What a week! We've had two large storm systems come through to drop nearly 4inches of rain! This July/August has been so wet it has us gearing up for a THIRD cutting, which is almost unheard of in this country! Also this week we preconditioned all of our spring calves and pregnancy ultrasounded our spring cows.
Preconditioning is when we run all of the calves through the chute adn work them pre-weaning in an attempt to make weaning less stressful on the calves. This year at pre-conditioning we gave them their vaccinations, tattooed them, took a weight to see how they're growing, and collected a DNA sample. We try to work the calves through the chute as little as possible which means getting a lot done when we do work them!
The first step in preconditioning is to seperate the cows from the calves, and then to seperate the bulls from the heifers. We work the bull calves to get them done before the vet arrives to work the heifer calves, which all recieve their vet administed Bangs vaccination, and cows.
We work all of the calves through the tub and alley and into the chute. While one calf is being worked in the chute Harley read off the next eartag number to Craig who set the tattoo gun and Peggy who entered the eartag number into the computer with the corresponding scanned DNA collection device. They also recorded the calf's weight. Getting the right number is one of the most critical jobs of the day! As you can imagine, a wrong number can create a whole lot of problems down the road!
Jason, along with Rod's grandson's and Harley ran the tub/alley.
Although she was just visiting Jason, Harley dove in and helped all week. She took on the role of tub/alley boss and had kept everyone on track!
Craig keeping all of tattoo guns set and keeping track of the calves on paper as they come through the chute.
Each of the DNA collecters have a code that you scan into the computer and enter the corresponding calf ID number. Peggy kept all of the DNA samples straight and Dillon took the samples and ran the chute.
After Craig Bieber set all of the tattoo guns with the correct calf and breeder ID he passed them onto Craig Howard who tattooed along with our vet. Dr. Brian also tattooed the Bang's code into the heifers ear which signifies she was vaccinated.
Rod and Mandy from the Ashley Vet Clinic gave all of our vaccinations this year. All of the calves got a dose of Ultrabac (a 7way vaccine), Pulmo-Guard PHM-1, and Multi-Min (an injectable vitamin/mineral supplement). The heifers also got doses of Bovi-Shield Gold FP5 L5 HB and their Bang's vaccine, while the bulls recieved a dose of Bovi-Shield Gold 5.