First we catch the calves and sort them off their mamas. Not all of our cows are in one pasture so most we had to catch, sort, load then haul to the main holding pen.
Here they are (plus a bull) headed to the pen to be worked.
Justin unloading the calves.
Trying to figure out where the heck they are.
Some more calves...
and some more. It's hard to tell from this picture but this catch pen has different lanes that help sort the cattle.
Their moms do not like this process and usually holler for them. They are fine in a few days.
Some moms won't give up and try their hardest to find their baby!
This is one bad dude. He may not look it but he will sneak up on you in a heart beat. He is a Chiangus (Chianina/Angus) bull. 2 years ago we were in a bit of a pinch and had to get him but after 2 years of closely watching our backs, it's his time to go!
3 generations doing some "figuring"
This is probably where Papaw is telling them, "Now don't you let Jordan get too hot or make her work too hard!" Haha he is always watching out for me
Here Justin is filling up one of the MANY feeders for all these calves. We have close to 300 calves sorted out and they eat... A LOT. Week nights from June - August consist of filling up feeders.
Here are some babies 2 weeks after they were weaned/worked.
I just think she's pretty :)
As smoothly as we try to make things go, something always comes up. This was a Friday afternoon. These cows thought they could fit through the creep feeder bars. Justin has the line attached to his truck wench to get them out. He attached it to one of the bars and stretched it enough to free each cow one at a time.
This weekend ALL the calves will get their second round of vaccinations. After that Justin and I are off to the lake for our 2 year anniversary/babymoon celebration.
After the kind of week it's been, I will be relaxing with a few of these!