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Corral update

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Corral update

Postby Nicky » Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:18 am

I seem to have neglected keeping you updated on our corral progress. We got everything done except the scale and loading chute in less than two months. Not bad for just the two of us doing it and the rest of normal ranch work. The scale guy couldn't come and certify it in time so we shipped out of the neighbors one last time. Sorting went fine considering the cows didn't know what to do. The calves were a little light but not too bad for the dry year.

Notice the bucket truck in the background? It belongs to our neighbors and he brought it up for us to use to do the overheads. It ran the evening he brought and never started again :???: We finally drug it out of the way and it's still here.
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So, this is how we did it, probably not OSHA approved.
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A pretty boring summer for the dogs
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Lot's of gates
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All done and ready to go :)
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Shipping day,only picture of the day unfortunately.
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Bangs vaccinated the heifers the next day
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Brought home our well traveled alleyway from the leased place, plan to make a permanent one this winter. The downhill slope didn't seem to matter.
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Pregged the cows that day too. I wouldn't say the bud box was self loading but it worked well. Didn't time ourselves but we started about 1:30, did 30 heifers and 218 cows and were done well before sunset.
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Had a bizarre ending to a great day of cow working. Had a CRAZY cow of the neighbors for part of the summer, told them we'd get her in when we worked the cows. Mike had her and her calf sorted off, called the neighbor to come get her. He had his trailer backed up and Mike brought her up with his horse. She ran around the bud box once, lined out for the gate, hit it and killed herself :shock: Thank goodness the neighbor was there when it happened!
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Put a pretty good kink in the gate but Mike's welds all held :)
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A few days later took the cows to the BLM permit on the river.
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We've actually been getting some nice little rains so the dust is settled and things are greening up. Temperatures are mild so should be a good fall for the cows.

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Re: Corral update

Postby Faster horses » Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:44 am

Looking good! You will love having lots of gates in your working facilities. Mr. FH says you can't have too many gates. :D
Just think, that is a job you won't have to do again and you will enjoy them every time you work cattle.

Good thing the owner was there when the cow killed herself. Good riddance, I would say. Amazing how one wild
cow can stir up a whole bunch.
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Re: Corral update

Postby Big Muddy rancher » Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:48 pm

Nice set up, bet you guys enjoyed working the cows this fall.

It never fails, you get a new gate and something need to bend it right off. We had just hung new 6 bars Hi Hog gates in the new barn, had a wild cow hit me broke my arm and worked me over in the dirt then proceeded to try and jump out but hit the top pipe and bent it. I might forgive her for my arm but I see that gate and cuss her every time.
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Re: Corral update

Postby cracker hand » Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:26 am

For us it is usually a tree falling on a gate. It never falls on the barbed wire next to the gate, it hits the gate square. Gates are no match for 50 foot oaks.

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Re: Corral update

Postby RSL » Fri Oct 28, 2016 7:44 am

That is a nice setup. I would volunteer to come and check cows next summer, and you could come up here and do the "regular ranch duties" and build us a setup like that. :D
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Re: Corral update

Postby leanin' H » Tue Nov 01, 2016 12:45 pm

Just one more reason I gotta lope over to eastern Oregon and see you guys. That is a dandy setup and you will enjoy it for a long time. The high desert here and yours look a lot alike this fall. We have also got enough rain to settle the dust and it sure has helped freshen our grass. Nice set of pens!!! You sure Mike isn't a surfer from the way he was balanced on his perch? Ridin' the forks takes on a new meaning! :lol2:
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Re: Corral update

Postby Nicky » Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:17 pm

leanin' H wrote:Just one more reason I gotta lope over to eastern Oregon and see you guys. That is a dandy setup and you will enjoy it for a long time. The high desert here and yours look a lot alike this fall. We have also got enough rain to settle the dust and it sure has helped freshen our grass. Nice set of pens!!! You sure Mike isn't a surfer from the way he was balanced on his perch? Ridin' the forks takes on a new meaning! :lol2:



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Re: Corral update

Postby leanin' H » Tue Nov 01, 2016 2:00 pm

Nicky wrote:
leanin' H wrote:Just one more reason I gotta lope over to eastern Oregon and see you guys. That is a dandy setup and you will enjoy it for a long time. The high desert here and yours look a lot alike this fall. We have also got enough rain to settle the dust and it sure has helped freshen our grass. Nice set of pens!!! You sure Mike isn't a surfer from the way he was balanced on his perch? Ridin' the forks takes on a new meaning! :lol2:



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Re: Corral update

Postby PPRM » Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:05 pm

How did you like the Box?
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Re: Corral update

Postby Nicky » Thu Nov 03, 2016 6:25 pm

We like it, and I'm sure it will get better the more the cows go through it.

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Re: Corral update

Postby Silver » Thu Nov 03, 2016 6:46 pm

Looks great Nicky! You will enjoy those pipe corrals forever.

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Re: Corral update

Postby Soapweed » Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:59 pm

Nice. Looks like it should work very well.


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