Yesterday the herd manger, who happens to be my good friend, was in the feed store and told me that the vet had blocked off the whole day Thursday (today) to be at the farm so that the entire herd could be preg checked (preg checked = the vet determining if the cow or heifer is bred or not and if she is, how many months along she is). My head started spinning at the logistics of getting around 80 cows and heifers at 3 different farms checked. Luckily it was my day in the extension office so I could juggle my day around – so I spent the morning at the farm.
In my previous blogs I have talked about ear tagging for herd identification – in between waiting on the vet and hauling cattle to the main farm I had a stack of ear tags to make for the cows that had lost their tag so we could put a new one in while we had them in the chute.
True love is hand making an ear tag for each animal. Who says farmers don’t care about their animals?! There may be over 150 head of cattle on the farm, but we know all their names – and make all their ear tags!
Back to the task at hand…first we had to round them up at all 3 farms. The guys had caught them while they were feeding this morning, but then we had to haul them to the main farm.
By 10:30am we had as many head at the main farm as we could handle by the time the vet showed up. Not only were they getting preg checked and a new ear tag if they had lost theirs, but each was getting vaccinated and dewormed.
Above – Dale the vet getting the dewormer situated – the dewormer we used today is a drench that gets poured along the back of the animal.
The herd manager giving the vaccination shot.
Dale, the vet, up to his shoulder inside the cow feeling if she is pregnant or not, and if so, how many months along she is. I was the secretary for the first 40 head until I had to go back to the office, keeping track of if they were pregnant or open (not pregnant) and how many months along they are.
The guys hauling another load of cattle and one of the girls waiting on the trailer.
It was a long day for all the guys, but successful. Just another day in the life.
One last parting shot of the cute bottle baby checking out all the action today: