Here at Dickinson Cattle Co Inc of Barnesville, Ohio about 550 calves will be born from the last of March to July.
Joel, on the Honda, overtakes a running calf at full speed, grabs the calf by the handle (tail) provided, does a Honda full speed sliding stop, dismount, and a PRCA hog tie -- this all happens very fast on the open range. One miss and there may not be another chance on these fast running Texas Longhorn calves.
The calf multi-tasks and gets her breath while waiting for the paper work to be done. Field records are important.
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Joel Dickinson, who is in charge of herd health and management, documents every calf within a few hours of birth. Each calf is hog-tied, weighed, given a selenium shot, an ear tag with the dam and sire's name and photographed. (Some bull calves are banded as they will be more valuable as steers.) The photo is immediately emailed to headquarters recording the sex and all data.
The USDA doesn't think that privately owned livestock are recorded. They think NAIS or ADT need to be mandatory law to force livestock producers to ID their stock. Unfortunately the white-shirted, clean-handed government employees are so far removed from real livestock production they don't know Shinola from second base. They should take a few rides on the ranch with normal cattle people and gradually work up to the first grade in cattle production knowledge. Most 9 year old girls raised on a ranch know how it is done.
Kara, age 9, goes with her Dad and has helped record hundreds of births. Here she watches his back side just in case the mother gets a little too protective. Very few cows at DCCI are a problem to tag their calves, but some need a little tap on the nose. Kara is in charge of that. Here is the two minute step by step..