Yesterday we shipped calves. All this means, is they are now at a sale barn to be sold. We are a commercial cow/calf operation which means we aren’t set up to “finish” large quantities of cattle.
Each Fall we sell the calves that are born that Spring. We also hold back “replacement” heifers so that when we preg test later in the year the older cows that are poor doing or that are “open” (not bred), can be sold. Those sold have a “replacement” – a younger cow, often one or more of their daughters to take their place.
We ran out of daylight, and room on the trucks yesterday, so today will once again be busy. The sale is Friday and we need to get the 35 remaining heifers to town this morning so they can be sorted and go to eating.
The replacement heifers and bulls we kept will be weaned today also. We use nose rings to wean the calves.
The day started out with a gorgeous sunrise that I couldn’t capture perfectly, and a little rainstorm that brought on a massive double rainbow.
When we started sorting yesterday we all got soaked as it was raining. But by the afternoon when we headed out to gather our big herd of cows, the sun was out and it warmed up and turned beautiful.
I tried to get a group photo of the crew. They didn’t cooperate.
However, Avie did! From his back I got some beautiful photos of the cows being gathered. I had originally planed to pack my good camera, but the rain that morning made me change my mind because it was a muddy mess in the pasture.