Tagging a newborn calf, almost got run over by the cow
When new calves are born on the farm we like to ear tag them before they get very mobile. Tagging them early helps us to know what sex the calf is and also who the calf belongs to. This particular calf was only about 24 hours old but already very mobile. The momma cow did not want us messing with her baby calf. Luckily we were able to get the calf caught and in the back of the gator. Once the calves are in the gator we are usually able to tag them and release them without any problems. Below is our tagging procedure.
For our fall calves we use blank white z tags. We write the following information on the tags:
Front center is the calf ID this number is generated depending on the year and also how many calves were born that year. The very first calf born in 2019 is calf ID 9001. 9 stands for year 2019 and the 1 stands for the first calf. This calf was tagged 9066 so it was the 66th calf born this year. We also write the cows ID, Bull ID, and birthdate