Yesterday we got to spend a busy morning vaccinating our new weanling calves. We weaned our 130 calves a few weeks ago and they have adjusted well to life in the feed lot away from their mothers. Want to see and hear the calves as we were weaning go here Weaning Calves. Now that the calves are fully weaned it is time to vaccinate them against any illnesses they would possibly get while living out the rest of their life. Just like children need vaccinations to keep healthy and prevent them from caring diseases that might make others sick, we need to vaccinate the calves so they stay healthy. Some of the vaccines are given through shots and others are given by nasal spray.
The pictures I have are from years past. Since my hands were busy helping yesterday I didn't have time to take photos and I knew I had these I could use.
In this photo I am administering some nasal spray medication to a calf. It is a lot like getting flu mist and doesn't hurt them at all. Any shots that the animal needs we give in the neck. We choose to use this area because it is not where high quality cuts of meat come from and it is easily accessed for giving the injection. As you can see we use a head gate system to hold the animals in place while we are giving them medication. We use the head gate by closing the gate on the animals neck while they are trying to walk through. This does not choke the animal but hold them place until we open the gate back up. The one running the head gate has to be quick to close the gate at just the right time. Vaccinating calves is not an easy job and takes quick hands, strength, and patience.
Vaccination days can be stressful but they are also times were we get to work together as a family and see the fruits of our labors in the animals we are working with.