Look what came in the mail!
Our new cow tags. Believe it or not, with just 15 cows, things start getting confusing. Some of our 2015 calves are as big as their mamas now, so it's getting harder to tell them apart.
We rustled everybody into the hay barn pasture, which leads into the squeeze chute.
Some of them walk right in, others can be led with food....but there are a couple that are very difficult.
They are both cows that we did not raise.
This is Gus, he will be the daddy of the 2017 Jersey cows. Bulls get tags in their left ear.
Here's Lilly, very proud to get the #1, as she was our 1st cow. Lilly and a few others old tags that had to be removed too.
Coralee is so easy going, she got her ear tag done at milking time. The applicator tool is almost like getting your ears pierced at the mall. I holds the tag on one side and the back on the other.
After getting all except for 2 cows done, DH took a break to do some tractor work.
He had a stow away. She stayed with him the whole time he was on the tractor.
We tried all day to get the last 2 cows. I realized that they had not had water for several hours. We put water and some feed in the gated area that leads to the chute, and went about our business. After supper we quietly approached the chute area, and both cows were lounging there. We were able to get the gate closed before they knew it, and proceed with tagging.
Lucy, the cow who had fought us all day, walked right into the chute as calm as could be and got her tag.
Then after the chute was opened we actually had to push her out. After fighting all day, trying to not go in the chute, she didn't want to leave!