Thursday, January 31, 2013

Working cattle

We have a lot of pastures that have no, or very poor facilities. Most are lease places, but some aren't. The cattle on these places have to be worked just like the ones close to the good pens. We have a choice, drive the cattle a long ways to some good pens, or work them the old fashion way. The choice is usually made by which is less stressful on the cattle.
 Had we chosen the drive, we would have started out at daylight, arrived at the pens midday, worked them, then driven a bunch of sore cattle back, arriving  around dark-30. The cattle would have laid around for the next several days not eating and not making money.
 The old fashion way, we showed up at 2:00 o'clock, penned them in a dry lot, worked them, and had them back grazing by 5:00 o'clock.
 I might add, this only works with a good crew, and these guys are some of the best.

These calves are weighing around 600 pounds. Thank god for young guys who don't mind working on the ground.

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