Normally we tag and tattoo when they are much younger but due to the few health setbacks Hubby was unable to complete that until the past week. Of course he chose a time when I was not around to help. He didn't know my sister watches after him. She kept her distance but took pictures so she could report to me and to give Hubby a hand if something went wrong. Luckily she just had to take pictures.
No one wants their baby to get a tattoo but it is far more humane than the old hot brands that used to be used. The purpose is two-fold, you can identify your stock and the tags contain a tick repellent. If the tag is lost, the tattoo remains.
All done except one. The calves won't come back to the corral even for food. It is the head gate that scares them not the result of what was done. Hubby never knew there was a spy in the tree line.