The in-laws have 200 dairy cattle and within the past few years they have started grazing them vs having them in the barn a majority of the time. This spring he took on some new pastures from neighbors to put heifers on so they could be out all summer too.
The father-in-law keeps dreaming of leap frogging the heifers to/from the pastures vs putting up a temporary corral, loading 5-7 animals and hauling them.
So my question is whats the best way to introduce the cows/heifers to the horses, and horses to the cows. The 2 riding horses don't seem to mind the cows at all, but the older cows do seem a bit curious/cautious of me on horseback.
Ideally it would be 30-75head, 2 horses, probably some areas poly wired off (neighbors lawns, ect...) 4 wheeler, and a truck ahead to stop traffic. The first heifer pasture is probably 2 miles then the second one another 2 miles from there.
Any good ways to do this? Or farther ahead to just buy a larger stock trailer and a few more pannels?