We've had a few much needed rainy days here at the ranch. Unfortunately one of those days was our spring branding day. Although it was a little damp we got the work done and had fun doing it!
We worked about 400 pairs on April 16th. We ran all of the cows through the chute and gave them their breeding vaccinations in preparation for the upcoming AI season.
Each cow recieved a dose of Cattle Master Gold and Leptospira vaccine along with a dose of MultiMin, an injectable mineral/vitamin supplement. We believe the MultiMin improves vaccine efficacy and gives the cows the support they need to produce healthy follicles.
After sorting the cows from the calves we work all of the cows through the Wilson/OK Corrals and through the double alley and chute.
After all the cows are through the chute we start working the calves. We gave each calf a dose of a 7-way Clostridial vaccine and BoviShield Gold. Each calf also recieved a dose of MultiMin.
Frankie sporting the vaccine holsters!
Craig keeping all the vaccine straight and the syringes full.
Frankie and Rod making sure that each calf recieves their shots!
Each calf also got their RAB brand!
The brand location is shaves so the branding iron can make good contact with the calf's hide. Seth ran the clippers all day and sang country music at the branding afterparty!
We then put alcohol on the brand location to help the branding iron stick and make a nice brand. Each brand is left on for 23 seconds.
Kristin and Patty the alcohol and timer ladies.
Craig Howard and Eric were running the branding irons.
Peggy kept track of each cow and calf that was worked!
Ron and Martin watched the gate. They made sure the calves stayed in all while staying out of the ropers/horse's way!
Here are more pictures of everyone who came out on a dreary day to help us get the cattle worked. We appreciate each and every one of you!
The brother/sister branding team.
We have one last branding for 2016 coming up in June!