Tuesday morning is the day for mustering the cattle, so I’m down to the wire to get prepared. This morning, I’ve hauled up and unrolled four more bales of hay for the cows to chew on while they wait overnight for the muster into the corral. I walked up through the sheep and found a baby lamb bound up in the electric woven wire fence – dead of course and shorting out my fence. Plus, there was a dead ewe right at the edge of the pond! Who knows what the matter was with that – she was not stuck in the mud – just dead. So both of those animals were pulled away from those areas.
I’m grinding numbers into the Ritchie ear tags for the older and bigger replacement heifer calves while the younger and smaller ones will have smaller Z-tag calf tags. These will number 400-499. All replacement heifer numbers start with 400 because the calves were born in 2014. These tags will hopefully stay in their ears for their lifetimes, this way I know how old they are.
When my corral was expanded, one of the gates was not finished with a hook, so I did that this morning. Didn’t take long and sometimes it’s those little things that really make a job go more smoothly.
Once a few electrifiable tapes and netting were in place, the cows and calves are moved forward towards the corral. Tomorrow, I’ll move them in even closer.
Well, what actually happened was that my Gator jammed between gears and I was stuck! Thankfully, Allen had time to come up and rescue me. He rocked the Gator while I tried changing the gears – it finally gave and I was able drop it into neutral so it would start. It even moved into forward although stiffly. While I was waiting on Allen, I walked over the hill and opened the gate and called the cows – they’ll just have to find their way at their leisure and I’ll make sure they are moved forward tomorrow.
Once, the small generator is tracked down, fuel changed, and it is running good, then I’ll be back to making ear tags. Should be ready for Tuesday morning.
But, this afternoon, we’ll be enjoying surprise birthday parties for my uncle and cousin!