Cows Get Vaccines For Winter | Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet

ATVS DRIVING] So some of the cattle got out. So we’re trying to
get them back in. NARRATOR: At Dev
Hurlburt’s farm, some runaway cattle have Dr.
Michelle Oakley on the run. Oh, I guess those are your
last two into this pen here. Hey! [cows mooing] [gate squeaking] I should have been
a dog– a shepherd. A shepherd, some kind of dog. (SINGING) Who let the cows out? [mooing] We got them all in, now we can
started on the rest of the day. Keep it coming so it
doesn’t turn around. NARRATOR: On the agenda,
vaccinations and checkups for Deb’s newest herd of cows. Today, we’re
going to be running the baby calves through. So these animals, they’re born
anywhere from the 1st of April through to the 1st of August. NARRATOR: The harsh Yukon
winter is fast approaching and Deb must make
sure these babies have all they need to survive. This is it. First one today. DR MICHELLE OAKLEY: So
we’ve got a busy day today. One of the reasons we want to
get done before the snow flies is that, you know, these
cattle are not hanging around, they’re not in a feedlot,
they’re not close by, they are out to pasture. I mean, way out. And you’re not getting them
back in to check on them or any of that. So they need to
be de-wormed now. Oh, ho, ho. There we go. We have to vaccinate
everybody, they need to have all this
stuff done because he’s basically not going to see them
for, like, five, six months. Check. Check. Release. Spank her out. MAN: Come on, calf. OK, run it down the same. Ho, ho. Ho. NARRATOR: As the calves make
their way through the shoot, Michelle is paying extra
attention to the males. Is it a male or female? I don’t know,
I’m not a doctor. DR MICHELLE OAKLEY: So as we’re
running the calves through, we’re just double
checking the steers– those are the males that were
castrated a couple months ago. They were castrate with banders. That means we take
this rubber band, it gets stretched
with an instrument, and it goes over the
base of the scrotum. Then basically, that just
cuts off the blood supply and within a few days the
scrotum just shrivels up and falls off. Yeah, he’s done. Every now and then, when
you’re placing the band, it’s possible for one of
the testicles to slip up. So we basically have to check
each one to see, you know, was it banded properly
because he could be fertile, and so he could be
impregnating cows in the middle of winter,
which means they’d be calving in the winter next year. So we don’t want that to happen. He looks like he’s
been done too. Oh, yeah. Vaccine. Check. OK, good. I think we’re on number 10– somewhere between there and 100. Yep, nothing there. Nothing but lost dreams. [laughs] Yeah, he’s done. You’re pretty. You’d be tough to
see in a snow storm. It is a female, so she
just needs her vaccines. There’s only one problem
about things going to good– DR MICHELLE OAKLEY: Yeah. We’ll be done too soon. DR MICHELLE OAKLEY:
That sounds good to me.

16 thoughts on “Cows Get Vaccines For Winter | Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet

  1. Rounding up these calves to get vaccinated is a tough job, but is very important to be accomplished before winter. What are your thoughts on this process?

  2. Anti-Vax: That's okay. Cows need to get vaccines to make sure they prevent diseases!
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