This happened to be a beautiful spring day so Justin decided it would be perfect for getting the heifers caught up on their vaccinations. Please tell me that happens with your kid too. Sometimes I look at the immunization schedule and realize my child is about two years past due on their vaccinations. Time flies with cattle vaccination schedules too.
It’s this poor little things turn to come into the chute. Once she sticks her head through the hole she will be caught.
I’m telling you it really is like kids. You can’t reason with kids or cows. I’m going to guess that it’s actually easier to reason with kids than with cows. You know how when you take your little ones to get vaccinated, the nurse asks you to hold down their chubby little legs? Then another nurse holds down their arms. Basically they are trapped. That’s exactly what we are doing to the cows. Except we aren’t tough enough to cold down their legs, so we have to put them in a squeeze chute.
Once the heifer is tightly secured in the shoot the guys go to work on her. She gets several different types of vaccinations which I know nothing about. Nothing except, they are very expensive. At least that’s how I feel when I pay the bill! Justin works very closely with our veterinarian and a vaccination representative in choosing the best vaccinations for our particular farm.
When I say they go to work on her, I mean it! I’m pretty sure this heifer feels the same way I feel when I go to the dentist! Why does it take four full grown men to do what seems like it should be a one man job?
Before you know it she’s all done and out the chute! I think she deserves bread sticks from the gas station. That’s what we used to promise our boys if they stayed manly and didn’t cry during their vaccinations. They love those gas station bread sticks (if you deprive your children of gas station bread sticks, you can use them as a special treat and your kids will do anything for them) so much that I actually had to pay up a few times! We only do this because we love them and want the best for them!