June 16, 2014

Turning Bulls Out The Cycle Begins Again

We've got half of our cattle on an electric fence system to try and improve some pasture we rent. Electric fence can be so annoying, not to mention painful! We've discovered a few ways to simplify setting up, taking down and moving electric fence. We put big spools of electric fence wire on some wind up reels. We also use plastic fence posts that don't require any pounding. You simply step on the foot peg and it goes into the ground rather easy. But that's another post. We decided our family could use some team building activities that no matter what happened, Daniel and I made sure it turned out positive, and everyone walked away with good feelings towards each other. Putting the fence wire on the reel was perfect for this. Tensions did rise, but we made sure it was all smoothed out. Everyone was proud of the work they accomplished TOGETHER.

We bought two new bulls this year that still needed branded. Here are the kids lighting the branding torch to heat up the irons.

 Daniel branded the bulls while we observed from a distance.
 Bulls are always happy and excited to be turned out with the cows. You have to keep a close eye on them to make sure they're doing their job and don't hurt themselves. If the bulls aren't working, your cows don't have calves, and there goes your paycheck. Letting the kids be a part of this process also makes it easier to talk to them about the birds and the bees!  So the cycle begins again with next years calf crop.

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