Baby steps: Handling calves in the corrals

This is going to be a very hard week of corralling and putting stock in the crush for the vets to check for Tb. Nevertheless, things have got off to a good start as today I was designated the noisy and messy job of apprehending the recently born calves who were caught up in the corralling and escorting them to the receiving field to be reunited with their mothers.

Quito the tame bull waits patiently by the door he knows he will be let out of as his job is just to guide the cows and calves into the corrals. He is castrated, was originally intended for film work and is probably the only bovine you can approach on the whole estate for a mutually appreciated scratch.

Quito the tame bull waits patiently by the door he knows he will be let out of as his job is just to guide the cows and calves into the corrals. He is castrated, was originally intended for film work and is probably the only bovine you can approach on the whole estate for a mutually appreciated scratch. The little ball of fluff at the bottom left is a female calf, maybe a couple of weeks old.

Unlike sheep, calves have surprisingly little to grip on to (for the inexperienced handler perhaps…!). These little monsters also seem to struggle much more than the foals I’ve handled and a couple of them put in some good charging efforts – fighting stock for sure.

beast

Number 4103: a beast in the making.

Towards the end of this week we’ll be looking to brand the yearlings, who were separated from their mothers a few weeks back. I imagine they will be somewhat more difficult to handle than the calves. I’m anticipating bruises. Particularly as the pabloromeros are a notoriously recalcitrant line of fighting bulls.

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