Posted by Greg Lhamon Jul 24, Learn , Wit 0 I was sitting in church minding my own business when my friend Dave leaned over and asked me the oddest question: Our good friends Dave and Deb Matthews are farmers.
Mostly crops but some cattle too. They have six sons: Josh, the oldest, is 30 and Jesse is Farming is hard work. But having six built-in farm hands makes things a lot easier. I showed up at the farm that afternoon in clean jeans and new boots.
But those acres are in a subdivision. So, the label fits, I suppose. He handed me a rod with a sponge on the end. My slip was showing. A sweep is a large, circular carousel that operates like a revolving door. The cattle enter the sweep and then one of the guys pushes the revolving gate which moves the bull around the circle until it empties into an alleyway. The bulls move down the alleyway to the squeeze chute.
It is a fascinating and sophisticated system of gates and doors and alleys. What looks like a steel pipe fence on either side squeezes the bull in place. Once the bull was secure, I swabbed the back of its neck with the medicine. My part was done. If you are at all squeamish, you may want to skim right on down to the next section.
Then he just pulled the testicles off. Seriously, just a couple of minutes. Then the bull started grazing, because, you know, you might as well eat, right? I gotta say, this city-slicker was amazed by the whole process. New Life on the Farm Earlier this week, Deb announced on Facebook that one of their cows was about to calf. She invited all who were interested to come view the event.
Thankfully, Deb is an outstanding photographer who runs a business called Studio So, she chronicled the entire event in pictures. These photos are of a live birth, which means things get a little messy. So, like before, if you are squeamish just keep scrolling. Mama Candace shortly after her water broke. Josh checks to see if the calf is in the right position. He heard the calf gasping for air so a vet was called. Miki Mannino-Skaggs administers an epidural. Pull chains were fastened to the hoofs.
A hoof and tongue emerges. The stress of birth. George is a large, lb calf. Upending George to clear fluid from his lungs. Happy birthday, Prince George!