One Busy Month

It has been one busy month.  If anyone wanted to drive cattle, work cattle or drive more cattle again, it was the month to be at the Moore Ranch.  Jenny G. and her family were here.  Even though they couldn’t go on the regular Fall Cattle Drive,

they did get in on moving a set of cows about seven miles.  It had just begun to rain as we started gathering about 85 head of cows.  By the time we got them gathered and out the gate, the rain was over.

They also got in on moving some of the longhorns to another pasture.

Their week wasn’t complete without getting in on vaccinating some cattle that had just been shipped in.

All of September we weaned calves, vaccinated calves that arrived at the ranch, moved cows and bunched them up for the winter and then later drove them twelve or more miles northward on to winter pasture.

The first week of October the Longhorn cows left the ranch and were driven to winter pasture about 35 miles northeast.

Our last night we spread our bedrolls out in an old farm building.  It ended up being a good plan when the rain came down in sheets all night long.  Then next day it was a bit chilly and the Rattlesnake Creek had gone from absolutely dry to a river.  The cows had to be pushed across as they swam to the other side.

There were a few slow days in the month. Joe and I took time to check up on the two-year old colts one day as we were out riding pastures. All of them are curious. Hopefully they will be easy to halter-break this winter. That is “when things slow down”. I have never experienced that on our ranch. I have decided that being busy and slowing down must all be a state of mind and attitude. Slow or busy, I wouldn’t have life any other way than with my family on the ranch.

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