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Moving cattle to a new pasture, June 23, 2011

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Soapweed

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Moving cattle to new pasture on the other side of Clubhouse Lake
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One suck before the trek starts
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A couple bulls acting like teen-aged boys
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Doing the job myself while the rest of the crew is working on hay machinery. By "cheating" and using the Ranger,
I am able to pick up the four salt bunks in the same operation.
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They are ambling in the right direction, so it doesn't matter where I am stationed.
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Stringing along with no persuasion from the rear
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At the gate ready to enter
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The open gate
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My waiting steed
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They are about ready to come through. I will be too busy trying to get a count to take a picture of this part of the deal.
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A couple straggler bulls
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The last cow and calf to trail through the gate
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Cattle on the other side of the lake on new grass
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The last ones
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Trying to keep her tail dry. I had to go around through a couple other gates with the Ranger to put out the salt bunks
and refill them with salt and mineral.
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Ruffled reflection
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Heifer calves
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Cow and calf

No matter what method is used to move cattle, whether using horses, four-wheelers or dogs, gentleness and ease can be used.
I very much dislike the term "chase" when it comes to herding cattle. Maybe in a timed event at a rodeo, "chasing" is permitted,
but it arouses my ire in real life working situations. There, that is off my chest. :wink:
 

Hereford76

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that is a good looking pair at bottom, beautiful cow.... the calf could use a white face tho :p

if i had someone working on haying equipment for me i could probably do less chasing!
 

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You must have pulled rank to get the good job! :lol:
Nice pics, and you are 100% right. Slow is fast in the real world.
 

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Your calves look amazing, Soapweed. So does your grass.

You know we have always agreed with you about the best way
to work cattle. Whatever you use to do the job, "make no
dust" (or the least amount absolutely possible) sure works best
for us. Amazing how smooth things can go if your heart doesn't
beat too fast. :wink: :p :D
 

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