The last month has been quite a blur, but such the life of any farm family. Everything happens at the same time!  We finished planting, celebrated two birthdays, worked cows several times for AI breeding, the older boys finished up school and we traveled to Ohio to watch niece, Lori, graduate from high school. When we returned we were to sort cows and turn out bulls for summer clean up breeding. The bulls were close to the barns and on feed…they were ready to visit the ladies! We turn out and pull bulls on specific dates to control calving. Scott prefers to be done calving before we take off to the crop fields.

 

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The cows were caught in a small lot and were to spend the night until we could sort in the cool of the morning with Cowboy Dean’s assistance. It was to be a easy morning of sorting with the kids and I just watching from a distance.

 

The plan sounded great.

 

However, we awoke to  all the cows …gone. They hadn’t left the property, just turned themselves back out on 50acres of pasture/timber. Evidently that were not as excited to see the bulls. So much for the easy morning!

The boys drove out to the far side of the pasture and I walked the north side of the pasture. After we found the cow we  started walking the cows back to the corral.

 

Well, Dean, Scott, Owen, Cody and two of the dogs started walking. Levi, Reed and I followed with the RTV to keep the ladies and calves moving. It all  started pretty well.

 

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We used to work cows via horseback, but we have discovered it is often easier on foot. We have lots of timber and steep hills. The cows know the horses can’t get thru the thick brush and often take advantage of that. Not to mention I am totally not ready for 4 boys on horses!

All went pretty well, until the lead cow headed down into the timber and tried to turn everyone around.

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Luckily the guys -Cowboy Dean, Scott, Owen and Cody were able to get everyone back and into the corrals.

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After everyone was caught the sorting went rather smoothly. I am happy to report everyone is in the correct pasture with the correct bull. What an adventure! Wonder what tomorrow will bring.