We have had quite a few more calves, four in one week. It was a bad rainy week of course, so the little calves were soaking wet and cold. But know they are healthy and happy now.
Yesterday we worked the herd through the chute. We ran 36 through starting with the adults and then the calves. Only one momma to be heifer really gave us a hard time. It took forever to get her into the squeeze chute. She better not make a habit of it, or I will buy a cattle prod. As a matter of fact I think I will buy one just to have on hand. I had much needed help from family. Jeanine turned into super cattlewomen, and shocked me with her skills, she was jumping gates and wrangling calves like a seasoned range hand. She was really bruised up this morning and hurting a little. But ya know, I think she really enjoyed it. My sister in law Shelly, who has had medical training, was indespensible helping with vaccines and setting up my tatoos, and ear tags for the calves. All I had to do was hold my hand out, and boom, what I needed was in my hand without even asking for it. Joey my brother in law was awesome on the head catch, as the smaller cattle are too small to use it automatically. He moved all the cattle out after they were worked. Angela Piette, our friend was the record keeper, she had to track the blackleg and respiratory vaccines, cattle number, sex, worming, ear tagging, ear tatooing, and castrations. She was awesome. Mimi looked after Ariyana, Shelly and Joey's baby and our kids so we could work uninterupted. Papo worked the chute gate which is an overhead pull type. That is a workout in itself. He also helped me with the hay feeding after the chute work. We worked over six hours straight with only a five minute water break. The work was exhasting but very rewarding. We should have five more calves due before mid June, then the cycle will begin again. There is still plenty of hay left so I have to decide to either sell it or keep it in case of a drought summer. I will wait and see what the new hay season brings.