Monday, November 15, 2010

Veterinarian Makes A Cattle Call

The cattle have been brought to corn ground close to home. We like to keep them nearby this time of year. The weather can turn wintery in November. Plus, the hunters are no longer shooting at geese in the sky. It's deer season. Cattleman Jim decided it is time to "work" the calves. This will 
require an area veterinarian to make a trip to GriggsDakota.
 Cattleman Jim has rounded up the calves and has them in a holding pen. He will send them through one by one.
 The Vet arrives in the morning and brings his equipment including a high tech trailer that makes his work go smoothly. The trailer is a portable chute and scale with lots of bells and whistles. 
 The trailer weighs and holds each calf still, just in case they don't appreciate the work process. There is a real shortage of veterinarians and veterinary technicians that want to work with livestock. Automated equipment has made the work much safer and more pleasant for man (or woman) and beast.
If you are a smart young person who loves farm animals and horses, be sure to look into a career as a veterinarian or veterinary technician. We need you in the industry.
The trailer is powered by a generator that is set up near by.
 The back of the pick up truck is stocked with supplies and the pail is filled with disinfectant where equipment is rinsed between uses.  The veterinary technician today is the son of the vet. Eighteen and single, ladies.
The trailer is equipped with a scale and each calf's weight will be recorded.
 Cattleman Jim, the single and looking Vet Tech, and the Veterinarian agree that everything is ready to go.
The head gate closes as the calf steps through after being weighed.
 The automated trailer speeds things along as vet and tech cooperate smoothly. The calves are done before they know what happened.
 The chute holds the body of the calf still and the Vet can reach in and work the back end of the calf without fear of retribution.
 Or quickly step to the front and work on a nearly still head and neck. 
 "I want my Moo-ma!"
 The cows are in a pen behind the barn and are unconcerned. As long as Moo-ma can see and hear her calf, she does not get excited. Just like mothers everywhere, they are immune to whining.
 The calves come through the process with few complaints. Our nice weather will speed healing. They will soon forget their temporary discomfort. 
 Remember last July when I explained our strategy in raising calves that could be certified as either Angus or Hereford in the post
Revisit the link above to learn our strategy on feeder calves.
The season is changing. It's time for these calves to grow up. Their Mommas are already carrying calves that will be born next Spring. And a special thank you to the area Veterinarian and his handsome and still single Vet Tech for making a Cattle Call to GriggsDakota.

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