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Cow-Sorting Extravaganza, Part One

Every year in early August, we have a big cow-sorting weekend, which I have coined the annual Cow-Sorting Extravaganza.  There are 3 goals to this weekend: (1) select our replacement bulls and heifers and put them, along with their mothers, in a pasture together, (2) sort off our first-calf heifer pairs and pasture them separately from the older cows, and (3) put the remaining calves, who will be sold in the fall, and their mothers in a pasture together.  This requires an impressive list-making process, part of which you can see here. Not everybody’s mother has such impressive handwriting, I might add.

On Saturday, we sorted the cows at my parents’ place, and we got an early start before the sun came up.  Here are Dad (on Rooster) and Moxie…and Magnum’s ears…headed out to gather.

Apparently, even when I take a picture off the side of my horse, I get someone else’s horse’s ears in the picture…these are Copper’s ears.

It was a damp and dewy morning before the sun rose.

Here I am checking a pair off the list.  The calf on my left is obviously quite wild.  It’s actually the calf with the red face and white spot from the complementary calves I wrote about earlier this spring.

Including your horse’s ears in the photo is a genetic trait that I inherited from my mother.

After we had sorted out the first-calf heifer pairs and the replacement heifers, Mom counted the rest of the cows back out.

Stay tuned for Part Two of the Cow-Sorting Extravaganza later this week! I’ve been on the road grading 4-H beef, hog, and lamb carcasses. Just another way to tell that it’s fair season! I’m looking forward to traveling to Nashville on Friday – taking a couple of days to be a tourist before the Agvocacy 2.0 Conference on Monday and Tuesday!

Yours in travel,

The Asphalt Cowgirl

“Now our windshield’s a painting that hangs in our room, It changes each mile like the radio tune” —Rodeo Moon, Chris Ledoux

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