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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Rural Thursday ~ Sorting 'n Trailing

We only have two cows, but it's wonderful to live close to neighbors that have hundreds...and they ask for help sometimes!!  When we moved here over six years ago, I never dreamed that I'd get to brand, sort and move cattle...My Man and I call it "livin' the dream."

The 3J Ranch is just a few miles from our place, so it's a quick trailer haul to their place...and Monday we sorted branded cow/calf pairs from those that weren't branded. Then the branded pairs were taken out onto the range land where they'll spend spring and summer feeding.

It was a cloudy day, but fairly warm...68 or so. Perfect for working the cows. Not so good for photos, and I take my lil' point 'n shoot instead of the good camera.

Ty searches for branded pairs

We gathered the field and put them all into a corner. There were five of us...three held herd and the other two searched for pairs. Obviously the most important thing is to get the right calf with the right mother!


This pair heads out of the bunch.
As they pair up, we let them out of the herd and back into the field. That's My Man on his horse Whiskey in the background. The other lil' calf came up to sniff noses with Whiskey...it made a real cute photo for yesterday's Wordless Wednesday shot!

Once we've got all the branded pairs out, two of us held the remaining herd in the corner while the other three riders (yes, one was on an ATV as you see below) gather up the pairs and move them through the gate.

Moving the pairs to range land
The dogs do their job too...they help a lot when a calf wants to go back (because they are easily confused). Calves can out run a horse over the rocky terrain...the dogs get in their and get them turned around in quick time. We were moving over 150 pair on this trip.


Colt is winking at you!

By now the sun is getting lower in the sky and we put our jackets back on. We only had to trail them a couple of miles to the first watering hole.
The lead cows smell water and the herd trails out nicely

Once they arrive at the watering hole, we wait for the cows and calves to "mother up" again. Sometimes the cows are too busy wanting to eat the fresh green grass to care where their calf is...it can be a long wait...

Colt 'n yours truly
Thanks for comin' along!!


I'm linking up today with Nancy at A Rural Journey and Lisa at Two Bears Farm for the Rural Thursday #12 blog hop...come join us!!



19 comments:

Tanya said...

thanks for having me, that was fun! i enjoyed the pictures too :)

Jan n Jer said...

Great shots...I felt like I was there. Looks like lots of patience n hard work!

Dreaming said...

It looks like a long day in the saddle... but oh, what an adventure!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Looks like a lot of work - but mostly fun work! Great pictures.

Paint Girl said...

I have alwayz wanted to do that! Looks like a lot of hard work and a lot of fun!!

Paint Girl said...

Oops, meant always! Blogging by phone means lots of typos!

Shirley said...

A good day in the saddle!

Susan said...

Yep, the pictures can look exciting, but there's always a lot of slack time when sorting and trailing cattle. I'll bet it was a great day, though.

Andee said...

What I wouldn't give to tag along. Looks like a great way to spend the day.

A Quiet Corner said...

What an awesome day!...:)JP

Linda said...

After so long out of the saddle, I am sure I will be sore after the day on the range...but it sure does look fun! Thanks for sharing the ride!

Candy C. said...

Your pictures all turned out great! I always love the ones "through" your horse's ears! It looks like you guys had a good day and the cows behaved! :)

Crystal said...

Sounds like a great day, I have to go to neighbors to help do that too as my hubby prefers the 4 wheeled horse (atv) to do cow work and my horses are not entirely convinced they should work alongside him, but they are learning.

bailey-road.com said...

What an awesome post! Loved it.

heyBJK said...

Very cool photos! I love seeing working horses and cattle!

Cheyenne said...

Once again, you have made others happy! A real pleasure to come along, thanks.

Nancy Claeys said...

What a wonderful post -- the scenery is breathtaking! Thanks so much for sharing with Rural Thursday this week.

Madge Bloom said...

'Mother up,' I like that term... thanks for the ride!

NixBlog said...

Love these photos!

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