Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Moving cattle

I made the mistake of going off with the young guys this morning. They wear me out! We still had a few wayward steers to capture, then some heifers to move to some better pasture. We are having to go as hard as we can in the mornings, trying to beat the heat. It's been 102 - 105 degrees every afternoon. Things should settle down and kind of get back to normal after we ship our last load of steers tomorrow.

Tied down, not dead, we'll be back with a trailer to load him in later

Today's crew, Kyle, Chase, and Seth

I figured out a long time ago, that when driving cattle through new country, they need a leader. With me and the gray mare leading the way, Seth and I moved these 50 heifers a couple of miles down a county road without much trouble. Had we both been pushing from the rear, they more than likely would have gone through what passes for a fence on the left when they got tired. We'd of been all day trying to get them out of that place.


  1. Moving heifers can be so much fun! :) Like a pinball machine. Almost as much fun as getting the bulls out of the cows. That's what we have been doing the past 2 days! And moving cows BEFORE our heat arrives next week. Hows your buddy doing? Recovering ok? I hope so.

  2. Steve walked down the hall yesterday. He has a long way to go, but it's a start.

  3. That is a GREAT start. Yep. A long road ahead. My husband broke his back and smashed all his ribs, along with other stuff 15 years ago. He has 10 vertebrae fused down his spine. Car accident. Took him awhile to recover. First thing he did 2 months out of the hospital was go deer hunting! Walking was his best therapy! Good luck to Steve.