This is one of the biggest fields (government allotment) that they run pairs on. There are fences out there across the sage brush sea...just very hard to see (even when you're close to them and know where to look). I don't know how many acres, but some fields can run thousands of acres. It takes time and the more riders there are the easier it is of course.
|Gathering Krumbo Field|
After getting the pairs all gathered, we needed to take them through a neighbor's pairs and bulls to the next field over. We sit at the gate for a good hour waiting for the cows and calves to mother up before pushing them through the gate and pushing them hard to get through the other herd...hoping that we can keep the two herds separated.
It could have gone better. Two of Dan's calves ran back out of the herd and they couldn't be brought back, and three pair and a bull of the other herd insisted on getting into Dan's herd. Once they're in the herd, you just have to take them with you and sort them out at the destination. It's a pain, but it works.
|Takin' a Break = Patience in Motherin' Up|
The wind was cold...and it spit snow on us for a lil' bit. But the sun finally came out in the late afternoon though the wind never did let up.
The slick calves got branded (My Man and I got to rope...best part of the day!!) and all in all it was a great day.
OH...gotta say that Red Dog was startin' to get the idea about moving cows...he was trying...but we still have a long way to go.
And, the scenery was gorgeous!
|Spring Snow on Steens Mountain|
So today, Sunday, My Man and I are doing everything we didn't get done at our place yesterday plus what needs to be done today...better get my arse in gear!
Have a wonderful Sunday and a great week ahead!