One week ago today, I spent the first morning of the new year at the White Corrals.
And the sunrise there didn't disappoint....
The feed trucks have been delivering feed to the heifers at the White Corrals early in the mornings.
This is where the ranch keeps their replacement heifers (both spring and fall calves) and also their weaned spring heifers that will be sold later on this year.
Clint's in charge of maintaining the health of these heifers, so while the guys were loading trucks early on New Year's morning I was down checking on heifers.
The guys normally ride the pens horseback and pull cattle as they find them to take to the chute for doctoring. But since I don't ride, I got down there right after the feed truck had made their first pass. (The heifers will get feed delivered to them twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.) The majority of the heifers will come to the bunk when the feed is first delivered which makes them easy to look at. Also, anything that isn't at the bunk probably doesn't feel good and needs some attention.
This is where my camera comes in handy.
Can you spot the snotty noses and down heads?
My camera is handy here, because I can take a picture of a sick heifer, zoom in on my screen and read her ear tag and then give the guys a list of heifers by pen that need to be pulled and doctored.
I can also usually zoom in enough to take a picture of each of the water troughs and see if they are frozen over or open for the cattle to get to fresh water.
It might seem lazy, but I guess I see it as efficient. I can drive down the feed alley and within fifteen minutes on that morning I'd evaluated all of the cattle in four pens and made a list of what needed doctoring.
And I had a few pictures for this blog post. Win, win! :)
|This heifer was feeling good - and she wasn't afraid of my camera either!|
I was thankful that on the first day of 2015, the majority of the heifers looked good.
Many of the weaned spring calves were actually in heat, which is a good sign since they're not quite a year old. But there were a couple that needed doctoring, and the guys took care of those after we'd fed hay.
I don't know how old the White Corrals are, but I do know this;
They serve their purpose well.
Mike & Patsy have put a lot of work into the bunks and pipe around the White Corrals, with more planned and they continue to be an investment that is used often here at Double M.