July 28, 2014

FARM LIFE: BEING YOUR OWN PROFESSIONAL

**WARNING: This post may contain photos that are graphic! BUT are necessary in keeping the health of animals.**

In a recent poll I took on my blog, a lot of people who didn't know me liked reading posts on "farm-life". I would agree, I like to read about things I am not familiar with too. BUT all my "farm-life" posts can't be baby animals, feeding calves and the kids with animals etc. This is real life! This is what really goes on if you want to be a farmer/rancher. You have to be able to vet your own cows and have a good knowledge of how to take care of every part of your farm. It's important if you want to keep costs down and grow your own 
knowledge.


That being said, I want to show you two cows that we worked on Saturday. And remember this is all to help the overall health and safety of the cows. 

When you check your cattle in the morning, you walk them to see if anyone is sick or if there is anything wrong with your cows. On Saturday morning I was walking our pen 2 cows and noticed a cows horn was going into her ear. Naturally we pulled her out and took her to our vetting area to work on her. 
  
Now what? 
Now you have to cut her horn back from piercing her ear. Once you do that you can clean and treat the area.

With the horn cut back I was able to clean the area with iodine and spray a wound spray in there to keep from attracting flies and to help it heal.

***Remember this is all part of being a farmer, you have to know how to take care of your cows because things WILL happen!***


Next step is to colorize the end of the horn. This will keep it from bleeding and to seal the end of the horn.


Doesn't it look so much better and not so painful and irritating to the cow?!?!

Since we are finished I sprayed a good amount of wound spray all over the infected area and horn.

Patient #1 finished.


On to Patient #2

This heifer was born with her two front feet rocked forward, which means she was essentially walking on her tippy-toes in the front. This does happen on occasion. Well now she is almost 2 years old and her feet have gotten a lot better, but the way she carries her weight makes her toe nails grow in.


Here we started by cleaning out the toenail to have a clean area to work with.


Right where the hoof-pick is is where we need to clip off and file down. I don't have a bunch of step by step pics because I couldn't help and snap pics at the same time.


Here's the finished product! We trimmed all the excess toe nail out and filed the inside to give her a better edge. The blue towel in the middle is filled with a medicated ointment because the inside was a little raw.

Now she is as good as new and I would say patient #2 was a success!

You want "farm-life" this is real deal "farm-life" it's not always pretty taking care of your animals, BUT it's necessary for the over all health and well being of your animals.

Today I hope you enjoyed seeing what it takes and what you have to do to be a farmer!

I love what I do! 

This post is bringing you that much closer into my day to day life...

Have a Great Day and it's the start to another awesome week!!!

**WARNING: This post may contain photos that are graphic! BUT are necessary in keeping the health of animals.**

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