Goodbye Bull, Hello Steer

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Do you ever wonder why some cattle (notice I didn’t say COW) are born bulls? But are sold as steers? Last year was a learning curve for us AND the cattle. Do you know what happens when a “bull” becomes a “steer”?

Well, wonder no more! But in an effort to keep this a family friendly post, I will explain “Banding” another time. Let us just say that it is a lot easier when they are new-born. Last year they waited almost 6 months to band them, not a mess that we wanted to do AGAIN this year! Most of the time it is easier to keep Mom and calf together. Banding? Not one of those times.

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strategy being planned. Is it my imagination or do they look a little uncomfortable? Kind of putting their knees together. They are just thinking about what needs to be done.
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After getting the pair separated. Hello, bull calf! notice the tool in his right back pocket?!?
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Ear tag first.
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REALLY!?!? This was the perfect set up to an award-winning photo!! That is my story and I am sticking to it. #Photo FAIL!!
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When you just have to catch that little bugger anyway you can! Yep, got him!
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How many guys does it take to “band” a calf? Current count 2! And that had better be enough! Because I am NOT getting in there!!
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Did we get both of them?!?! YEP, feels like it. OK, just OK. I don’t know what else to say! #what is up with that? #WHAT?
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“MOM!! What did they do to me!?!? My ear and my ‘Bull Parts’ hurt!?!?” from a very stunned calf! But Mom has all the answers. “Don’t worry son, it will all go away soon!” Moms are always right!! Hello, STEER!! #Hello STEER!

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