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August 26, 2021
Someone's pregnant and it ain't me, hallelujah!
August has been a whirlwind around here! With "summer" coming to an end, we have been busy around the ranch. We pregnancy checked bred heifers (soon to be first time moms), Carson started school, pen maintenance and welding, harvesting hay, etc. It is going to be getting even busier soon.
To pregnancy check heifers, we had a vet come to our place and ultrasound them. Heifers are placed in the chute and the veterinarian uses an ultrasound to examine the heifers. She is looking to see if the heifers are open (not pregnant) or bred (pregnant). Once determined they are bred, she then gives an estimation as to how old the fetus is. While this isn't 100% accurate, it gives us an idea as to which females are AI bred (artificially inseminated) or bull bred.
In this image you can see The Bossman, aka Dan, running the chute and the veterinarian ultrasounding a heifer.
The head gear that she is wearing displays the ultrasound image in the "glasses."
We will be weaning calves in the next couple weeks and that is one of our biggest days every year. When we wean calves, they will be weighed, receive vaccinations, and placed in a pen separate from their moms. We practice fence line weaning, meaning they can still smell their moms and touch noses but cannot nurse. This benefits both cow and calf. I will document more about this process when we wean and will share some behind the scenes on our Instagram page @danddbeef if you want to follow along.
I hope you all are enjoying the last bit of summer!
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