Monday, October 29, 2012
Calves Coming And Going
We went to the ranch this afternoon and was able to catch two of the large calves John is wanting to sell at the cattle auction. He tried this morning and they weren't having any of it. The weather is so nice I don't even mind going out there in the afternoon. He lures them into the pen and secures them in a small area where he can drive them into the chute and into his trailer which he has backed up to the narrow entrance. Then comes my job to pull up one foot (I don't get out and measure, lol) so he can get into the pens with the calves. Then he gets behind them and flails his hands to make them go the direction of the trailer and then no where else for them to go except right into the trailer. My job again to pull the truck with trailer attached away from the chute. You can see I have the important jobs, NOT. They kicked up a little fuss until we got on the highway and they calmed right down for the ride to town to the auction. John has already bought two young Brangus bull calves to mind the herd when they get old enough. They haven't moved in yet. As we passed the gate where the gas company has been working and putting the gas pipe across the highway and across the ranch we noticed they are working again. Have some equipment out there again and a pile of fine gravel. Not sure what they have to do except seed the grass. Poor turtles didn't get fed as we didn't have time. They come second to cattle selling and tending but they survived before I came along to feed them so I'm sure they will forgive and come swimming when I call them next.