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Blood Sample From A Tail Vein

Drawing Blood From The Tail Vein

Mistletoe and another young Kerry heifer have been sold to a buyer in New England. But before they can be moved across state lines in April, some paperwork and certain heath testing protocols need to be followed. Yesterday our veterinarian was here to draw blood samples. With Mistletoe, blood was drawn from the vein underneath…

Horns on Cattle – The Horned, De-Horned & Naturally Polled

erry Cow With Young Calf

The first or second thing most farm visitors notice about our older Kerry cows are their horns. It’s understandable. Horns were what I initially noticed about Kerry cattle the first time I saw them too. From a farmer’s point of view, horns in livestock can be a source of trouble. Horned cattle are more dangerous…

Fly Control in Pastured Cattle

Josie With Flies

Here in western Pennsylvania summertime means fly season for folks who raise cattle. Because cattle produce so much manure fly populations can be hard to manage even when cattle are kept in open pasture and not confined. Heavy fly infestations in cattle can be a real animal welfare headache. That’s because flies bite, suck blood;…

A Spring Frolic For Half Grown Calves

A Spring Frolic For Half Grown Calves

Seems like no matter the species – adolescents sometimes just won’t listen. Pictured above is part of a group of half grown calves that decided on their own to party in the front yard. The prevailing attitude of this bunch is that they are outlaws – and not ordinary bottle raised Dexters, Kerries and dairy…