Monday, April 1, 2013

Hereford Calves

We usually use registered black Angus bulls on our commercial black Angus cows.  But this last year we bought Hereford bulls to cross breed for a little more genetic diversity.  The Herefords cross well with Angus and add a little more docility.  They are a great compliment to black Angus structurally as well.

We call the cross bred calves black-white face.  They are so cute!  There was even a red calve at Dad's ranch this year.

We weaned this week, preg-checked, vaccinated, wormed and de-horned.  The heifers also got freeze branded.  We've never had to de-horn before; it was a learning process!   There were only three calves that had horns or buds. 

Looks like it would hurt but she didn't make a sounds or kick or anything
The Prairie Kid didn't have a specific job so part of the day he was a little bored.  He wanted to have an important job like vaccinating but he isn't ready for that quite yet.

Happy Resurrection Day!

There was more than one miracle on Easter morning this year. 

1. Jesus' tomb is empty!
2. I got up before The Prairie Kid and was able to have breakfast AND the basket ready!

Here is the sleepy head checking out his loot

Whole wheat bunny pancakes with honey cinnamon butter anyone?

Why, yes, don't mind if I do!

Coloring Eggs

Here are the annual egg dying pictures! 
Gotta love an idea someone posted on Facebook to use a whisk to hold the egg.  Worked great!