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.
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.
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.