I'm coming in just a little late to the party
. We usually have to do things a bit differently around here, mostly because it's harder than hell to find a truly good hand so it's usually just one or two people to gather up a wild cow (though most aren't really "wild", just farmerized LOL). We don't keep any cattle of our own, but we do a lot of daywork for surrounding farmers/ranchers/feedlots and we keep pasture cattle for a feedlot in the summertime. They are usually those long-eared yearlings that come out of Mexico or Louisiana and have been herded with 4-wheelers their whole lives:roll:. We usually spend the first month doctoring sick ones and fixing fence.
When they get up here and get the dog and nylon treatment, they figure things out pretty quick
I actually get to go play cow-catcher on Sunday, a local farmer shipped out his cows this last weekend, but one of them kept crashing the corral fence and running over folks so he has requested my brother and I to bring our good horses and get her trailered by any means possible
. Ought to be fun.
Oh, and just touching on the dog thing, I much prefer a good border collie with some courage. Send out 3 of them after a tough cow and they'll bring her back to you one way or another....she may have both ears ripped up and fang slashes all over her body, but they'll keep after her until she goes the way she's supposed to. I always got a kick out of our old stud dog Bill. When we got fresh yearlings in the spring, he was the one we would use to dog-break them. If they tried to fight, he would just tear them up and when they finally figured out that the safest place was milling around our horses, there would always be a handful that had big old long cuts on the face or the flank from his teeth.
Now, we've got a couple of crops of young dogs that are by him...and every one of them is just as tough as he is.