One of today's "to do" for the fair was hoof trimming of the calves going!
This is the trimming table - the calf walks in the chute at the back end and his head is caught in the head chute at the front, then 2 belts are hooked under the calf's belly and pulled up to support the calf's weight then the table and calf are layed down so that the calf is laying on it's side and all 4 hooves can be trimmed!
This doesn't hurt - it is like trimming your toenails, well if you had really thick toenails and you used a grinder!
We do this because it gives the show calves a neater, cleaner appearance!
Caleb does a lot of beef cattle during fair times but spends the majority of time traveling taking care of large dairy cattle herds which are trimmed more for health reasons - Leontien from Four Leaf Clover Dairy has a great post about dairy cow pedicures!
I love this - Cole reassuring Holly that she is just getting her hooves trimmed not to be scared it won't take very long!