We continue to check on our cattle, keeping an eye open for sickness, especially in calves.
So, how do you tell if a calf is sick? It’s all about the ears.
While calves’ ears don’t stand up like like a deer’s, there is definitely an upward tilt on a happy, sun-loving, grass-eating baby. If you see droopy ears, it’s like seeing a child with rosy cheeks, red ears, and dreary eyes. There’s something wrong.
That was our scenario the other day on the mountain.
Time was, that you’d haul a couple of horses up, rope the calf (hopefully on the first swing), and doctor him… or if it was close to the corral, take him and his mom into the corral, and then, doctor him.
The past few years, we’ve used a different technique.
Got him! The dart will fall out on its own and the medicine has been injected. We will write down his number, check him again, and keep the record that he received antibiotics and he won’t be sold with the rest of our steers since we are GAP certified.
Easy peasy, low stress doctoring!