Extended family and friends arrive
to help with the day’s work ahead.
I grab my cow book and clip board,
while Dad lays out the plan of action.
Calves are sorted off from the cows
and brought into a separate pen near
the branding fi re. We would start the
calves fi rst, with two of my younger
cousins roping and dragging them to
the Nord Forks tethered to a rope and
anchor drilled into the dirt.
The ropers mount up and start.
Vaccines are administered, castrating
is done on the bull calves, and a Y4
brand is laid on the left hip. Next
up, the cows are worked through the
chute. Vaccines are administered and
replacement ear tags are given to the
cows that have lost theirs. After all the
cows are worked we are fi nally able
to have a really late lunch. Everyone
heads to their respective homes and
the cattle and horses are let back
out to their pens. All animals fed, of
course, and it’s time for bed.
MONDAY, MAY 21
Today we will be bringing a couple
loads out to their respective pastures.
The cows are brought up to the working
pens. I quickly consult the cow book
and pairs are organized to which pastures
they need to be brought to. The
trailers are hooked up to our truck and
the cows are paired back up with their
calves, loaded up and hauled to pasture.
We took two loads out before lunch.
After setting the cows loose on
a fresh batch of grass, the house is
cleaned, and the kids are back at the
schoolwork. Around fi ve o’clock, the
cows that are still at home are fed,
the horses fed and the sun sets on
another great day.
TUESDAY, MAY 22
Today I had to make a trip into town
even though it’s something I’m not a
fan of; I am not your typical woman,
I hate shopping. I only do it when
necessity demands. This trip’s errands
consisted of a short stop at the bank,
the local feed store to pick up chicken
feed for our broiler chicks, and a one
hour stop at Costco for groceries.
Made a really fast lunch and then
had to get the horses caught and saddled
once more. Once again the cows
were brought up to working pens.
Stock trailers hooked up to the trucks
and paired cows and calves loaded up
and hauled to pasture.
Every few days, I end up cleaning
Seth and Rachel Connell
with their kids, Lance
(L), Katie and Wyat.
The Y4 herd is a mix of Angus
and Hereford genetics.
58 I WORKING RANCH I JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2019