Last week we pregnancy checked cows. We had the veterinarian (a/k/a Doc) come out and ultrasound. With the drought we thought it was a good opportunity to get rid of open and problem cows. We normally don’t preg check cows, but we do ultrasound the first calf heifers.
Monday afternoon we gathered cows and sorted off the old and problem cows. Each year at calving J starts a “To Sell” list and writes down the cow number and her offense.
Tuesday morning J and I got up early to feed calves. We had all hands on deck and a few helpers when the Vet and her assistant showed up.
1 – We set the Vet’s hydraulic chute in front of ours.
2 – J’s Dad likes to work in the back. He brings cattle up to the alley way.
3 – J’s Uncle and I were in charge of making sure the cows moved up the alley. Neighbor B kept a cow “on deck” so the Vet never had to wait for the next bovine.
4 – Doc ultrasounding a cow. We averaged around 100 cows an hour.
5 – While the cows were in the chute the pregnant ones got vaccinated by J and poured by the Vet’s assistant. The cows are vaccinated with a yearly fall shot. The pour-on is used to treat and prevent a broad spectrum of parasites, such as worms and lice. J’s Mom kept the official count and sorted the open cows into a holding pen.
6 – If Doc had a question or concern about the ultrasound reading she preg checked the old fashion way.
7 – We zipped right through the cows. It takes a good crew from back to front to keep the cattle moving. The cows went through the chute awesome. We had very few stubborn girls.
8 – All done and ready to head back to winter pasture
We had beautiful weather for doing cattle work. It was a good day of satisfying work with great help.