Today at the original Cross Timbers Bison Ranch, we are attempting to catch our yearling calves before their spring vaccinations. In this blog, we'll take a closer look at our adventure of attempting to catch the bison calves, the challenges we faced, and how we overcame them.
Our plan was simple: catch the calves without causing too much commotion or panic. We had already placed some feed for them, and we intended to sneak up on them from two different directions. The idea was to get them corralled and get the job done quickly, with minimal stress to the calves and the herd.
Catching the Calves:
As we approached the lane where the calves were, we realized that we were missing one. However, we decided to catch the ones we had first and worry about the missing calf later. We managed to catch four of them, but we still needed to find the fifth one.
To avoid stressing out the bison, we opened up the long run to give them more space. However, one of the calves managed to get through the fence and we realized it was Flo's baby, not Eleanor's. We quickly realized the importance of knowing the bison individually and avoiding mistakes that could cause unnecessary stress to the herd.
Catching bison calves is no easy feat, and we faced several challenges throughout the process. The calves are skittish and easily frightened, and it took a lot of patience and gentle coaxing to calm them down. We also had to keep an eye on the mamas, who were protective of their young and could get aggressive if they felt their calves were in danger.
Another challenge was catching Eleanor, one of our fan favorite and sweetest bison cows, who was always a bit tricky to catch. However, we were confident that Kevin could get the job done eventually.
After several attempts, we finally caught the fifth calf. We had managed to corral all five calves, and they were now safe and sound. We felt a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction knowing that we had achieved our goal.
Catching bison calves at Cross Timbers Bison Ranch was an adventure that we won't forget anytime soon. We learned a lot about the bison and their behavior, as well as the importance of patience and persistence when working with these magnificent creatures. As we watched the bison graze and the calves frolic, we felt a sense of gratitude and awe at being able to work with such amazing animals. It was a day well spent, and we look forward to more adventures at the ranch in the future. We want to express our gratitude to all of you who have shown support for our herd and contributed to the Cross Timbers Bison Ranch community. We are thrilled to have you on board and look forward to sharing more exciting updates from the ranch with you in the near future.
The Cross Timbers Bison Ranch Team
PS: Don’t forget to check out the full episode of this experience if you missed it!