~Young 'uns are better off farmin' than schoolin'.~
~Pauline Hunter 1910~
Yesterday was a good day in the saddle helping the 3J Ranch gather, sort and move cows. The calves had already been weaned off and moved to their other ranch.
|Ty on Cole...the dried grasses and the sun shining through|
the low, thin clouds make for a pretty photo.
We gathered over 150 head and brought them to the corrals. Then the fun part begins...sorting! Cows like the red one below are old and not productive for the ranch and need to be culled out. Colt got to use some fancy moves on those old, wise cows that didn't want to go out the gate.
|My fav view. You can see by Colt's mane that the wind was blowing.|
After sorting out the culls, taking them to a field by the house, it's time for lunch...and warm up! The wind was unmerciful and eventually drives the cold right through your winter clothes.
Then it's time to move the herd to a winter pasture where they will stay until it's cold enough and the feed is too sparse to sustain them and their unborn calf that they're carrying. They'll then be driven back to the ranch and be fed hay.
The whole trip was probably only 2 miles. But the cows had never been to this field before. Cows have an amazing sense of direction once they've gone there before...they will draw a line across the desert in their mind and start walking...most often they're right on.
So, we had to keep adjusting their course when they wanted to go left and they needed to go right.
|Across the flat...up and over the ridge.|
At the top of the ridge it was an awesome view, but the cloud cover was increasing...and the temperatures were dropping.
|Father and son...and a few good workin' dogs.|
Notice the butte in the background?
That's Hat Butte from the SE...it's out my kitchen window from the SW.
Cows love to run downhill...they do it every time!! Behind the little rise there's one last downhill stretch where the water source is. If you don't show the cows where the water is, they'll tear down the fences back to where their last known water source was.
|It's a downhill cow race!|
We arrived at the ol' homestead where the water trough had lots of cool, clean water...I wish I could have tied Colt up and explored the old buildings...but, there wasn't any time to dally.
|The ol' homestead...imagine what it looked like in the early 1900's.|
Water...everyone takes a turn...
We left the cows milling around the ol' homestead and the water trough...hoping they decide to stick around there and not try to come back home...you never know with a cow!
Happy Friday everyone...have a great weekend!!!
Linking into Farm Chick's Farm Photo Friday and Farm Friend Friday ~