By Rayford Pullen
I certainly hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends and hopefully December will bring a time when we can pause and be thankful for all the blessings we have in our life that make our daily tasks rewarding. Being successful is not rewarding in itself unless we can share it with someone.
For all the prayer warriors out there praying for rain, you did a great job, and I understand this October was the wettest in recorded history, and the army worms, all I can say is wow!
What a show of destruction they were able to pull off over night with complete fields destroyed in the blink of an eye. When I read that each moth could lay 2,000 eggs, I knew we were in trouble just from the sheer numbers we saw in our pastures and in the Friday night lights.
Hopefully we have those critters behind us since their voracious appetites for our winter and summer pastures came at a time when we were recovering from the summer drought and looking at high-priced hay.
Meanwhile, back on the ranch, we got our fall calves fence lined weaned with little or no sickness despite the ever changing weather and continued rain.
They then received vaccinations for the virus complex, blackleg and dewormed. The vaccinations were repeated two weeks later since one vaccination is not 100 percent effective and the second hopefully gets those covered.
Doing what we can to minimize calf morbidity is not only beneficial to our business, but the industry as well since calves that do not get sick because they were vaccinated will hopefully not require antibiotics in the future, and that is something our customers are concerned about.
To read more pick up a copy of the December 2018 NTFR issue. To subscribe call 940-872-5922.