Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Doctoring cattle.



 
'Tis the season.
 
For doctoring cattle that is.
 



Most of the cows at Double M are turned out onto fields of grass now, and are grazing away. 
 
In the late fall/winter, we feed hay to the cattle and the person who is driving (not feeding) is in charge of checking health on the cattle.  Since the cows are turned out now, the guys go through the cattle periodically to check health.  Basically, they either drive through the herd in a pickup, or usually end up riding through on a horse and checking health.
 
I'd bet a diet coke that horseback is their desired method of transportation.
 
If a cow or calf has to be doctored, the guys will decide if they're close enough to a working facility (chute & alley) to bring them in and doctor - or if not, then they'll rope them in the field and doctor them there.  Roping can be a "one man job", but it's easier with two people - one to rope the calf, and one to flank it.
 
Right now they're mostly treating calves for pinkeye or pneumonia, so most calves get a shot of Nuflor (or Resflor) and an eye patch if needed.  The guys try to catch health issues early, not only because it's more economical but because they care for the cattle and don't want to see anything suffer.




Checking health and doctoring - well, it's just a part of the job!

The cattle take care of us - so we take care of them.

Success is reason enough.

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