This last week on the ranch we preconditioned all of the spring born calves and ultrasounded the cows.
We're planning to wean the spring calves in Mid September, and give all of the weaning shots and tattoos at preconditioning to reduce stress on weaning day. This year we worked four bunches of pairs over a three day period. We started each day by gathering the pairs then walking them either to ranch headquarters or to the portable corrals, chute and alley.
This group of pairs we walked back to ranch headquarters to work after working a bunch at a set of portable corrals at our West Ranch. We had lots of help on the ranch this year for preconditioning. Peggy's nieces and Sister-in-Law from Las Vegas stopped by the ranch for a few days after celebrating Jake & Kristin's marriage in Sioux Falls. Ron & Lois's granddaughter, Erica, from Chicago was is also here visiting the ranch for a couple weeks. They were all out helping Precondition and Ultrasound.
Peggy and her nieces Alyssa and Lindsey.
Alyssa and Lindsey after the gather.
After gathering all of the pairs we sort the cows from the calves. We did this horseback with Craig Howard and Anastasia at the gate.
Notice the storm clouds? We didn't escape... The storm held off until after we had sorted all of the cows from the calves and sorted the bull calves from the heifer calves. We took our lunch break during the storm. This was the second group of pairs that we worked after we worked the calves out of the first bunch part of the crew gathered, sorted and worked the calves out of this second bunch. While we were gathering and sorting, the rest of the ranch crew were still over at the West Ranch with our vets from Ashley, ND ultrasounding the first bunch of cows. Neither crew escaped this shot of rain!
Erica and Ginny walking the cows back to pasture in the rain.
Dr. Dean Christenson and Katelyn, ultrasounding.
After we sort the bull calves from the heifer calves we work the bull calves first. We give each bull a breeder tattoo in their right ear and their ID number tattoo in their left ear. This bull would have our breeder code RAB in their right ear along with his ID in his left C290.
While he's getting his tattoos we gave him a dose of 7-way vaccine, a Pasturella vaccine and Bovi-Shield Gold. We gave both the bulls and the heifers all of these vaccines. After the vets were finished ultrasounding they came to ranch headquarters and gave the heifer calves their Brucellosis, Bang's vaccine, and the Bang's vaccine tattoo.
Katelyn putting both the breeder tattoo and the bangs tattoo in the heifer's right ear. Craig Howard is putting in the heifers individual ID number.
Craig and Anastasia keeping track of the numbers and resetting the tattoo for the next calf in line.
Alyssa poured each cow and calf with fly control as they came up the alley and helped keep the calves moving into the chute. Lindsey worked the alley while Jared kept the back tub full.
The calves are done being worked and ready to go back out to pasture until weaning day!