Working Cattle

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.


About akm17

My name is Alex Morris, and I am from a small, rural town in Missouri called Ballard. I grew up on a row crop and cow/calf operation. I have always loved the farm life, and I have always been very active around our farm. Now, for the first time, I have been away from where I grew up and am experiencing college. It is always good to go back home to the farm, and I try to make it there as often as I can. It’s my favorite place to be. Being away has only made me appreciate agriculture more. Here, at Missouri State University, I am majoring in Agricultural Communications and I plan to have an emphasis in graphic design. My goal is to be an advocate of agriculture. The way I am going to start “spreading the word” of agriculture is through this blog. I plan to share the issues I may come across, things I find in the social media, or topics that we disucuss in my Relations in Agriculture class or any of my other classes. I will also share stories straight off of my farm. I will talk a little about what goes on around there, and post pictures whenever I can, because they are worth a thousand words that don’t have to be typed. I love to take pictures and to tell good stories. Sometimes I may even talk about life in general if I come across something that needs to be shared. Overall, I am a very stong believer in agriculture. It’s where my heart is, and I want to make people aware of what is going on out there, and bring things to their notice they may not be aware of. I believe that is my job as an agriculture advocate, and this blog is just where I am starting out.
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2 Responses to Working Cattle

  1. Jim Kershner says:

    Alex: the kind of “shoot” you work cattle through is spelled: chute

    Couldn’t resist the correction; You’ll always be my student, not matter how old you get.

    Catch you later: Love Ya Jim Kershner

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