So the baby calves are weaned, but there’s a few things we do… We run them through the alley and chute, vaccinating them, worming them, and giving them a shot of minerals to help them along.
The plan was for everyone to be on deck working in the corral. Victoria’s husband, however, spotted some of our cows in the lane, not in the pasture where they belonged. It was late, and he was busy hunting, so he didn’t do anything with them. Victoria and I volunteered to go see what we could do… of course, hauling along her three kids as well.
It was plenty easy to find their escape path. The top two wires were knocked down in the corner by the lane. We didn’t have fencing tools or wire (those were all down with the guys at the corral), so we had come prepared with baling twine!! I repaired the corner as best I could, then we went in search of cows.
There were five miscreants… and we turned them and headed them back towards the gap they’d created… and the gate! Cows know where they’ve escaped and it’s often easy to head them back that way, hopefully a real gate is nearby!
Back to work with everyone else…
In a few more years, we will have PLENTY of help, but for now, it’s work PLUS keeping an eye on seven little kids who want to help BADLY…
I have to admit, it’s fun watching my three kids process these calves. I took three short videos, each averaging 30 seconds to load the calf, give it all its shots, and release it. They do it quietly and efficiently and its all over for that calf!
I was sitting there, holding Matthew, trying to get him to finally take a nap. He was way too interested in what was going on for most of the time, but even with all the banging of the chute and discussion and bawling… he did finally have to give in and fall asleep!
Another round of weaning is complete.