For fall shots…fa la la la la, la la de dah!
Yes, it’s fall shot season here on our ranch and neighboring outfits. We have yet to give our fall shots, and have to make it to one more ranch to help them. Seems like that’s all we’ve done this month, once to three times a week, is help neighbors gather cattle; then we sort.
When we sort it is often done one of two ways (there are others)… But if you want to “pour” the cows then they are sorted off and worked separate from the calves. “Pouring” is the term used if you’re going to put fly spray or wormer on their backs. It works systemically through their skin. In the fall, most cows aren’t given shots- they get their shots at brandings, usually when they are treated for of all things, STDs.
Some people don’t pour their cows during fall shots. If they don’t get poured, we’re able to sort them out and then you’re left with the calves. The calves are always poured, are given a couple or three shots, and if needed, de-horned.