Spaying Heifers

First off, what is spaying?  Spaying is when the vet takes the ovaries out of the cow (when you do this, the heifer won’t be able to become pregnant).  Why do we do this?

Well, I will explain.  The heifers we are spaying are lighter weight heifers we purchase and graze all summer and will sell to a feedlot this fall.  So, the reasons why we spay them:

  1. The heifers will be guaranteed not to be pregnant when they get to the feedlot.
  2. They can be up in the mountains with the  bulls and we don’t have to worry about them getting pregnant.
  3.  It’s basically making a heifer the same as a steer.
  4. There is less riding of the animals on each other because they are not going through their heat cycles.  This helps with weight gain and less bruising of meat during the feedlot stage.
  5. There is economic advantages.  Heifers have a larger price spread  when we purchase them as calves compared to a steer, but in the fall there is a closer price spread when we sell them.

 

I took some pictures of the vet doing the procedure so you can hopefully get the main idea of how the procedure is done.  The pictures aren’t all the best, but hopefully they will work.

All of us have a job.

I gave one of the four shots.  My vaccination was to help prevent foot rot.  What is foot rot?  Click here to find out more.

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Dad gave another shot.  It was for tetanus.  Click here for more information about tetanus.  He also put a tag in the heifers’ ears to show that they were spayed.

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This is what the spay tag applicator looks like.  You can kind of see the medal tag in the applicator.  Sorry, there wasn’t a picture of the tag on the cow so you could see what it looks like.  I didn’t even think of doing it.

Jacelyn kept the the applicator filled with a tag between heifers.

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She also is a very good artist, so was drawing in between heifers.  The really good drawings are hers, and the bad ones…well…those are mine.  I’m not that good of an artist.

Grandpa gave two shots…Penicillin to help against any infection after the procedure and the other was for all sorts of respiratory diseases.

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Colton and Deacon kept cows coming into the lead-up alley.

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The vet did the procedure and he also had a helper passing all the tools he needed to him.

WARNING: Blurry pictures, but hopefully they will work for you to be able to get the idea.

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The vet first cleaned the heifer.

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Than he uses the tool to take the ovaries out.

This is what the tool looks like.

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Now, let’s go from the spaying to just plain old fun pics!

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We always have to have our pop!  I don’t think Colton would make it through the day in the corral without his Mtn Dew.  🙂

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Tierra took this picture.  I thought it was a really nice pic!

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Tierra and Jill.

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We kind of had a little too much fun with this heifer.  She had lots of hair on her top knot, so dad stuck it up, and I took some cow chalk and gave her some highlights. 🙂

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Jacelyn, Jill, and me.  (Jill is Jacelyn’s mom).

Thanks for reading. 🙂

 

 

Missionary Quotes

Here are some quotes that I found browsing the internet.  These ones that I posted here are the ones I thought where the best!  Enjoy!

We’ll start with the great author that most of you probably know about.

  C.S. Lewis

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                                                             Jim Elliot

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Elizabeth Elliot

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George Muller

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And we’ll end on a quote that I thought was amazing!

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Q&A Time! My Answers

Hey guys!  Today I’m going to answer the questions I got from people on my post called Q&A Time!!

Thank you to everybody who asked questions!  You all asked great questions!

So here they are:

My Crazy Ash Life asked: How long do you see yourself continuing blogging?

Answer:  Thanks for the question!  I couldn’t tell you an exact date as to when I will stop blogging, but I can tell you that I will do it as long as I enjoy writing for this blog and of course as long as I have readers who enjoy reading it.  It makes writing blog posts double the fun when I know people are reading what I write, learning, and enjoying it! 

Tenx 2014 asked: When you are going on a long ride moving cows in the mountains, is it hard for you to get up in the morning? And what’s the earliest you have got up to move cows?

Answer to question 1:  In regards to your first question, I have to admit that I’m not always the most excited every time to get up.  It depends a lot on the weather outside.  If it’s cold or wet out, it’s pretty hard to make myself climb out from under the warm covers.  But, I can safely say that most of the time, I’m super ready to get up and go!  Going riding in the mountains is one of my highlights of the summer!

Answer to question 2: I think about the earliest I have gotten up to go riding is about 2:30 or 3:oo am.  In the summer, our average time to get up is about 4:00 am.  This would give us enough time to get up, saddle our horses, and head up to wherever we are riding in time for light to dawn.  The average time it takes to get from our barn up to where we are riding is about an hour and a half.

Reader FYI: I just thought everybody should know that Tenx 2014 is actually our good friend, George (sorry, George, your real name has been revealed!).  He also rides with dad and grandpa through the summer and fall up in the mountains.  

gilian asked:  I want to ask if you still go to the city, or if you miss city life?

Answer: The answer to the the first part of your question is, “yes.”  We do end up in the city about once or twice a month.

Do I miss city life?  No, not really.  I enjoy going there every once and a while, but I very much prefer to live where I’m at, where there’s hardly any traffic and no stoplights.  After a day of shopping or whatever we are doing, I’m usually very ready to come back home from the city.

Olivia asked:  How long have you been blogging?  Favorite blog (other than your own)?  Favorite You Tuber?  Do you like the Coast/ Seaside?

Answers:  How long have I been blogging?  I started blogging at the end of this last summer,  in August.  

Favorite blog?  I actually have two favorites if that’s okay.  They are the blogs of my two friends.  Blog On Paper, Riding For Jesus.

Favorite You Tuber?  I honestly don’t have a good answer for that question.  I don’t just have a You Tuber that I like to watch.  I go to You Tube when I want to learn something about a certain subject.  

Do I like the Coast/Seaside?  I really enjoy going swimming in the ocean!  We’ve had the opportunity to snorkel too, and that was LOTS of fun!

K.A. asked: Do you get to know a lot of bloggers that live on a ranch like you, and owns lots of horses? 

How old is Dunny?

Have you ever owned your very own horse since birth?

Answer: In answer to your first question, no not really.  I don’t do a whole lot of looking around on different blogs, and it actually surprised me that there weren’t more Ag based websites.

Dunny is….7 or 8.

Have I ever owned my own horse from birth?  No, I haven’t.  The ranch has raised some foals though.  Dad’s mare, Sammy, actually had a colt about a month ago.  And come to think of it, Sammy was raised on this ranch.  But in all honesty, there is hardly any foals born here anymore.  Lots of times, Dad will buy a three of four year old horse and train through the fall and winter, though.

Well, that’s all the questions.  I hope I was able to answer them well enough for you guys.  Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Snowing!!

Hey everybody!  It started snowing yesterday afternoon, and today when I woke up it was still snowing a little bit.  It’s a real heavy and wet, wet, wet snow.  Here are some pictures I took!




This picture was taken up by the shop.  Just to the right is the barn.


And this is on the other side of the barn.




That’s what it looks like at our place right now. 🙂

What’s your weather like?

Thanks for taking a look!  Have a great day!

Britt

 

Sorting Pairs

Hey everybody!  Sorry that this post is coming out a little late, but here it is!

Today I’m going to talk about sorting pairs.  The calving pasture can get pretty full of calves, so in the heat of calving we have to sort out pairs about every three to four days.

What is sorting pairs?  (Pairs- a cow and her calf make a complete pair).

Sorting pairs is basically just when we take all the cows and sort out the cow and calf pairs.  We let these pairs into another field.  This way, the calving pasture can just stay cleaned out, making it easier for the night calver to keep track of cows still needing to calve, and Grandpa, who tags the new calves everyday.

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When we get a bunch of cows into the pen, dad will sort out the pairs from the rest of the cows.

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Grandpa runs the gate (you can see it in the background), letting only the pairs out.

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Tierra and Jacelyn enjoying themselves!

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Chasing cows.

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Bringing cows to the pen.

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Jacelyn took this picture, and I thought it was really cool!

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Colton chasing cows

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Blaze enjoying the day, as always!

Thanks for taking a look!  Have a great day!

Britt