We’re doing something a bit different this year. Usually, when we’ve had a heifer calve down at the calving shed… she and her baby get put out on the other side of the shed and left there. So one side is “TO CALVE” and the other is “HAS CALVED”. This year, the majority of heifers that calve are now brought here to my place, down by the stackyard.
That means loading the calves in the front of the horse trailer and closing the gate in the middle. Then their moms are loaded in the back. Brandon hauls them here, unloads them into a small portable pen.
We give them a little time to find each other…
Then out they go. We walk them down and around and over a hill to their feed ground.
They’re SUPPOSED to follow their mommas… and take that right turn. The bulls down below are a draw, they think they need to go there. Why not unload them closer to the feed ground? Because red dirt is slicker than _ when in its mud state. The days have been warm and the snow is slushy and deep. Walking is better than getting a pickup stuck.
Vernon walked them, and I drove the tractor for Brandon to feed. But that’s another story…Find me here!
2 thoughts on “Baby Calf Walk”
looks like a great idea, & for sure, when red dirt gets wet & in that condition, the red color really shines-
Ranching and farming are always evolving. You have to try new ways of doing things to see what works for your operation. You guys are doing a great job. It’s always fun to see new calves every year as they try to walk, then run and play.