Shipping for the year has begun. We sent four loads off today. We raise our calves to about 900 pounds and then send them off to a finishing feedlot where they will be fattened up before going off to butcher. Of course it is always a little sad, but the cycle must continue. It's our business after all.
The cowboys show up early with their horses and a couple of good dogs, ready to get the calves out of the pens. Above is Miss Jezabel.
Dave meets with the sales rep and the vet. The vet always checks out the calves we are selling to ensure they are healthy and uninjured.
Here come the trucks.
Getting the calves out of the pen.
I think the dogs have it handled.
Below is Sally. She is a fuzzy. I think that is an actual breed. She is a good cow dog and so cute.
Still dusty in January.
They count and weigh the calves.
I was distracted by the dogs. They were working hard.
The scale house
Oops, I got distracted again.
Another important person in the cast of characters is the brand inspector.
Loading the trucks.
The calves have to be loaded properly. Each compartment of the truck holds a certain number of calves.
We sent off four loads today. That is just over 200 calves. We have about 1300-1400 calves to send in all. We will continue shipping calves throughout the month of January and February.