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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Back & Forth, Up & Down, North to South

The seasons go by quickly...it seems like we just moved Rancher Dan's cows north to Princeton for the winter, and now we're already moving them south to Diamond to calve!

Day One:

The temperature was in the teens, but the sun was shining, and the wind kept itself to a minimum. We started early so we could get the cows across the desert before the ground surface got greasy and hard to travel on.

Four new calves were born that night, so we had to cut them out and leave them behind. Many of the cows looked like they were ready to pop any moment! Today's trip is about 14 miles.


Cow Drive
Starting out across the desert...the sage brush sea.

The cows were moving out really good...they kept up a steady pace and stayed on track most of the time. Their internal GPS was pretty much on target!


Across the Sage Brush
Looking back at where we came...between the two buttes.

There were spots of snow under the sage brush and ice covered the water holes. But by the time we reached the county road, the ground had started to thaw out and it was mucky.

Counting
Counting cows through the gate...the numbers are all recorded in the Red Book.

I was bundled up from head to toe...including insulated bib overalls, wool railroad cap and hooded sweatshirt...I didn't look like much, but I stayed relatively warm. We started the cows out at about 8 AM and arrived at the half way point around 3 PM.


From the Horse's Eye
On the county road...we walked our horses to keep our ol' bones movin'! This is the view from Colt's eye.

Rastus got to help some when a few cows would decide they needed to veer off track...and he did a very good job...I was proud of him since he's been off all winter with just a few practice days on our cows. When we got onto the county road, there's a fence on both sides, so there wasn't much need for his help. But Rastus was content to just be there.


Lined Out
The cows are lined out for over a mile.

Rancher Dan's wife showed up with refreshments and food. Even though it was cold, the beer I had tasted pretty good! We waited for the sandwiches until we got to the destination...too cold to take my gloves off!


Walking Shadows
My two good boys.

Everyone arrived safely and the cows went straight for the hay that had been laid out for them...except for one cow who went straight to the fence line, stopped in the corner and burst her water...the first of how many calves for that night?

Tomorrow...day two~

Participating in:
Rurality Blog Hop #4

Rurality Blog Hop #4


14 comments:

cheyenne jones said...

If I say, I envy you the fact, that you do this, please dont take it the wrong way. But I do, it looks fantastic.

Nell at njschout said...

Thanks for sharing your interesting day!

~ Janis said...

A good days work with good workers.
A real Team effort. Makes our roundups and summer moving of cattle look mild in comparison. Great post and photos!
Janis In Vermont
www.tailgait.blogspot.com

Crystal said...

Sounds like a good day but maybe a few days earlier woulda been a bit better, lol before any calves were born.

Susan said...

Glad everything went smoothly. Love the new header photo.

Shirley said...

Love the new header!
Even a cold day moving cows is a good day when you can do it on the back of your bestest horse. At least you had sunshine!

jean said...

Very fascinating! I love the photo showing the cows walking all the way up the road. It would be interesting to see this in person.

Hanne Bente said...

Nice pictures you show ..... Wish you a good day / good weekend :) Hanne Bente

thecrazysheeplady said...

Lovely!

lisa said...

I of course agree with everyone else, love the new header! I especially agree with Cheyenne Jones!

acreativeharbor.com said...

Always amazing photos of your life style ~ you work hard ~ love Rastus! ^_^

Thanks for your comments ~ slow to respond (had flu bug)

TexWisGirl said...

not a part of life many of us get to experience. love the hard-working pup.

and glad the calves and cows are doing well together (from today's post).

thanks for stopping in!

Candy C. said...

Ya'll put in a long day but it is good, honest work! I'll bet not many feel that way! ;)
I always enjoy seeing your pictures of the wide open spaces. It's different vegetation than ours.

Madge Bloom said...

Thank you for joining in 'Rurality Blog Hop #4' Hope to see you next Wednesday for #5... (PS I love your new header, it has that fabulous light that I fell in love with in your valley!)

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