This weekend we had beautiful weather in Bates County, so we took advantage of it. We got a couple groups of cows and calves worked. As I talk to people, I realize that not everyone knows what the ends and outs of working cattle consist of, so I thought I’d talk about it. To start out, we gather all the cows and their babies from the pastures. We call them in with the truck that they are used to seeing when they get fed and checked every day. My dad also rides his dirt bike to help direct them to where we want them to go. Once we get them in the lot, we sort the cows from the calves and they are put in separate pins. Then we begin running the cows through the chute. We give them vaccinations to keep them from getting sick or any kind of disease and poor them for worms, lice, and ticks. We also make sure they each have a tag in their ear. The other day someone asked what the point of putting the tags in the cattle’s ear is? The answer to this is identification. Without this tag that says the cow’s number we wouldn’t be able to tell them apart. We need to know who needs what, who has had a baby, and so on. Also, if they get out of the fence, there is no question that it is our cow because they have a tag that says M&W Farms. After we are done with the cows, we start running the babies through the ally. We give them their vaccinations, and they also get their first ear tag. The bulls have to be cut so they are steers. After all of them are done, we let the babies back with their moms and move them to a new pasture. We switch them to a new pasture because there is greener grass, and we won’t have to feed as much hay. This is where they will stay for the summer.