Monday, April 13, 2015

Branding 2015

A big thanks to our crew this year - Larry, Rob, Jan, Joey, Kira, Kathy and Melanie.

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Starting the day off with sorting.

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Herding calves - more difficult than one would think.

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"Monocle" and "Dusky" get into a scuffle.

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All penned up.

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This little calf was born yesterday. She laid down and slept the whole time until it was her turn.

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Stoking the fires.

Hanging out.

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Some new fancy jewelry.

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Joey's having a great time!

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The band.

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The brand.

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Family reunion. The twins meet up with mama "Black White Tail" who is standing next to her mama, "Red White Tail" and her calf.

 Off to pasture and time for a lunch break for the crew.

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Time for round two at the barn. We have nine calves of first time heifers at the barn. In lieu of walking the small herd over to the hayshed to meet up with the main branding, we opt to keep them at the barn and do a smaller branding at the house. We haven't done this before but it sounded easier...

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How many guys does it take to keep a 100-120lb calf still enough to be able to safely work on it?

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Apparently all of them :)

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Or just Larry who here demonstrates how he snuggles the calf to the ground.

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 And the mad scramble to secure the calf's legs before it beats the tar out of Larry.

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 A quick vaccine.

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And the final brand.

Thanks again to all that chipped in to help. While we did finally find a good groove about calf 8 or 9 at the house, next year we'll just take that walk to the haysheds. We're not cowboy enough for this rodeo thing at the barn :)

Thanks much to Kira for taking photos of the day's events.


Friday, April 3, 2015

Very early for the cactus this year

Usually an April/May bloomer, cactus kingdom is lit up with flames of pink


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