|this is the tagging gun. the tag goes into certain parts to clip the tag in the calves ear.|
|we have a few cows that mark and his brother share. so those calves get yellow tags.|
that way when he's here he knows which calves are which.
the top number is the cows number, the bottom number is the day the calf was were born.
|then the other side is the sires (daddy) name.|
|i wanted to show how big the tags are. they look huge, but as they grow they fit perfect.|
|this is how the tags go into the tagging gun.|
|you have to feel the calves ear and hit a certain spot.|
they have cartilage and vessels in their ears, just like us.
so we try to center the tag between all of that and then they are less likely to rip them out also.
For instance Buckwheat (Lily's mom) is #22, and Lily is #022 because she was born in 2010 and her moms number is 22. Lily is due to calve in 2 weeks. If she has a heifer and we keep it, that calves number will be #222. And we do have software that helps up keep track of everything with our cattle. Shots, calving, death, selling, weaning, weights, what pasture they are in. Even our semen and embryos. It's very helpful when you want to look back at performance on certain cow families. Till next time!