Step One: Convince the girls they actually CAN exit through the gate that’s been closed to them all winter.
Step Two: The first real test for mommas and babies… can you please stay together as you transverse the ranch yard around tractors and sheds and granaries and gas tanks and trailers and… ?
Step Three: Cross the bridge. The cows see the green fields and boom! they’re across. It’s those little babies at the back that can be a problem… but not today. Today they crossed the bridge like troopers.
Step Five: Now up the other side without spilling them down the steep sidehill back into the bog. Good dogs are welcome here.
Step Six: Through the gate and into the badlands!
Step Seven: Pairs are matched out of the herd until every momma has her baby and every baby knows where its momma is.
Happy birthday, Matthew! Your first year has flown by! I love you!