We are selling some of the calves later this week, so this evening Alan and I had a little rodeo in the barnyard. I only snapped a few photos -- there's not a lot of time for taking photos when I'm doing half of the work and need to be focused on operating the chute while Alan's moving the cows. We try to make the process safe, quick, and easy on the animals, and us. It was their first time in the chute, but they all did surprisingly well.
When it was Cassinova's turn in the chute, he pouted. Our chute is sized for full-sized animals, and well... even our adult Dexters don't fill the chute. When we're working with the smaller critters, we find it works best if we steady their heads with a rope wrapped around their horns. It keeps them up on their feet, and keeps them from bonking their head around on the chute rails.
Here is Cassinova just before I gave him his vaccination shot. Doesn't he look thrilled? They all took their shots really well, especially Cassinova. He didn't make a sound, and not a single tear was shed -- not even by me! *grin*
Here Alan is getting ready to set one of Cassinova's ear tags. Alan looks closely at the ear to make sure he doesn't hit a blood vessel when he clamps the tag into place. He's very good at setting ear tags .... piercings, anyone?
Pixie Stix wasn't too thrilled about the entire process. But now she's all ready to go to her new home. Moooo!