The mother cow looks on as Dan Reinke, left, tags the right ear of a newborn calf as his son Warren Reinke, 11, holds the calf Thursday evening at the LIO Ranch on Beckton Hall Road near Sheridan. The right ear of the calf is tagged to indicate a male, left for female. Calving is an annual event seen in cattle country starting as early as February through April. Calving involves intensive work for local ranchers, including round-the-clock checking the pasture for newborns, checking for signs of problems, making sure that the mother and calf bonds and keeping the calf warm during inclement weather. Calves are tagged on the ear with an identification number and the ranch brand for tracking lineage and for sorting purposes. Once the calves are at least 3-weeks old, the calves will be branded and receive vaccinations – young bulls will be castrated. Year-old steers will be sold at auctions in the fall to support the ranch; heifers will be kept for expanding the number cattle head at the ranch. Justin Sheely/The Sheridan Press.
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