The boys decided to band the calves this weekend - we only had a few to band. We usually band after they are a couple days old and it is a simple procedure. But we had a calf that had somehow escaped the dreaded band and had gotten a little too big to handle so it took a family effort. For those of you that aren't familiar with the banding process it can seem kinda harsh. For the bull calf to become a steer it needs to be banded so it can not procreate. Or in layman's terms you wrestle the calf to the ground and place what looks like a little green cheerio rubber band around his nut sack and eventually the nut sack will fall off. Hey, I'm just keeping it real here. I thought it would be a good photo op to let you guys see the process - not to mention sometimes it gets pretty funny watching the calf outsmart the guys! After we separated the mama cows from the calves they cornered and pinned them up. But a couple got away- so they needed to be taken down- cue the cops theme song!This one was the bigger calf -and was in the process of being taken down he still put up a good fight.
See the cute little baby calf running around front? That is the size of the calf that we like to band -they are easy- not like the one Jake and Thane are tangling with in the background. And I swear Thane is not trying to punch Jake- it just looks that way!This is the last photo I got before Luke and I had to jump in and help- ladylike I know- but it is the life of a farmer's wife!