We work closely with our veterinarians at Didsbury Veterinary Services throughout each year to ensure that the herd is in optimal condition on an ongoing basis. At birth, every calf is weighed, tagged, and administered its vitamin shots, vaccinated for pneumonia, as well as given preventative boluses protecting against scours and other rumen bacteria. From there, they receive ivomec, BVD, 8 Way, Metecam, CCIA Tags, tattoos and brands before the calves hit pasture. Upon weaning, they receive boosters on all of their vaccines, as well as a preventative dose of antibiotics.
We quiet wean all calves, to ensure that the vaccines are in full force when they enter the pens, causing the least amount of stress or sickness. Cows are all preg checked each fall, and given ivomec, 8 Way, BVD, and Scour Guard. Cows are scored and sorted based on their body condition, and then fed accordingly for the late months of the year through until calving. Open cows are culled out, to try and maintain a high level of reproduction throughout the herd. Bulls follow the same protocol, and are semen tested each spring additionally. The cattle are given lick tubs and salt blocks to supplement their mineral intake throughout the entire year.