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On The Farm: Dirty jobs

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CREAL SPRINGS -- Work never stops on a farm, and many of those chores are far from glamorous.

"Tucked up amongst all these cows, it's not always easy to find the one you want," Jeff Beasley says while searching his herd for a sick calf, in order give it a dose of antibiotics.

This dart gun contains an antibiotic that can be easily, and painlessly, administered to the sick animal without having to move them.

"This just allows us a better opportunity to treat the cattle in their natural environment and keep it as low stress as possible," he says.

While the large number of cattle can lead to some illnesses, it can also lead to something else.

"It's just a natural occurrence, when you have livestock, especially a large number of livestock, you're going to have manure accumulate," Beasley says.

But Beasley leaves nothing to waste. The manure is loaded up and then spread across fields to be used as a cheap and natural fertilizer. Spreading the manure is a dirty job, but Beasley says it's important that it gets done.

"It helps sustain the environment so to speak, and we're just reusing and recycling what the cattle are naturally producing," Beasley explains. "So it's kind of a win-win situation even though, as I said, it's not one of those glamorous jobs that you look forward to doing."

When completely full, the spreader can hold six tons of manure. Spreading that manure is typically a seasonal job during the summer and fall months.

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