On November 20th Dr. John McDermott and Dr. Megan Ruller, of Granville Veterinary Service, paid a visit to administer vaccines and check the pregnancy status of some of the cattle at our Fort Ann, NY farm. Members of our Simply Grazin’ crew assisted with the visit by rounding up the herd, moving them through our StrongHold cattle chute system, checking EID tags, and logging weights and pregnancy status. It was a chilly morning and the sky was spitting snow, but with everyone’s help the vet visit was a success.
Dr. John McDermott and Dr. Megan Ruller of Granville Vetetrinary Services came on November 20, 2019 to perform various health exams on our herd.
Vaccines to be administered to our cattle to ensure proper health.
Dr. McDermott and Dr. Ruller get out the ultrasound machine to verify a very early pregnancy in one of our cattle.
Being a good patient during her exam.
Checking the weight of each cattle as she steps onto the scales.
Everyone working together to get the herd checked with as little stress as possible.
The cattle have all be moved to the holding area and are being weighed, vaccinated and if needed, checked for pregnancy status.
Dr. McDermott and Dr. Ruller head to the back of their truck for supplies.
Smiles from the Simply Grazin’ crew as they work together through the cold temperatures to get the cattle through the StrongHold system to be checked by Dr. McDermott and Dr. Ruller.
Matt reads off EID numbers as Karen records cattle information.
Dr. Megan Ruller gets the vaccines ready to be administered.
Matt Devlin places an EID tag.
Matt Devlin moves gate pieces to help round up the herd to move them through the StrongHold system so they can be checked by the vets.
Kelley Jones has Austin and Nichole laughing again.
Kelley Jones talks to one of our cattle as she waits for her exam.
Karen Kilmartin and Nichole Cortes prep for the vets arrival.
Karen Kilmartin and Matt Devlin work together to log cattle information.
Dr. John McDermott and Matt Devlin work together to get dewormer suspension applicator ready to use.
Our newest farm hand, Austin, jumps right in to help with the herd.
Matt Devlin and Karen Kilmartin use our handheld EID tag reader to collect cattle data.
EID tags are small “button-like” tags that are placed in the ear. Each EID tag has a unique 15-digit number printed on it, and the number can also be read by scanning the tag with an EID reader. These tags are designed to last for the life of the animal.
Nichole makes sure each cattle is all the way on the scale before we record her weight.
Cattle at the hoop barn before the Simply Grazin’ crew moves them into the StrongHold system to be checked by the vets.
Dr. John McDermott heads into administer a pregnant check.
Dr. McDermott performs a rectal palpation to do pregnancy testing on this cattle. Using this method, vhe can identify pregnant cows as early as six weeks after conception. He will feel for the calf’s head, a pulse in the artery supplying blood to the uterus, and the shape of the cow’s uterus.
Dr. McDermott checks for pregnancy. Rectal palpation is the most convenient method of pregnancy testing cattle. Using this method, veterinary practitioners can identify pregnant cows as early as six weeks after conception. They feel for the calf’s head, a pulse in the artery supplying blood to the uterus, and the shape of the cow’s uterus.