My day got off to a great start with some 6:00 pen moves where I got to watch the sunrise and drive the light trailer around. That thing is kinda fun to set up and drive around the yard. Guess it's just being in the spot light that gets me going. haha. I was setting gates in the alley and checking a few text messages before the moves (note it's still pitch black at this point) and walked smack into a gate. See more people are injured every year from 'Texting and Walking' than....well we'll just leave it at that. After that I walked through my new cattle and caught up on a little paper work.
I put out some aureomycin crumbles to the calves and set out on the water truck. The Mack and I are getting along better. You'll have to watch my Twitter page (@AR_ranchhand) for my updates and rants about fighting with that thing. I replaced the old stock tank I showed you yesterday. It was about time we got rid of the Holy tanks. The wind was blowing terribly hard this morning. So much that when I went to turn over one of the big stock tanks, it was all I had in me just to keep the thing blowing back on top of me. Try pushing a brick wall and you'll know what I'm talking about.
|This is the ole Mack truck. I have to fill him up with water from the storage tank and bring water to the pens where calves need extra water to help with adjusting to automatic water troughs.|
I helped to weigh our fat cattle shipment today. There is a lot of pressure to get accurate counts and double and triple check all of the withdrawal dates for our shipments. A calf with a medicine withdrawal will NEVER leave the yard. That is NEVER under any circumstances. We take that stuff pretty seriously around our yard. Every vaccine, medication, antibiotic, antimicrobial, supplement or whatever used in cattle has a researched number of days that is proven for the substance to be metabolized and out of the animals blood, endocrine, or whatever system it may be. So that pretty much takes care of all of the myths about meat being full of drugs and chemicals, because that just doesn't happen. We spend a lot of time, effort and money to make sure it doesn't.
|A view from inside the scale house. The cowboys had a time fighting the wind. It's like watching a cartoon where someone walks against the wind and goes no where.|
Well tomorrow is my day off work this week. Time to clean up a few things, run some errands in town, visit the Farm Bureau office, and take a nap. Maybe I'll watch the Temple Grandin film again. Hope you had a great day!