Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Each year at weaning time the new calves must be disbudded, castrated, dewormed, branded and tattooed! Each animal at Tchincombe gets a number. It's quite the rodeo! Enjoy!
Calves waiting in calf pen for their turn! Once they are done they can get to their mom for their breakfast!
Catching the Calf
Holding the calf
Cleaning the ear with alcohol
Tutyiale - foremen for livestock
Applying Tattoo Ink
Dewormer so calves can grow healthy without internal parasites. Meghan likes to help. Sometimes it's a messy job!
Disbudding. So the calf won't grow horns. Safer for everyone!
All done! Finally the calf can get to its Mom! This particular calf is too young to wean - it was born at end of season and will be weaned next year.