Thursday, September 13, 2012
What's Up, Doc?
On Tuesday, Dr. Dayul Dick came to the County Line to preg-check 39 cows we brought home from the Rattlesnake Creek pasture. Through a manual exam, Dr. Dick estimated the gestation of eacg fetus. He found four open cows (not pregnant), and Randy hauled those cattle to Pratt, where they'll go through the sale ring today.
While each cow was in the squeeze chute, Dr. Dick also gave several shots.
An insulated cooler held the syringes filled with the vaccinations.
We'll repeat this process with cows we bring home from other locations, like the Ninnescah Pasture.
Last week, the cows' babies born last February went to the sale barn. Though we usually keep the calves through the winter and feed them along with their moms, this is the second year we've sold them in the fall. Two years of drought conditions have changed standard operating procedure around here.
OB/GYN appointments may not be any female's favorite doctor visit. But they provide an important management tool on the County Line.