Over the last week we have gotten a few groups of ET calves back to the ranch from our cooperators. We have donor cows flushed here at the ranch year round and each spring we implant embryos into our cooperators cows. These cows raise the ET calves and come weaning we bring the ET calves back to the ranch.
When they get to ranch headquarters we work them through the chute and give theim their wenaing vaccinations including Bovi-Shield Gold, Somubac and a wart vaccine. We then re-tag the calves with our yellow tag and tattoo them with our RAB breeder ID and the calves new tag number.
Craig referencing the ET records to find each calf's new tag number and resetting the tattoo press accordingly.
Lindley retagging each calf.
Craig Howard and Dillon tattooing the RAB breeder code in the calf's right ear and their individual ID number in the left.
We also took a DNA tissue sample for parentage and 50K testing.
Peggy scans each DNA collection vial into the computer then enters each ET calf's new tag number along with their weaning weight. Lindley then used the vial to collect a small tissue sample from each calf's ear.
During weaning we had three Kansas State Masters students here at the ranch. They are working with Dr. Weaber and the Red Angus Association to create and EPD for feet and leg structure. After we worked each calf they used a scoring program on tablets and video to score several feet and leg traits of all of our weaned calves and all of the spring cows.
We are excited to see the results of their project and enjoyed having them at the ranch!