Tattooing Cattle


April FreemanEach day is a little different here on the farm. Yesterday, we had to tackle a little job that I deeply dislike. In fact, it’s one of my least favorite cattle handling tasks.

Yesterday, we put three of our registered Black Angus bull calves through the chute and tattooed their ears.

I hate this job. The idea of jabbing a bunch of ink-coated needles in the ears of an animal makes me cringe. Thankfully, the man of the house tackles the icky part and I stand by and assist.

Why Tattoo?

The main reason that we tattoo animals is because when you sell registered stock, they must have a permanent identification mark. This can be a hot iron brand, a freeze brand, or an ear tattoo. Ear tags rip out and could be falsified. If someone wants to pay the extra money to get stock from verified bloodlines, they want to make darn sure that the animal is what they’re paying for.

How It’s Done

7/22/2016 8:00:38 AM

April, yes, not all homestead/farm jobs are as glamorous or enjoyable as the magazines portray. Especially when animals are involved, yucky jobs are some where in the mix. I guess that's why many farms in the Midwest, don't have animals. My animals are wild and free. My garden has to be protected against the onslaught of the critters but then I don't have to be concerned about caring for them either. My animals include wild turkeys, deer, raccoons, possums, and even a ground hog. I try my best to live in harmony with them. I'm happy to say that I finally have a sweet corn harvest after five years by using an electric fence. They have their patch outside of the garden area. I'm not that cruel. Have a great animal care day on the homestead.

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