We are teaching them that food is now found it the bunk and not under the cow or on the pasture ground. I don't just put the distillers in the bunk and head back to the house. The first few days I will put the distillers in the bunk and then walk behind all of the calves in the pen and nudge them in the direction of the bunk. Letting their herd instinct and curiosity get them the rest of the way to the bunk to see what their more eager friends have already figured out. With in a day or 2 they all have it figured out and impatiently meet me at the bunk ready to eat. A few nights ago we let the last bunch of calves out with the rest so all of them are getting reacquainted again it has been a few months since they might have seen a friend that went to a different pasture. We will move them to the big pen over the weekend or first part of next week and then get them switched to a different feed ration. They will stay as 1 group for a few more weeks until we re-vaccinate them again. After we give them their 2nd round of weaning shots we will sort them by size into 2 groups. They will stay in these groups till the replacement heifers are chosen and the big steers are shipped to the feedlot in December.
|Couple of calves eating on the mineral tubs.|
Sunday when much smoother with the last group. There are few old cows in that group that still haven't figured out the my horse has cat like reflexes and they can not get by him. Even if the did get by him, his secret weapon is the ACME rockets that he isn't afraid of using. But weaning went smooth and with in 3 hrs we were gathered, sorted, and had all the calves and 2 bulls loaded. Weaning is now over and we are onto the next big task of harvesting corn and getting things ready for winter. The best part is our calves averaged 48 lbs heavier than a year ago!!!
|The last 3 loads of calves, bulls, and horses headed for home!!|