Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Loading Cattle

Although there has been no snow, there is a cold snap in the air of GriggsDakota.
It's time to get the cattle out of the Summer pastures. 
The day was just past golden, pleasant and fading on both the trees and the ground.
 With more leaves on the ground than on the trees, Cattleman Jim sets up panels that will help with loading the girls and their calves into the trailers.
 There is more than one reason that we must remove the cattle from this area.
 The grass has stopped growing and begun Winter dormancy.
 A snowstorm would complicate this process and leave the cattle with nothing to eat. 
 Cattleman Jim uses his trusty four-wheeled steed to gather the herd.
On Friday these woods will fill with deer hunters. We don't want anyone mistaking our beef for their venison. 
The area is where Hudson Bay Company set up their fur trading station in the 1850's. It was the first settlement in the area, although trappers were travelers and did not stay here. They followed the fur down the river and around the area. The rich agricultural capability of the land in GriggsDakota was not drawn upon until about 1880.
 Historical Information is available on the link.
Although the day is cool, it is not windy. 
The quiet seems to help the cows stay calm.
Cows and calves hear one another readily and it is soothing. 
 Everyone is ready to go.
Loading is relatively easy after just a bit of milling around. 
Soon the pasture is empty. 
The cattle are ready to move on. 
With a bit of regret, we all leave Summer behind.


  1. Those photos are so cool! Love that scenery and the history of the place. We've still got a few leaves on the trees here in Tennessee but many blew off in this last front. Hope everything wrapped up well with the move!

  2. I just love your day and I love the pictures. That is amazing that you have that history around you. We are reading about that in our history book so it is so nice to see it now.
    It is so beautiful and so wild. It reminds me of the books by Willa Cather, like O' Pioneers.

  3. Love the photos! We just brought our cattle home from summer pastures on my family farm in southern Manitoba. And we separated the cows and calves. We call it Hoof n' Holler days!