Further assist welcome on branding day

Proper this very minute down on the farm we’re on the point of calve!

That is the time of yr I watch for. Not solely does spring come, however we get child calves! For me calving season is my harvest. We wait all yr lengthy to see if our bulls have been efficient, and sometimes we get proof of how efficient. We all know when my Charolais bull, Sir Isaac, is efficient as a result of we get different colours on the calves.

There’s a lot to do on our farm to prepare yearly. We’ve got chosen our alternative heifers (you may keep in mind hubby waited till I used to be in Puerto Rico for that undertaking). The subsequent factor on the checklist is to get the heifers freeze branded. We’ve got been doing freeze branding on our heifers for the final three years and have been very proud of the outcomes. We’d lose an ear tag right here or there and the freeze model has been very useful in getting the right tag again within the cow.

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Ryan and Christian watch for the following group of cows to come back in for freeze branding.

This yr we had an amazing quantity of assist by some very gung-ho younger males. I’ve determined our grandson Christian might have learn “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” method too typically. He introduced out 4 mates to assist us freeze model and transfer teams from one place to a different. They every picked a nook of the street and headed the cows dwelling. A few the blokes didn’t have a variety of cattle expertise however have been greater than prepared to provide it a shot. Just a few of them even took a flip at freeze branding.

Persons are additionally studying…

I like the truth that these younger males (all teen age boys) are prepared to come back out and work for lunch and supper. This group – Ryan, Charles, Andrew, Tristan and Christian (our grandson) – are a number of the politest younger males I really feel blessed to be round. Youngsters get a nasty rap a number of the time however total those I work with, both on the county honest or on our farm, have all been actually incredible children.

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Grandson Christian’s posse got here to assist with freeze branding. Pictured is Tristan, left, Charles, Ryan, Andrew and Christian.

This final weekend we had to usher in all of the cows and final yr’s alternative heifers to get them vaccinated and able to begin calving within the subsequent few weeks. It’s an all-day job, and getting all people the photographs is simply a part of the problem.

This yr our cows have determined that the direct path from throughout the street to pasture south of our home must be a extra circuitous route via the tree line and alfalfa fields. Getting them to the home previously had been a two-man job, however now it took 4 individuals, 4 vehicles and a truck and inventory trailer to get rid of the choice of a free-for-all run throughout the fields.

I’m on the point of head out to Jacksonville, Florida, for a few week for my final occasion with American Farm Bureau. It has been a busy couple years, however I actually need to have the ability to be dwelling extra. I’ve met some incredible individuals from throughout this nation whom I hope I can keep involved with and be a useful resource as wanted. Farm Bureau has let me develop in so many alternative areas of my life and I’ll all the time be glad about the alternatives however proper now Nebraska is caught with me.

Paula Peterson and her husband increase crops and cows close to Waverly, Nebraska. She likes to share her love of agriculture with individuals from all walks of life, and he or she is lively with a number of agriculture organizations. She may be reached at [email protected].