Last week was preconditioning time at Bieber Red Angus! The team brought all of our Spring calves home from pasture for tattoos, DNA samples, and a vaccine regiment. Preconditioning is an improtant process at the ranch as it helps get our calves prepared for weaning and the upcoming winter months.
In the video, Craig walks through our preconditioning process step by step.
First, Rachel gives the calf two shots – one with a modified live vaccine and one with a seven way vaccine.
Next, Dillon takes a DNA sample from the ear of the calf, which Peggy then bags so she can send the sample in for parentage testing. We parentage test all of our calves to ensure that the data in their EPDs and pedigree is accurate.
Craig cleans the calf’s ears in preparation for the tattoos while Dillon gives the Pasteurella vaccine. They ink both ears before putting the breeder tattoo in the right ear and the animal ID tattoo in the left ear.
Finally, Dillon puts the EID tag in the left ear. This helps us identify calves who may have lost an ear tag, and is required when the animals cross over state lines.