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April 23rd - Branding the Spring Calves
Branding 2014

Happy Easter! We hope you had a wonderful weekend with your family and friends. This past Saturday we branded the calves out of the spring calving cows. The weather throughout the weekend was beautiful with lots of sunshine and warm temps! 

 

Presley our Easter Bunny!

 

We worked all of our spring calving cows and branded all of their calves this past Saturday. The cows all recieved their breeding vaccinations and a mineral supplement injection. The calves all had their first round of vaccinations, a mineral injection and their RAB freeze brand.

 

 

      

We gathered all of the pairs out the pasture and walked them into the portable corral. The cows were then sorted from the calves and worked through the chute.

     

     

     

 

We then rope all of the calves and drag them out of the calf pen with the horses. Two wrestlers then keep the calf still while the vaccinations are given and the branding is done. 

     

     

     

 

 

 

     

 

Our great vaccination crew!

 

To freeze brand the calves we first shave the hair. Then we apply alcohol to the area which helps the freeze brand "stick" to the skin which creates an even brand that you'll be able to see well. The brand which has been cooled in liquid nitrogen is then held on the skin for 23 seconds. In a couple weeks the hair will grow in white in the area that was freeze branded.

          

 

     It takes a big crew to brand all of these calves! Thank You everyone who came to help!

     

     

     

     

 

We started gathering cows around 9am and were all done working 400 calves by 5pm! After the branding we had a great supper and some live entertainment courtesy of Seth Anderson who lives in Aberdeen. 

 

It was a great day and we couldn't have done it without all the great help. If you would like to experince a branding you're welcome to come to the summer branding, stay tuned for the date but it will be sometime in early June. You can participate if you'd like or just watch, and if you can't stay the whole day you can come and go as you please! 

 


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Wednesday 23rd of April 2014
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April 16th - Herd Sire's Calves
Calving 2014

It's been a bit of a cooler week here, with a bit of rain earlier this week. It is supposed to warm up some this weekend just in time for our branding on Saturday April 19th. We would like to invite you and your family to join us at the branding. We'll be starting around 9-10am and the action will go through the afternoon. If you can't be there right away in the morning, or stay all day feel free to come and go as you please! We will serve a picnic lunch during the day and supper after the branding. We hope to see you at the ranch Saturday!

 

This past week we moved our summer cows to a new pasture to graze grass standing from last year. We are supplementing those cows with some distillers for protein. We'll keep them in this current pasture for a few weeks then we'll move them to some Game & Fish land close to our West Ranch about 7 miles. They are due to start calving around May 1st. 

 

We have just a handful of cows left to calve in our spring herd. The rest of the pairs are seperated into three pastures close to the ranch. The calves are looking really good so far and we're hoping we get some green grass for them soon!

 

Within the next few weeks we're going to highlight calves out all of the herd sires we used this past year. This week we're going to look at calves out of Andras Fusion R236, Bieber Rollin Deep Y118, Schuler Endurance 2101Z, and Bieber Stormer Z433.   

 

Andras Fusion R236 

We used him AI for the first time last year. His calves look long and well made, we're excited to watch them grow this summer. 

 

Bull Calves out of Andras Fusion

     

 

Heifer Calves out of Andras Fusion

     

 

Bieber Rollin Deep Y118

This is the second calf crop we have had out of Rollin Deep. His first sons sold on our 2013 March Production sale. We're using Rollin Deep again this year!

 

Bull Calves out of Bieber Rollin Deep 

     

     

 

Heifer Calves out of Bieber Rollin Deep 

     

     

 

Schuler Endurance 2101Z

We bought Endurance with Accelerated Genetics last year off of Schuler's production sale. This is our first calf crop out of Endurance and we like what we've seen so far! 

 

Heifer Calves out of Schuler Endurance

     

     

Bieber Stormer Z433

We sold Stormer to Accelerated Genetics last year on our March Production sale. We have just a few calves from him this year and so far we like what we've seen.

 

Bull Calves out of Bieber Stormer Z433

     

 


April 9th - Pulling CIDRS
Breeding Season 2014

It's been a great spring week here in Leola! We got a few showers on Monday and it really warmed up today with 70 degree temperatures. 

 

Today we pulled the CIDRs from our replacement heifers. We're using CIDRs, vaginal progesterone implants, to syncronize our replacement heifers to be AI bred on April 28th. We put the CIDRs in on March 26th and are using a 14day protocol.  

 

 

     

We have 280 replacement heifers that are split into 4 different feedlot pens. We will keep the heifers in those pens through AI and natural service breeding. We gathered the heifers one pen at a time and brought them down to have their CIDRs pulled.

 

     

          

Caleb brought five heifers at a time into our tub and alley. We pushed all five into the alley then pulled the CIDRs from all the heifers then let them all go out through the chute without catching them.

 

We also collected yearling data on our Summer replacement heifers. The summer heifers are also synchronized to be bred on the 28th. 

 

     

We took the heifers hip height measurement, pelvic measurements and yearling weights.

 

 

 

 

 


April 2nd - The 1st Branding of the season!
Branding 2014

Winter is back.... and unfortunatly this isn't a belated April Fools day joke! On Monday we had a spring blizzard, after a beautiful branding weekend with temperatures in the 50s! The storm started Monday afternoon, and we got around 2 inches of snow with lots of wind with very little visability.

 

The guys prepared for the storm by making sure the windbreaks in the pairs pasture were well bedded. They fed the cattle up by the windbreaks in the hopes that they would stay close during the storm, and they also gathered the bunch once the snow started and pushed them even closer to the windbreaks. The storm was over by Tuesday morning and it got warm enough to melt a bit of the new snow! However it's snowing again and we are supposed to get another 1-2inches tonight, this time though without the big wind gusts. We sure hope that warmer spring weather is on it's way! 

 

     

Our calves weathered the storm great, but we hope they don't have to

experience to many more! 

 

We're almost done calving our spring cowherd. The second cycle cows started calving last week and we had a few days of 6-7calves a day, theres just around 50 cows left to calve. We had our first branding of the season last weekend. We worked all of the first calf heifers and branded their calves.

 

      


     

After we gathered all of the pairs out of the pasture, we sort the cows away from the calves and then work the cows through the chute and give them their vaccinations.

     

     

We had some great help out at the ranch! 

     

     

The calves waiting to move into the branding pen once we get the cows worked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

We then rope the calves heels in the branding pen and the pull them out of the pen.

Two wrestlers then hold the calves while they get their vaccinations and the RAB freeze brand!

     

     

 

     

To freeze brand the calves we clip the hair off of the left hip, where our brand is placed. Then we apply alcohol to the area right before the cold branding iron. The iron is held on the calf for 23seconds. After the brand the calf is all worked!

     

 

 

 


 
         
         
       
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