It's that time of year again. We started receiving yearlings Friday night, which means I spent my weekend processing yearlings. It actually isn't too bad of work. We have a decent crew, and a good routine, so it doesn't take too long. The only glitch all weekend was when a hinge on one of the hydraulic gates broke.
So we had Julio weld it for us, and after a short delay we were back to work. Everyone works at our place...Not only do we give the kids whips, we make every stray that passes through work as well.
Luke, an Australian Shepard was put to work. He received a doughnut for his efforts. Yes, we take doughnut breaks.
We run every animal through a hydraulic chute that weighs each animal. We class everything by weight, vaccinate for pink eye and foot rot, and the best of the best are kept for breeding. Sometimes we are so fast, we surprise ourselves, and get the whole bunch done before lunch!
Being a mom, cowgirl, and ranch wife I get to do a lot of fun things, like take my kids to work with me, work outside, and ride some neat horses. I also get to do a lot of lousy things that I care not to do, like cook for a huge crew (which I don't mind too much), clean up the dishes from feeding a crew after the days work is done and everyone else gets to relax, and spray weeds, which is a story for another day! Saturday was no exception. Not only did I work all day with the crew, I made a huge lunch to feed them as well. I think the final head count was 10 people. I cooked a couple of roasts, a crock pot full of beans, a huge macaroni salad, and brownies for dessert. I should have taken pictures of that too!
After lunch we reweighed everything to get an average weight, then moved them to their new homes.