So i pretty much had the best day ever yesterday. My neighbors have a small herd of 18 heifers with calves. I live in their corral most of the time, brushing their horses, and yesterday Robin asked if i wanted to help with the calves. I said "of course!!" not knowing what i was getting myself into. I've been watching the whole 'workin calves' thing on Pioneer Woman's website and was quite excited to take pictures. I uh, didn't get to take many pictures. I was too busy giving shots and workin the chute. I used to feel bad for the steer and calves at the rodeo but i don't anymore. They are amazingly tough and stubborn and it takes A LOT to hurt them. On one of the moms the needle was actually bowing instead of going in. Thick hide anyone? I don't actually eat red meat but by the end of the day i was sooooo ready to eat a big juicy steak. Dumb ole cows.
IT WAS AWESOME!!!!! I really want to do this again...
Isn't it beautiful!
There they are, so calm and unknowing... They have no idea what's coming.
This is Jamal. He's my favorite. I bottle-fed him when he was born. Isn't he cute?
This are my awesome rubber boots. I really need to buy some corral boots.
Setting up the calf table. Which by the way, is the coolest invention since sliced bread!
If any of you read Pioneer Woman's site you will know all about pink shirts. They are awesome!
This is my job. Needles. Ack!
Starting to look a bit nervous now. But she's a she so it won't be that bad. At least she doesn't have to worry about losing calf nuts.
We got the moms and babies separated. They are certainly looking more nervous now...
And the moms aren't happy either.
Some of them weren't to excited about the alley or chute.
This cow (the cow from hell...who will soon be hamburger) decided to go through instead of over...
if you look closely you'll see her head through the panel.
After she busted through. I can't believe how strong they are!
Carting the panel away.
And here she is after. Evil, devil cow. HAMBURGER!
There were three left and they were hiding around the corner. Sneaky buggers.
One of the last cows managed to give Robin a manure shower. Works much better than Irish Springs.