We started the weaning process yesterday. The calves are looking really good and it is time to bring them in for first rounds of vaccines and get ready to fully wean in 2 weeks. There are a few pretty nice steers that should make some great 4-H projects. Trying to capture nice pictures while holding the 4 month old in the carrier is not an easy task, though. IMG_1037

Working calves seems to be easy, when talking about it. We’ll just bring them in, seperate them from their mama, run them thru the chute and turn everyone back out. On paper its easy. In real life it is a bit harder. Add to the mix 4 boys under the age of 7. It can get very interesting! Lucky for us we have a few guys that are great help. Yesterday, Cowboy Dean came to help. He is a rodeo man for a living, a bull fighter no less, so working Hereford bred calves is easy. He is usually pretty quiet but will throw out a pretty good zinger here and there. He keeps Scott on his toes!IMG_1058 He is certainly not afraid to get in there and get the job done.IMG_1049IMG_1043 We have attempted to work cows with just the little guys and although it can be done, it is so much less stress to know Cowboy Dean is here and able to handle the back chutes…usually by himself. He has helped us since he was a young boy, so he knows the operation pretty well. How lucky we are to have such a great helper!