Cleaning the ears.
Cleaning the ears.

The process of tagging calves begins with securing the calf and cleaning the ears with wipes. We have found cleaning the ears before tagging reduces the chance for infection at the tagging site.

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Tagging calves
Tagging calves

Tagging calves is typically accomplished with two people. Pictured is Judy Moyers with her trusty RTV and Bill Howard with his Grizzly. The calf's concerned mother looks on. Our goal is to produce attentive dams with strong maternal instincts that do not behave aggressively toward the handlers.

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Tagging calves.
Tagging calves.

This calf represents one of Sedgewood Plantation's registered angus bull calves that will be for sale, ready for breeding in the spring of 2016.

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Weighing calves
Weighing calves

We weigh our calves using a scale attached to the front hitch of the RTV. The scale has electronic load bars that connect to the "scale head" that is more visible in the next picture.

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Weighing calves.
Weighing calves.

Pictured is a calf trying to escape being weighed while it's mother watches carefully. Also pictured is the scale head just to the right of Bill's right shoulder. This digitally records the weights of all of our calves. The weights are transferred to a paper registry at the end of the day to protect against electronic failure.

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Escape.
Escape.

The calf is through with the weighing and tagging process and escapes to more entertaining grounds.

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Registered Angus Cow & Calf Pair
Registered Angus Cow & Calf Pair

V30 is a very maternal, deep bodied 22 month old heifer doing a great job with her first baby.

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Registered Angus Bull Calf
Registered Angus Bull Calf

X203 is out of the V30 first calf heifer. He had a 65# birth weight and represents one of Sedgewood Plantation's registered bulls that will be ready for breeding and sale in the spring of 2016.

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Registered Angus Bull Calf
Registered Angus Bull Calf

This calf represents one of Sedgewood Plantation's registered bull calves that will be for sale, ready for breeding in the spring of 2016.

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Registered Angus Bull Calf
Registered Angus Bull Calf

This calf represents one of Sedgewood Plantation's registered bull calves that will be for sale, ready for breeding in the spring of 2016.

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Pecan orchard
Pecan orchard

On the farm is a pecan orchard that Bill's father planted in the 1930's.

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A Sedgewood Plantation Registered Angus first calf heifer.

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One of our new registered angus calves.
One of our new registered angus calves.
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Judy, bottle feeding.
Judy, bottle feeding.

Judy bottle feeds a calf that is in need of a little help.

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Sedgewood Plantation Pasture
Sedgewood Plantation Pasture

Some of our commercial angus cattle at pasture.

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Registered Angus Heifer Calf
Registered Angus Heifer Calf

One of Sedgewood Plantation's registered Angus heifer calves on the scale ready to be weighed. Shown is our tagging layout: X-1 is calf's number, V-6 is the Dam.

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Registered Angus Heifer Calf
Registered Angus Heifer Calf

The tag in the right ear of the calf display's relevant calf information. From top to bottom is the calf's number (X-1), BIZ (SAV Bismarck) is the sire, then the calf's birthday, with the Dam's number listed at the bottom.

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Registered Angus Heifer Calf and Dam
Registered Angus Heifer Calf and Dam

The newborn heifer calf is on the electronic scale with her attentive 2 year old dam watching over. X1 heifer calf born 10/4/14 and mom V6 born 10/9/12.

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Registered Angus Heifer Calf and Dam
Registered Angus Heifer Calf and Dam

The electronic scale is on clear display in this photograph, with the attentive Dam watching over.

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Registered Angus Heifer Calf and Dam
Registered Angus Heifer Calf and Dam

The electronic scale is on clear display in this photograph, with the attentive Dam watching over.

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Registered Angus Heifer Calf
Registered Angus Heifer Calf

Judy and Bill weighing one of Sedgewood Plantation's new registered angus heifer calves.

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Registered Angus Heifer Calf
Registered Angus Heifer Calf

Judy and Bill prepare to release a tagged calf back to it's impatient mother.

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Registered Angus Heifer Calf & Dam
Registered Angus Heifer Calf & Dam

Judy and Bill prepare to release a tagged calf back to it's impatient mother. One of our goals is to produce very attentive dams with strong maternal instincts that are not overly aggressive or dangerous to the handlers.

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Registered Angus Heifer Calf & Dam
Registered Angus Heifer Calf & Dam

Judy and Bill prepare to release a tagged calf back to it's impatient mother. One of our goals is to produce very attentive dams with strong maternal instincts that are not overly aggressive or dangerous to the handlers.

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Frank Sinatra, the barn cat.
Frank Sinatra, the barn cat.

Ol' Blue Eyes patrols the grounds near the squeeze chute.

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MILLIE & FRANK
MILLIE & FRANK

Millie and our Barn cat, Frank Sinatra, share a moment on our Yamaha Grizzly 700 ATV.

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A Sedgewood Registered Angus heifer.
A Sedgewood Registered Angus heifer.
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A Sedgewood Registered Angus Bull
A Sedgewood Registered Angus Bull

One of Sedgewood Plantation's Registered Angus bull that is currently for sale (as of 11/07/14). The bull is pictured in one of our working pens. Bull # is V254

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A Sedgewood Registered Angus Bull
A Sedgewood Registered Angus Bull

One of Sedgewood Plantation's Registered Angus bull that is currently for sale (as of 11/07/14). The bull is pictured in one of our working pens. Bull # is V254

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A Sedgewood Registered Angus Bull
A Sedgewood Registered Angus Bull

One of Sedgewood Plantation's Registered Angus bull that is currently for sale (as of 11/07/14). The bull is pictured in one of our working pens. Bull # is V254

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Millie Howard
Millie Howard

Millie as a puppy, circa 2001.

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Ann, Ashley, Millie, and Belle
Ann, Ashley, Millie, and Belle

A picture of the girls with the puppies, circa 2001. The girls have grown up ...but the puppies are still our puppies!

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Mille and Belle Howard
Mille and Belle Howard

The Millie and Belle taking a break from farm work.

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Millie & Belle in "Porch Dogs"
Millie & Belle in "Porch Dogs"

Millie & Belle were featured in Nell Dickerson's hardcover book, "Porch Dogs". http://www.amazon.com/Porch-Dogs-Nell-Dickerson/dp/0895875977#

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Nancy & Millie Howard
Nancy & Millie Howard

Nancy and Millie deliver feed to the cows in colder weather.

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A Sedgewood Registered Angus Bull
A Sedgewood Registered Angus Bull

One of Sedgewood Plantation's Registered Angus bull that was for sale last spring. Bull # is V247

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A Sedgewood Registered Angus Bull
A Sedgewood Registered Angus Bull

One of Sedgewood Plantation's Registered Angus bull that was for sale last spring. Bull # is V247

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Sedgewood Angus Embryo Donors.
Sedgewood Angus Embryo Donors.

Pictured are three of Sedgewood Plantation's Registered Angus Embryo donors. Cow numbers are F45, J10, & L27

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Sedgewood Power Cow at 15 years old.
Sedgewood Power Cow at 15 years old.

F45 has done an amazing job for Sedgewood and is still going strong at 15 years of age. She and two of her daughters have been "flushed" for donor eggs for use in our embryo transfer program.

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A Sedgewood Registered Angus Dam.
A Sedgewood Registered Angus Dam.

L27 is another fantastic registered angus embryo donor for Sedgewood Plantation.

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A Sedgewood Registered Angus Bull
A Sedgewood Registered Angus Bull

One of Sedgewood Plantation's Registered Angus bull that was for sale last spring. Bull # is V253

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Sedgewood Registered Angus Bulls
Sedgewood Registered Angus Bulls

A few of Sedgewood Plantation's Registered Angus bulls that were for sale last spring. Bull in front is # V303, an embryo transfer calf from Sedgewood's F45 as the donor Dam.

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Sedgewood Registered Angus Bulls
Sedgewood Registered Angus Bulls

A few of Sedgewood Plantation's Registered Angus bulls that were for sale last spring. Bull in front is # V303, an embryo transfer calf from Sedgewood's F45 as the donor Dam.

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A Sedgewood Registered Angus Bull
A Sedgewood Registered Angus Bull

One of Sedgewood Plantation's Registered Angus bull that was for sale last spring. Bull # is V230

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A Sedgewood Registered Angus Bull
A Sedgewood Registered Angus Bull

One of Sedgewood Plantation's Registered Angus bull that was for sale last spring. Bull # is V221

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Sedgewood Registered Angus Bulls
Sedgewood Registered Angus Bulls

A few of Sedgewood Plantation's Registered Angus bulls that were for sale last spring.

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Sedgewood Registered Angus Bulls
Sedgewood Registered Angus Bulls

A few of Sedgewood Plantation's Registered Angus bulls that were for sale last spring.

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Sedgewood Registered Angus Bulls
Sedgewood Registered Angus Bulls

A few of Sedgewood Plantation's Registered Angus bulls that were for sale last spring.

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Sedgewood Registered Angus Bulls
Sedgewood Registered Angus Bulls

A few of Sedgewood Plantation's Registered Angus bulls that were for sale last spring.

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Ann Howard and Sport
Ann Howard and Sport

Ann riding Sport, our retired quarter horse.

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