Introducing The New Girls To Our Herd

by Tammy Taylor

We were forced to reduce our herd in 2011 and 2012 due to the gripping drought that held us captive those years.  We have maintained a lower stocking rate and use temporary stocker cows of different breeds during times when the grass was plentiful, selling them when the grass waned. It was a painful decision but that flexibility allowed us to continue our ranching operation and emerge strong.

New Stocker Calf Taylor-Made Ranch (640x479)

But now we’re very cautiously and slowly beginning to add registered Hereford cows back into our permanent herd.  When they first came to the ranch we kept the new girls separated in the barn pasture for a period of time, partially to be able to work them, add TMR ear tags, give them a health workup, identify them in our records, palpate them for pregnancy, etc.  Plus it’s just good ranching management to quarantine new animals to assure you’re not introducing illness into your herd.

Taylor-Made Ranch Registered Hereford Cow

Now it’s time to introduce these new girls and their calves to our own herd.  We knew there would be a period of time where they would be getting used to each other and establishing the new pecking order for the group so after the common gate was opened I sat back with the camera to watch them get acquainted.  It’s so funny to see them interact for the first time, bowing up to make themselves look big, growling and circling each other.

Taylor-Made Ranch Hereford Introduction

Now that we’ve gotten THAT settled, let’s get down to being one big happy family!  LOL  We look forward to 2013, it’s going to be an awesome year!

~TMR~

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7 thoughts on “Introducing The New Girls To Our Herd

  1. Mary@Back to the Basics!

    Congrats on expanding your herd! Thanks for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! Looking forward to seeing what you share this week. http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com/2013/06/tuesdays-with-twist-9-party-time.html

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  2. farmer Liz

    Aren’t they awful to each other! Ours even carry on like that if they’ve been separated for a few weeks. And some poor girls just get head butted for no reason. And any calf that doesn’t belong! They are funny to watch 🙂

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      It really is funny Liz, guess they have their own bovine way of establishing a pecking order. But it usually only lasts a few hours then they’re all one big happy family again. I’ve noticed, like you, that even herdmates that have been together since birth are separated for a short amount of time they have to re-establish the order again when they all get back together. LOL ~TMR~

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  3. Summers Acres

    We’ve never raised cattle. It is cool to see that last picture of them “getting acquainted”. Thanks for sharing! Please join us again Thursday at: The HomeAcre Hop ~Ann

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  4. Lisa RedWillow

    We raised Herefords for years , third generation on the farm. We showed them right down to Denver from Canada. I miss them so much . Lovely Lovely photos.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Lisa – we really love the look of Herefords as well. Our A.I. program has done well and our first registered bull calf has just come of age so he’ll be assisting us with next year’s calf crop. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. ~TMR~

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