Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Cattle Coming Home for the Winter

 When hunters take to the hills, we try to have the cattle off the hills.
That means a cattle drive.  
We no longer use horses to chase cattle. The four wheeler and pickup trucks are better options when you have to ride over the countryside. There are too many gopher holes and badger holes and... 
We aren't as young as we used to be. 
Sometimes the cows just put their heads down and walk home. That did not happen today.
 They felt like milling around and walking to town. We made progress, but the pace was slow.  
Eventually the herd was in sight of their destination. Winter is setting in and the cows will be close to home during the upcoming months of cold weather.
The cattle will graze corn and barley stubble from harvested fields. 
With the goal in sight, their pace quickened. 
The local girls were standing at the fence calling out to their friends. 
 The cattle seemed as glad as we were to be close to home.
As the herd began to enter the field, Cattleman Jim drove up to open the gate for the local gals. 
There was no time to waste. They raced over to the herd. 
Contented cows on corn stubble in GriggsDakota.


  1. I wonder...do you lose any of your cows during your winters? How do they stay warm out there?
    I only have two and it doesn't get nearly as cold here in Texas, but I worry about them when it is freezing...

  2. Lana,
    If the cows have shelter, water, and sufficient feed, they do fine. Shelter is trees or windbreaks. Breeds that have a heavy winter coat do best. Herefords and Angus fit in this category.
    Glad you're following!

    1. Great! We have Angus...thank you for the response...I just wanted to make sure I was doing all I could since this is all NEW to me! Happy Harvesting!