Cows to the mountain!
Short night, long day. I ran the “chuck wagon” which is entirely weird for me… but that meant I got to use my big camera. I always forget what better photos it takes!
I took Eden and Dally, and they were confused with me in the car not horseback… but when we hit the bogs… Eden didn’t care. She LOVED chasing them out and I can make you a minute movie if I get a chance.
You can’t hardly see her the grass is so tall!!!
For those of you who follow Red Dirt on Facebook or Twitter, you likely saw my request yesterday for prayers for my sister’s hip surgery. I’m pleased to say her surgery was a success. I’m not going to share lots of information without her permission, but it had to do with the freaky winds and impressive gusts yesterday. Here at my house, I only had 49 mph, but people are reporting limbs and trees down, campers ruined, electricity cut off… with NOAA saying one report up in the mountains was consistent with 90-100 mph winds! It was definitely wild there for a bit!
I’d love a few prayers sent winging their way to Wyoming for my sister. She is undergoing surgery today on her hip… long story, long night. Thanks!
The last bunch of cows is now on the Mesa Pasture! Yippee! Of course, that also means that we will have our BIG trail drive on Tuesday to take them to our Mountain Pasture. That means we will pack up for a snack and big picnic lunch…which means I need to go shopping tomorrow… ick! Well, back to the fun we had today.
Tess and the kids brought us cold drinks and cookies for when we finished and they used the Rhino.
Jaxon is in his car seat… Lacee in a front pack! It worked pretty good! Not much longer though, and Jaxon was over the excitement.
After all was said and done… Lacee enjoyed the little circle her daddy took her on!
Nice to see the kids helping out!
It’s been a while since we had a video… This one is a bit longer, but I thought I’d show you a couple of things.
We usually don’t trail this way, it tends to be more of a cross-country, bush-whacking kind of trail we do… or just a two track road… but, from the pasture they were in, this was the best route. In the first part of the video, the cows and calves are bawling for each other. Within a quarter of a mile, they had found each other again, and the last part of the video, you can see what a joy it is to trail cattle that are paired up.
Oh, there are some pairs that seem to never be able to keep track of each other, but for the most part, they try to stay together! A long strung out line is what you want, not bunched up in a wad. They can see each other, they can see you, they can see the dogs… and they all go marching along.
Now Marilyn just posed the question: “do your cows “know” where home is…would they just keep roaming and grazing on their own til they are moved to a new pasture or driven “home”…?” The answer is YES. Ha! Cows do know where they’ve been before, whether it’s a pasture or a hole in a fence, so yes, they know where home is. The trouble with that is all the fencelines and gates in between. If cows escape looking for the next pasture, they may or may not arrive… because, you know, SQUIRREL! (or GRASS!) We hope our cows respect fences, but… We’ve had them bust out of pastures to take themselves to the next (greener) place, but not quite make it… We had them spread all over with that huge blizzard once… We’ve had one end up in Kaycee, on the other side of the mountain. If they’re happy with their feed and water and weather… Cows are happy to stay where they are! That’s one reason we’re always counting cows… Indians count coup. We count cows.
Enjoy trailing along with us…
Trailing Along from Carol Greet on Vimeo.
Ride along as we trail cattle down the road!
Here’s something else you might not think of when it comes to gathering cattle…
If it’s hot, they brush up, aka, seek shade!
See that lonely little cedar bush?
Well, Dally notices something and Eden is watching her mentor intently…
Out pops a calf with Dally soon to follow! Atta girl, Dally.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell cow from shadow…