Bichelmeyer Land & Cattle

(Ernie) Hello friends, I’m Ernie Rodina and welcome to AG am in Kansas. And here we are again out at one of my favorite places with my good friend Joe Bichelmeyer at the Bichelmeyer Land and Cattle Company, Silkville Ranch, 4,000 acres of just, well you’re living the life out here Joe. (Joe) Well it is a piece of heaven right here on earth and we enjoy it. (Ernie) Located near Williamsburg which is about 60 miles south of Topeka. We love coming out here and you’ve got your friends out here working the cattle, helping you bring in all low stress. It’s what low stress is all. Let’s talk about the process that’s taking place in working these calves. (Joe) Well, we are all about low stress and we emphasize that in our handling of our cattle. We gather cattle on horseback and cattle are less stressed with horses. We bring them to the pens and we don’t get really chargey or rammy with the cattle. We put a few in the alley sort them, separate them, and then when the sorting and separating is done the initial thing to do is to start the processing. And by processing on the cows this time of year we’re giving them a fly tag, we’re giving them an injectable wormer, and we’re also giving them their breeding disorder shot, to prevent breeding disorders and it’s a booster for that. They get it as heifer calves before they go to breeding. And then on the calves themselves, we’re giving them all of their first round of vaccinations, their 7-way, their 4-way. We also give them a drop of wormer and fly tag ’em and that’s to prevent stress down the line as these calves are growing and allow them to not be bothered by outside sources such as the flies and things like that. And so all of these things pay big dividends – number one in healthy cattle. And if you notice when we’re working cattle, there’s nothing exciting about it or excitable about it. We do it in a low stress way, low stress for the animals primarily, but safety and low stress for the people working the cattle. (Ernie) You mentioned fly tags, and a lot of folks… one as far as procedure you do on top of fly tags because as you mentioned flies – if you want to see stress on cows, don’t do anything for the flies. And you do the fly tags, you do the worming and then you take it a step farther on feeding the Wind and Storm mineral without the shed which keeps what flies are out there, keep them from breeding, being the horn flies. (Joe) Right. And that’s very important and I had to be shown the importance of that. I really didn’t think that that was that big of a factor in keeping flies off of the cattle. But when you never allow the fly to develop and it’s killed in the larvae stage I believe, in the feces of the animal, if you notice we just worked a large group of cattle right here and there’s virtually no flies. And you start that ahead of the fly season to where the cattle have built up that into their system already and it pays big dividends. (Ernie) Well, I commend you and your whole operation and what you do to control flies because we know that causes all kinds of health problems, on the cow end they don’t produce as much milk which means a lighter calf and everything from that standpoint. And even where you were going through some castration of your bulls, and you just do a super job, that was low stress, they just get up and walk away from that. (Joe) Well, we emphasize those types of things when we are working our cattle and actual castration and we found it to be less stressful and the most sure fire method to make sure that we do what we’re wanting to do. (Ernie) Well, we appreciate…we love coming out to Silkville Ranch, Bichelmeyer Land and Cattle Company. Thank you so much for being part of AG am in Kansas. (Joe) Thanks for having me Ernie, we look forward to being back in the fall.

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