We also told them that the first to arrive got a free meal and complimentary ear rings. They came running. It was almost like a Black Friday, and I did see a few of the ladies get shoved out of the way. For shame.
Once in the waiting room/corrals munching on hay, we set up the needed supplies. Patient chart, check.
Complimentary ear rings, check. Copper and Selenium pills, check.
Vaccinations on ice, check. Fresh needles, check.
Here is one of the gals getting her minerals. The doctor has a special way of asking nicely for them to open their mouth. Most of them oblige. He told me his secret. He first touches them on the face and then slumps his shoulders to put them at ease. He then inserts his finger in the opening between their teeth on the side of their mouth and quickly inserts the device when their mouths open. One quick squeeze and the big pills slide down their throats. The boluses get done first, because a few of the gals try to spit them out. If they spit them out, the doctor puts them back in. They need their vitamins, don't ya know.
Here he is giving a calf it's first vaccinations and a tetanus because the calf is a bull who will soon be a steer.
Instead of cutting the testicles out, the little bull is banded with a special rubber band. This cuts the circulation off to the testicles and the whole thing eventually just dries up and falls off.
Lastly the cows and this year's calves get a pour on wormer. We don't use insecticides on the long yearlings that will be slaughtered this summer.
We did have medical assistants, but they were a bit camera shy.
They also treated us to some entertainment and undressed quite a few sheep.
Doesn't she look nice, she's all cleaned up and doesn't know where to go. Well, her kids were calling so she decided to forgo the outing and hurried back into her home.
If she had come to our free clinic she could have gotten complimentary earrings to go with her new outfit.
(We have two free clinics on two different days. One in the front of the ranch and one on the backside. It saves the ladies a long walk and makes it easier on the medical personnel).