Uprooted Magnolia

Cooed, Mooed, and Tattooed

Posted in Branding, Cattle Roundup, Photography, Ranching by leahyetter on April 12, 2011

We got ’em. Patrick separated the cows from the calves while I got the vaccines ready. They started out with just a coo for their momma. Then the mooing got louder and louder.

“This hurts me as much as it hurts you little ones”, I tell them. I always tear up a little during brandings. But it’s a law, it has to be done.

They bounce back up after it’s all over. “Alright now #48, no disrespect. C’mon now”.

They look good though. I refused to do the actual branding so the guys had to get them to the ground and tattoo while I vaccinated. I was efficient while handing over the irons and giving shots at the same time if I do say so myself.

We were done in less than 40 minutes. They mothered up and started sucking almost immediately.

It was a little chaotic but they stayed paired up for a little while. Then we opened the gate to let them out.

And they hauled butt!

A few little ones went the wrong way so Patrick and one mother went to get them and lead them in the right direction. Even young calves think they know everything.

And off they ran to new pasture.

Phew! That group of 20 is done. Only 300 or more to go.


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  1. wherewander said, on April 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    those clouds look like paintings in the sky!! and you had a sunny day !!! and the cows look wonderful in that light!

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    • leahyetter said, on April 14, 2011 at 11:28 am

      Yes! We did have sun! I still had to wear a coat but didn’t have to bundle up too much. It was a beautiful day!! 🙂

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  2. Lenore Diane said, on April 12, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Love.

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