Helping at the Neighbours

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Helping at the Neighbours

Post by Silver » Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:59 am

Been giving the neighbours a hand weaning and sorting the last two days. Four of us managed to wean and sort around 1,200 calves. Or about 1/3 of the herd.
I appeared to have a "captive audience" of freshly separated mothers and thought it would make a good picture. I Should have tried it in panoramic mode to better capture the numbers staring my direction.

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Re: Helping at the Neighbours

Post by Big Muddy rancher » Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:15 am

Quite the mob!

That is quite a job, do you guys sort on horse back?
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Re: Helping at the Neighbours

Post by Silver » Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:35 am

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Quite the mob!

That is quite a job, do you guys sort on horse back?
No, we sorted on foot. Which explains why I'm wore out. We used horsed to bring groups up, and to work out the odd cranky cow. Facilities at this location were not really handy for horse of foot work, so it was kind of a "make do" operation.

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Post by Big Muddy rancher » Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:15 am

With my bad knee I had half the crew and we split cows from calves and the rest of the crew worked on foot to sort the strs to ship out. Worked great but doesn't work in all situations.

If you can sit back and let the cows shift out mostly on their own it's amazing how many you can get split off without very much effort.
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Re: Helping at the Neighbours

Post by leanin' H » Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:24 am

Next time you need an extra hand, holler. I'll run right up :D
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Re: Helping at the Neighbours

Post by Silver » Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:09 pm

leanin' H wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:24 am
Next time you need an extra hand, holler. I'll run right up :D
I'm penciling you in for next October!

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Re: Helping at the Neighbours

Post by Big Muddy rancher » Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:14 pm

Make sure you give him a call the night before.lol
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Re: Helping at the Neighbours

Post by Nicky » Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:36 am

Big Muddy rancher wrote:
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Make sure you give him a call the night before.lol
Yeah, he might forget! That is a pile to sort on foot, you should be tired. When do you do the rest?

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Re: Helping at the Neighbours

Post by Silver » Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:51 am

Nicky wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:36 am
Big Muddy rancher wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:14 pm
Make sure you give him a call the night before.lol
Yeah, he might forget! That is a pile to sort on foot, you should be tired. When do you do the rest?
I'll be sure to remind him!
The work is ongoing there, it was time for me to get back to my own "to do" list.

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Re: Helping at the Neighbours

Post by Faster horses » Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:48 pm

Silver wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:51 am
Nicky wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:36 am
Big Muddy rancher wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:14 pm
Make sure you give him a call the night before.lol
Yeah, he might forget! That is a pile to sort on foot, you should be tired. When do you do the rest?

I'll be sure to remind him!
The work is ongoing there, it was time for me to get back to my own "to do" list.
With that many cattle, he must have a lot of hired help. Hopefully hired help that use horses. Would make it much easier.
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Re: Helping at the Neighbours

Post by Silver » Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:23 pm

Faster horses wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:48 pm
Silver wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:51 am
Nicky wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:36 am


Yeah, he might forget! That is a pile to sort on foot, you should be tired. When do you do the rest?

I'll be sure to remind him!
The work is ongoing there, it was time for me to get back to my own "to do" list.
With that many cattle, he must have a lot of hired help. Hopefully hired help that use horses. Would make it much easier.
There is some hired help. There is no shortage of horses around there, but for some reason the plan was not to do much sorting with them. I dunno. I just did as I was asked and helped as best I could, and used the horse whenever I had the chance.

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Re: Helping at the Neighbours

Post by Faster horses » Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:58 pm

Mr. FH went over to a neighbors to help brand, took his horse because we work cattle horseback. They used the horses to gather with then everyone tied their horses to the fence and 1 guy knocked the calves down (forgot what they call that) and then two guys held the calf down. Talk about a workout. He never went back. He has no issue with a calf table when it is used right, but that was ridiculous. Too many old guys making up branding crews to put up with that.
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