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…
Ride along as we trail cattle down the road!