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I’ve noticed a lot of people searching for what to vaccinate their calves with and finding this post. I’ve also noticed it’s pretty popular with cattle lice. Allow me to tell you that the particular species of lice my cows had looked identical to people lice. There are two types. And one of the types you have to report, I think. As far as vaccinations go, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE consult your vet. Hey, I think doctors are wrong 70% or more of the time, but a good vet is far easier to come by and does a much better job. The vaccines that you give your cattle DEPEND ON WHERE YOU LIVE. It also depends on whether they’re going to be beef or dairy or both. Some are required by law, others are pretty pointless to do. It entirely depends upon where you live, and a local vet is far better than any co-op, or even a neighbor farmer, in telling you what is required and why. I’ve had people from all over the world visit this post just for that. Please look for info on vaccinations in your own country/area as the laws and diseases will vary greatly! I’ll be glad to answer any questions I can, and as always THANK YOU FOR VISITING.
We finally got the head gate put together and were able to vaccinate the cattle. The blue thing closes in on their neck, the coral panels make a little run/chute to herd them all together. Sweet feed makes them follow you.
I knew this would not be easy, but I didn’t think it would be THAT bad. Firstly, cow skin is TOUGH!! So the needle gauge isn’t small. Next, they’re more sensitive than you think and do NOT like to be gouged with a needle. I dropped a few and had to attach new needles. I got some injected onto them, but not in them. They would jump, kick, rear, buck, anything at all. We also had a lice problem. Those little black things on Baby’s nose are cattle lice. They don’t affect humans.
There’s no telling where it came from, we think from that calf that died. So, while they were in there, we used a dairy/pregnant safe lice killer that’s pretty much the same as RID or Nix, so how it’s safe, I don’t know. Fargo licked the others and threw up all day one day, but he seems fine now. We had to get rid of the lice though, and the amount of olive oil used would be ridiculous, not to mention make them cold out there, and I don’t think they would hold still for the comb.
Here is Arlis bringing them to the upper field via a bucket of sweet feed. I think they’re spoiled.
And here is Betsy. Now, the meat steer took off, and we had to do him later. Fargo was last, and Booger wouldn’t come through when she was done, just turned back around and went to the pen. Betsy just about took me out with the second shot. Fargo busted Arlis’s tooth/lip when we did him. He was pitiful.
So, Marcus decides he wants a bottle calf of his own. A good investment with a little work, just land and fencing and such, which we already have. He can double his money, so we’re trying to teach him investing and responsibility (like he doesn’t have enough already!). We went to look at some that were kept in a pen about 6 feet in diameter, three to a pen, in an old school bus with blackened out windows. The smell was atrocious and I smelled scours. We wanted to take them all home and give them happiness, but we knew they would just die, and we can’t afford to. He wanted too much for them. Given how nice his truck was, I thought it would be a nice place. WRONG!! We could have turned them in, but we didn’t. Let’s face it, I doubt they would have done much about it anyway. I was very upset all night.
We planted peas today. Two rows of early frost pea. We’ll plant the onions in about a week or so.
Another REALLY COOL thing is I am currently beta testing a game that is going to come out later this year. I’m bound by contract not to say anything about it, but let’s say I’m real excited! Not to mention I would love to beta test future games from