Monday, April 6, 2009

Cattle working day - not the best pics

Twice a year we "round up the cattle" in order to give them their booster vaccines and to de-worm them and check them over for any problems (teeth, feet, udder problems, tail clipping) and just a general check-up. (Fall photo)

We were a little late this year as we had taken the cattle-working chute out of the barn to rennovate for the rabbits. (Plans are in place for a simple machinery shed with a section of the back being for the cattle-working facility) So we temporarily set up the chute and corral panels a week ago to get this work done. Here they come .....

#39 .... that's my cow, born and raised here

Okay, no crowding .....

Some fall calves ...
Opps! wrong way, baby....

Working the head-catch ...

applying pour-on de-wormer ...
Acouple "cow-hands" in the back corral making sure the cattle keep moving through.. . wasn't able to get their picture in action. I manned the injections and record keeping and stayed put out of the way.
The "crew", dirty and tired, but happy to have the job done.
Cow herd early in the fall....
We enjoy the beauty of the Hereford breed, and their gentle temperament.We usually have calves born twice a year, spring and fall, and usually from an Angus bull. It is not a large herd but a small venture which my husband especially enjoys. ..... and it is a joy to raise and consume beef that has not been hormone-injected.

6 comments:

Amy ~ 12 Acres said...

Well I wish we were neighbors cuz I would have liked to come over and help. It looked like fun to me.

Rose said...

Looks like they have a reason to be tired!!

Sunny said...

We would have been glad to have you, Amy!

Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...

nice to see all the natural immages!
you know what? our neighbours have gotten woolen pigs!!! Yes, that's right: pigs that look like sheep! Apartly they used to have them all over Europe in the olden days, but since they are not quick money, nobody has them anymore...

enjoy your Easter holiday!
love, sarah sofia

Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...

can't believe it, my cdomment just disappreared!!! well here we go again: nice to see your natural immages and that you have such healthy cobnncerns, trying to keep things natural!
our neighbours have just gotten woolen pigs! they look like sheep, and used to be all over europe in the olden days...

have a nice Easter-holiday!
love, SSG

Tina. said...

Love the post mom! Nice to see a working farm. I think the cows are beautiful too...and BIG...have fun!