Milk-feeding update: five of the six calves drank from a trough this morning! Only the smallest calf, Baby (#11 with the ear tags), is still on the bottle. He still has scours so he's also getting electrolytes in his bottle. Tonight, I'll be trying some of the scours/pneumonia medicated milk replacement for him and adding some of it into the regular milk replacement for the rest of the calves.
So I bought an ear tag set.
My daughter, Sammy helped prepare the tag gun and sprayed the ears with iodine after I put the tags in. I showed her how to tag the ears, then helped her tag one calf. Most of the calves are still small enough that there wasn't much of a struggle to hold them for the piercing.
When tagging an ear, look at the inside of the ear for three lines of cartilage. I pierce between the 2nd and 3rd lines. After checking to be sure the backing is securely attached to the pin, Sammy gave the ear a squirt of iodine to help protect the wound.
After tagging all the calves, I decided to band the largest bull. He was already on the ground for the ear tag so we grabbed the bander and now he's walking a little funny.
My daughter understands that in a few days, he'll no longer be a bull but will be a steer although she isn't exactly sure about all the specifics. Even so, I'm proud to be raising a her on a farm and teaching her about animal care and hard work.