Mid Winter Round Up

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Here at Cozine Springs Ranch we always spend time in late January rounding up our feeder cattle and moving them into a corral so that we can work them one at a time through the cattle chute and and get a good look at how they are doing.

Round up is time consuming but my wife and I have trained our animals to follow the feed wagon so it's really not a physically  demanding  job. However we probably look pretty funny driving along in our gator with fifty head of cattle following close behind.

Once we have them in a pasture close to the corral we hold them there for a couple of days so they can reconnect with the place and settle down some. That means we have to keep them fed and make sure the water tanks are full and thawed.  On the day that we are going to work them through the shoot we feed them their hay inside the corral. They go right in without hesitation, we close the gate and the work begins.

Our cattle graze on 283 open acres and although we are out on our quad checking them on a regular basis we find that it is best to get a close up, one on one look at them at this time every year. It helps us to head off any potential problems.

We check to make sure that they don't have any signs of  bumps, scrapes, ring worm, pneumonia or anything else that might adversely affect their health.

We use Ivomec to worm them and  treat them with appropriate medicines if we find something that we need to correct.  We want to always make sure that our livestock is healthy and and gaining weight at a proper rate. In a small operation like ours we can't afford to have a sick animal that doesn't grow well and we sure can't afford to have one die. We only raise around fifty head of beef so we have to play things close to the vest.  It's much better to be ahead of the game than to try and play catch up.

This year our friend that we buy our cattle from came and helped. He is a treasure trove of information and experience in the cattle industry. Ken has more than forty years of experience. His knowledge and insight are invaluable. He is also a lot of fun to work with and visit with. He has a keen sense of humor and a quick eye for problems that quite frankly I would probably miss. I depend on his expertise a great deal.

This year we had a couple of calves that seemed a little too light so we treated them with an antibiotic and when we sent the rest of the herd back to pasture we held those two back and kept them in a pen close to us for a few days with extra hay rations and some 14% all stock feed. Once we felt that they were doing better we led them back to the rest of the herd and they reconnected right away. All is well.

Working with the cattle and our Heritage Spanish goats is a great pleasure. A lot of work to be sure but very satisfying and a lot of fun. It's a great way to live.

If you would like to know more about us and our ranch please visit us on the web at  http://www.cozinespringsranch.com

Until next time, find something to laugh about. It's good for the spirit, soul and body.