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ZELLER:Shipping day a thrill on the ranch

Shipping day has come and gone for us. It's my second favorite day of the year, with the first being branding day, of course. Mother Nature sure graced us with beautiful weather, didn't she? It sure beat shipping day two years ago, when we were l...

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Photo by Jenn Zeller
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Shipping day has come and gone for us. It's my second favorite day of the year, with the first being branding day, of course.

Mother Nature sure graced us with beautiful weather, didn't she? It sure beat shipping day two years ago, when we were layered up and freezing. As always, we had good help from friends, family, neighbors and it was lots of fun.

True to form, I had my trusty iPhone with me; and I ran home and got my big camera after the gather.

There were a couple bull calves to castrate that somehow got missed at branding, and heifers to wean. We use weaning rings and turn the calves back out with their mamas for a week or two. The bulls got fancy bands on their boy-parts, a tetanus shot, and rings in their noses, and the heifers, well they just got nose rings.

I have a nose ring, so I'm partial to this type of jewelry! And, of course, the need to have access to the noses of the calves provided the crew with a chance to practice their head and heel loops. You won't find any of us complaining about that. Calf prices on the other hand ...

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Happy Trails!

Editor's note: Zeller is a South Dakota cattle rancher who raises Angus, Brangus and Quarter Horses with her husband and his family. She is an award-winning photographer, barrel racer and artist. Contact Zeller at jennifer@thesouthdakotacowgirl.com .

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