearling to sort and count. We also got ready to chop corn. Monday morning we shipped yearlings. It’s always nice when the cattle surprise us by weighing more than we predicted.
This week we are chopping corn. The chopper showed up at our house Monday afternoon. With good luck it will take 2-3 days at our house and then J will head over to help our neighbor (who owns the chopper).
Are you chopping or harvesting corn on your ranch?