Well, we finally got our first 5 loads of cattle in on Monday. Every summer, we keep 400-700 head of yearlings on pasture for a feedlot in Oklahoma but we missed last year due to the drought. The were surprisingly docile this year and it was very enjoyable to go out and get it done.
So, I just thought I would share a few pictures...
Double checking the count as the cattle came off the trucks
I'm lazy so I prefer to sit while I do that instead of stand...
Some of the cattle were being stubborn about unloading so Dad was next to the truck so he could bang on the side to urge them out.
After unloading, we've got our count sorted off and we're ready to drive them to their pastures
We're off like a herd of turtles
My brother (Jason) and I stayed ahead of them to get them through the intersections while Dad and Linda (step-mom) rode drag to keep them going. We had the dogs there but didn't use them much because the cattle aren't dog-broke yet.
The first group, we have to drive about 7 or 8 miles, down roads, across pastures, and across one really nasty creek that only has 1 safe place to cross (no pictures of that though, it's really woodsy down there and has steep sides and deep bog...best to keep both hands free LOL)
Getting close to the farthest pasture, I ride drag while Brother opens the gate on the hill
Taking the next group, Dad and I ride point while Linda rides drag