Pre-Calving Shots

Last week we ran the cows through the chute.  We gave them a pre-calving shot and poured them.  The shot helps to build antibodies that protects neonatal calves against scours.  The pour-on is used to eliminate and protect the cattle against lice and worms.

We had lots of great help!  Cousin T’s daughter, “Ash Tree”, was home from college.  J’s Dad likes to work in the back bringing the cattle up the alley.

As you can see, we had a beautiful day to work cattle.  Muddy, but warm!

J was the shot giver and Cousin T poured the cattle.  Neighbor RC helped too!  We are very lucky to have great a great cattle working crew.

While we had the cattle in the chute, J re-tagged those that lost their ear tags.  It’s important to be able to identify all the cows.

After all the cows get worked, back to the winter pasture they go.  We will bring them home to start calving in April.

After the work was done we ate dinner and visited!  I made pizza, lettuce salad, onion bread sticks and better-than-crack brownies.  Brownies recipe coming soon.

 

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11 Responses to Pre-Calving Shots

  1. Candy C. says:

    Better-than-crack brownies!! ROTFL!!
    Hey, where are the HORSES in that last picture!! 😉

    • Robyn says:

      Candy

      Glad I could make you laugh so hard! I have to be honest I didn’t name these brownies and I am not sure what is so funny about the name. If one eats too many of these brownies they might have to … find bigger pants. Thanks for making me laugh too.

      No horses on our Ranch. J sold the last one shortly after we got married.

  2. LindaG says:

    How do you know which cows are which if they’ve lost their ear tags? Are they stamped or something, too?
    Yes, I know nothing, haha.

    Looks like you had a great day and wonderful weather. Enjoy the rest of the week!

    • Robyn says:

      J and I can identify some of our cattle by their freeze brand. Freeze branding uses a branding iron that has been chilled with a dry ice or liquid nitrogen. Instead of burning the hide of an animal, a freeze brand damages the pigment-producing hair cells, causing the animal’s hair to grow white where the brand has been applied. This is a permanent and easy to read marking. Some of our cows have an ear tag in both ears and we just need to replace the one that is missing.

      Here is some more information on freeze branding: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livestock_branding#Freeze_branding

      Good question Linda.

  3. Wow, it sounds like you had a busy and fulfilling day. Lots of teamwork, good friends and family to help, and sunny albeit muddy weather beats snowflurries and rain every day of the week. I am so glad you shared and yeah, and the title “better than crack” brownies made me nearly fall out of my seat laughing too. Stay warm and cozy up north. Until next time…

    • Robyn says:

      Heidi
      You made my day! I am so glad I could make you laugh out loud!

      We have been blessed with a mild winter. Makes ranching a lot simpler when we are not fighting Mother Nature. I do have a feeling we are going to get a major spring storm some time. Not to be a pessimist; just a realist.

  4. Tezzie says:

    Your cattle is gorgeous…truly. And, what amazing spring weather you guys had to work in! So nice after a long winter 🙂

    • Robyn says:

      Tez
      We feel so LUCKY to have this mild winter. I have been here 7 winters and most of them have been long, cold and snowy. The Hubby LOVES not having to worry about getting me to town for work and I love not wondering if I will make it home after work.

      Thanks for the gorgeous cattle compliment; look for more pictures Thursday and Friday!

  5. Kim says:

    We are working baby calves next week. Randy went to the FFA work auction last night and “bought” an extra helper for that day. I don’t think that particular student has a farm/ranch background, so it will definitely be a learning experience for him. Randy told him that he would get dirty! I enjoyed seeing your crew at work!

  6. I love seeing the behind-the-scenes work that goes into raising cattle! My husband just told me that he just placed our order for a whole cow from a local farmer that we know here in Missouri. I love getting our beef directly from a farmer, as opposed to the grocery store. I know he puts a lot of time, love and dedication into raising and caring for his livestock like you do.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up for WW last week. I’m still playing catch up! Sorry for showing up so late. Have a great day. 🙂

    • Robyn says:

      Thank You so much Kristi! Glad to hear you love eating beef! No problem that you are playing catch up, I know you are busy and have a lot going on right now. Keeping you in my thoughts.

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