Day 13 – Branding, Vacanating and Ear Taging.

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Yesterday we went to Judy and Nathan’s cattle ranch to help out agai. This time it was the calfes that needed their vaccine, tag and Brand.

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I’ll give them this, cows are easier to heard than sheep, because they are way slower and in my opinion a bit dummer.

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Once they had sorted all the calfs from the cows the work could begin.

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The idea was to catch one calf at a time and then get everything done while holding the calf down.

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Even though the calfs were young and small, they were still kinda big and strong. Being use to only sheep this was new for both me and John.

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The idea was that you were soppose to catch the calf by its neck and then grab infront of it’s back leg to tip it over.

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Seams pretty simple. But well, it wasn’t.

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John really hit the mud trying to catch this one, as you can see his entire back got in the mud.
But he ensured me that it didn’t hurt.

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It had been raining the day before so their was a lot of mud.

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John had been trying to catch number 24 for a long time and guess what. He got it at last. It helps to be stubborn sometimes.

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It wasn’t really enough only one person holding the calf down there had to be eigther 2 or 3 holding it. Since they really are that strong.

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The Australien Cattle Dogs tryed to help. They actually remind me a bit of border collies, only shorter and way shorter tails.

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This farms brand. I wasn’t wrestleing cows, my job was the same as the last time, vaccination of the calfs.

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The line up after everything wad done. Who is the dirtiest?
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When we were done with all the calfs, Judy and Nathan invited us to dinner later that evening.
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We went over to their place at 6pm. The evening started with a game of picturnary. Actually a quite fun game.
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On the menue was a real Canadian feast dinner – Turkey with everything!!
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Even srawberry salad, wich was awsome.
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Since we had never tried a turkey dinner before, I had to try everything! And it was SO good. Even the stuffing was delishous.
I’m thankfull we got invited and we sure had a wonderful time, with really nice people.

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