Mother said "Praise the Lord for this gorgeous weather" at least 6 times while working calves this morning. :) Yes, it was that lovely out! Just the perfect day. We agreed that it was even nicer than when we worked our calves in November!
My family and I got up on time this morning, did our chores, then drove apprx. 60 miles to our friends' place. After getting a tour of their house from Mrs. K. while Mr. K. fed cows, we all headed out to get set-up for some ACTION!
I realize now that we failed to get pictures of/with Mrs. K., as she was in the house preparing our food most of the time. This is the one and only one that I have with her on... (She's a great cook, by the way!)
Heading out of the house with Mr. K.....
He had a couple barrels handy to set supplies on:
They really have a very nice set-up for working cattle! It was nice to work with such sturdy and organized equipment. :) Hopefully we'll get our own dream corralling built one of these years....
Andrew was the head-gate operator again and did a GREAT job, only letting one of the very first ones escape (when he didn't have the technique of the new head-gate mastered yet.) We were able to get that one back in a pen and worked him later.... Andrew also gave the shot later in the day.
Jacob helped bring the calves along the runway...
Dad offered to do the banding and nobody fought him for the "Privilege". Mr. K. showed us another technique to do while banding, so we'll probably use that in the future. Dad also did a lot of the "Pouring" (putting on a liquid designed to kill any and all lice). Oh, and he knocked off the 4 sets of horns that were found throughout the day.
Mother had the job of giving the Tetanus (vaccine) shot and doing misc. jobs in the morning (she stayed inside in the afternoon to help Diane with cooking and visiting. :) )
Jacob kept the bander filled and handed Dad the knife when needed.
My job was holding the calves' tail so Dad didn't get smacked in the face. Then, I opened the bottom part of the shoot and trimmed the underside of the bulls with a scissor so they'd look nicer when they get sold. I figure I gave 70+ haircuts today---Mr. K. doing the first ones 'til I knew how. :)
Mr. K. kept the calves coming up the alley-way. I think I told you last night how he isn't able to do a lot of bending currently on account of being run over by a (large) calf recently and having sore ribs consequently...
Here are some of the steers, taking it easy...
After we were finished with making the bulls into steers, we ran all the heifers through and "Poured" them also. That was after lunch. By the time everything was done, it was getting close to being dark outside. We went in for more food (supper), visited; did dishes; then Mom played piano and Mrs. K. played organ while some of the rest of us sang hymns and the others visited. We left there about 6:30 to head home and take care of our own animals.
It felt good to help our friends. They insisted on paying us something for our assistance though, so we figure we'll use the money to help pay for going to the family camp this weekend..... :)
Yes, it was a good day (and nobody got hurt too bad---just Dad cut his finger with the sharp knife when he was just getting started. As Mrs. K. is a nurse, she bandaged him up good!).