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post #11 of 41 Old 08-14-2012, 09:49 PM
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Wow, that would be so interesting! Subbing for more pictures.
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We would also rid a bull or extremely tough cow from the herd.

There is a difference between getting a cow hot and she gets on the fight, a wild cow that might need a little attention while handling and a flat out ignorant/mean cow or bull. The latter has to be culled. It is a danger to the horses and cowboys. These types usually have calves with the same temperament. Just like horses you don't want to breed undesireable characteristics into cattle, especially when holding heifers back.

Shooting them and eating on the ranch/station is a lot easier than hauling them to the auction. I imagine in AU it may be hundreds of miles to a sale. Eventually they all get their heads cut off anyhow, it is a matter of when. Hamburgers got to come from somewhere! :)
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Awesome pictures! Keep 'em coming :)

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Lauren, I love the pictures!! That just looks like too darn much fun . Keep the pix and information coming, I'm always interested in learning how other folks handle their cattle.

Phelan, like others said, a mean natured cow/bull is one of the most dangerous creatures a person on a ranch could ever handle. They are big and strong and very seldom have any problem at all with straight up running your horse over which could easily cripple/kill a good horse. And, the longer they are left, the worse they get. Cattle like that pose an even bigger threat to the humans that end up working around them afoot trying to sort them or load them into trailers. I've had horses get knocked down by cattle and I know a horse can take a hit from a 1000 pound cow a lot better than my frail little body can.

There is just no safe way to handle cattle like that so the only option is to destroy them before either horse or human gets hurt bad.
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Neat! Shorthorns are among my favorites, too.
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post #16 of 41 Old 08-14-2012, 11:24 PM
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Awesome pictures! What an experience!

Forgive me though, what does 'mustering' mean?
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post #17 of 41 Old 08-15-2012, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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Exactly. These are cattle that haven't seen people from anywhere from a year to their whole like in the case of cleanskin mickeys and cows, and try just have no respect for the horses bikes or buggies. We don't automatically get the gun out, if they break from the herd the buggy runs them round a bit and brings them back. We brought in a bunch of cleanskin mickeys and cows on each of the outside musters that we're relatively well behaved.

We do our own killers here too but we generally pick a pretty nice young steer. Yumm.

Paradise, mustering is basically gathering all the cattle in one paddock or area and walking them to a set of yards to be processed and sold or put into different paddocks. Here in Australia it is done with horses, motorbikes, mustering buggies and helicopters or planes. Mustering season is the six or so months over the dry season, or winter.
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Another photo out mustering.

A beautiful Pilbara sunrise.

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post #19 of 41 Old 08-15-2012, 03:09 AM
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Basically if a cow keeps breaking out of the mob and having a go t the horses or motorbike, and it looks like we won't get her to the yards then the boss knocks her over and shoots her. If he leaves them they are just more wild next year and they take more with them each year. We found one rogue cow this year who got away a few years in a row and she was charging the chopper and nearly tipped a horse over running into it! Same with scrub bulls except they are worse to let go as they multiply!!

My good deed is done for the day, found a little calf that got left behind yesterday so I caught him and tied him up and brought him up to the yards. Another one nearby had already been taken by dingoes.
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Ohhh, I understand. That's too bad, but I understand why it's done. D: I was going to ask if they end up getting used for meat, the ones that are shot, but I guess that's inevitable even if they're not used by humans, I bet the carnivores appreciate it. XD Glad you rescued the calf. :3

Whoa, beautiful photos! Those two in your last post are exquisite!
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We picked up a poddy calf today. He was born in the yards Wednesday night, and after trucking them to their new paddock yesterday, we went back to pack up the portable yards and found him all alone. Poor little fella. I'll have pictures to lost of him soon :)
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