The day began soooo well. Lots of neighbors came by to help, the weather was good, only about 60 animals to run through the chutes... And we know some folks who don't even call it a work day unless the animals number in the hundreds! Of course, our way gives lots of individual attention to each cow or calf. Sometimes, they seemed to appreciate our efforts, like this beautiful hereford.
Others seemed to really object to our attempts at preventive health care and kind words and encouragement.
The calves especially enjoyed watching Tj direct her workers.
When individual attention wasn't enough, our compassionate crew would administer hugs.
There may have been times when the tickling got out of hand.
And then there are some who just will not relax and trust the doctor.
I did say that we ran them through the chute, right? Well a few ran through without stopping for their "treat". Those got REAL individual attention.
One on one!
Or, two for one!
Okay, lets try it with three.
(just brand the calf, please)
Different calf, different three, same rules.
And then, since things weren't chaotic enough, Eric the bold and his sidekick Pete decided to switch species and work the pigs too.
The nose rings are not just fashion statements, they allow the pigs to have free run of the ranch without destroying the prairies and streams.
Back to the "losing your ass if you're not careful..."
Like agent Maxwell Smart used to say "missed me by thaaat much!"
When the day was done, the animals were all fine, and we went out for mexican food at our favorite local restaurant. Alls well that ends well.