Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Ten Things to Know When Moving Cattle


1. Know where you are taking the cattle and/or the general direction
2. Keep your eyes on the cattle and pay attention
3. As you begin gathering don't get in front of anyone elses cows
4. Don't crowd or rush the cattle but keep them moving
5. Do not leave any cows, bulls or calves behind - there are a few exceptions!
6. Keep your horse at a walk unless you need to move faster to take care of a situation
7. Since your horse walks faster than cows at times it is necessary to stop your horse
8. DO NOT run your horse at the cattle unless there is a reason
9. Count the cows, count the cows, count the cows
10. And most importantly be gentle with the cattle they are your livelihood

10 comments:

Grey Horse Matters said...

A good list to keep in mind if you are a cattle person.

Paintsmh said...

Ten very important things. And one of mine, when bringing heifers out of the indoor pen with ones father, make sure he stays the heck out of your way, or chances are he will get fidgety and run them over you.

Cynthia said...

Ran across your blog while participating in the 31DBBB. Your "list post" about moving cattle caught my attention and I just had to visit. What a great blog. I am a city girl (just outside of Chicago) but love to ride thru the country taking pics of cows. None of my pics compare to yours. Great job. Thanks.

the Bag Lady said...

Count the cows. Count the calves. Count the cows. Count the calves.
This is true everywhere!

Great list. (We don't drive our cattle anymore, unless you consider loading them into a stock trailer and transporting them to summer pasture "driving"!)

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

Good list!

Pony Girl said...

Great tips if I ever get to help move cattle. I would like to someday....it is on my bucket list. ;) Nice picture to accompany this post....that blue sky is to die for!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

This is fascinating stuff. Moving cattle is one of the things on my Bucket List. There's a lot more to it than most folks think.

Thanks for sharing,
~Lisa
Tijeras, NM

Kritter Keeper said...

i found your blog from maqua-kil farms and your header made me smile...you all look like you have a lot of fun. but when i read your post i was immediatly drawn in...not a cow girl in the least but find your blog so interesting...why do the mothers not slow down for their babies? that is strange to me...your dog is very cute!

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