The first step in vaccinating cattle is to get them all caught in a pen where you can handle them. So we push them up to our working pens between the barns, and put the mama cows in one pen, and the baby calves in another pen.
Calves receive different vaccines than cows. This is their first time to get shots, so they get a modified live vaccine for many different diseases--including respiratory disease, diarrhea, and other known bovine diseases.
We work our cattle in a chute--that is designed to hold them still with minimal difficulty and stress to the animal or the person! It works very well when you have teenage boys to help!! These boys worked very hard before getting ready for Prom.
When we were nearly finished and only had the cows to run through the chute for their vaccine, my husband had a few friends show up to help! They are guys who live in our little town, but are in the military stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas. We are a great town for military families and these guys all are from different areas far from Kansas. One guy has experience with cattle, but the other two do not.....after this weekend, they definitely DO have experience! They were lots of fun to work with and teach about how we take care of cattle. They had a great sense of humor and the work went even faster with 3 more big guys pitching in!