Uprooted Magnolia

Weaning Calves

Posted in Cattle Roundup, Photography, Ranching by leahyetter on October 11, 2011

We woke up at 3:30 am and left the ranch at 4:30 in the a.m. We arrived at the Laramie Plains by 6 and made our way into the pasture where the cows were waiting.

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The cowboys saddled up and waited for it to get a little lighter.

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©Leah Yetter Photographer

There were plenty of riders so I decided to stay with the trucks at the corral to watch the sun rise and wait for them to bring in the cattle.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

And what a beautiful sunrise it was.

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Not long after, the cattle started my way. I heard the moos way before I saw them.

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All paired up, still with milk on their lips, the babies followed momma toward the paneled corral.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

The cowboys and cowgirl got them in the panels and then discussed the game plan.

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They checked the panels to make sure nobody was bustin’ out.

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And the cattle waited impatiently for their instructions.

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Step one is to sort out the momma cows. Step two is to separate the steers from the heifers and count each group. And step three is to load them on separate trucks.

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This little booger got away and gave the cowboys a run for their money. They had to rope her and lead her back to the corrals.

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The calves looked good, were big enough to wean and were trucked to their new homes.
We brought a few of the smaller calves home and for the last few nights, I’ve gone to sleep listening to them bawl for momma. It takes about a week for everyone to get over the separation anxiety. The momma cows are still up on the Plains and they spent several days by the panels waiting for their babies to come back.  Yesterday was the first day I noticed the calves are calm and are finally comfortable in their new surroundings and their strict diet of hay and water.

You can see more pictures of this day by clicking any picture above or going straight  to the gallery on my website here: http://www.leahyetter.com/111005shipping/ .

The cows will be trailed home later this week and then we check them for babies in the belly. Stay tuned for that beautiful experience. Just kidding. I’ll probably put the camera down and just  take inventory.


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  1. idiosyncraticeye said, on October 11, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Wow, that looks an amazing corner of the world. Thanks for sharing it with us all. 🙂

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    • leahyetter said, on October 13, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      It IS an amazing corner of the world, thanks for noticing. 😉 Glad you stopped by and thanks for commenting!

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  2. Roberta said, on October 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Gorgeous photos..Leah!

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  3. ken said, on October 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    NICE! Also never told you how much Iike the hound with the flying ears. kk

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    • leahyetter said, on October 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks Kenny! Yeah, that pup is either Babyface or Tenderfoot. Can’t tell which but they are all so sweet, goofy, and loving. Want one? I know you do.

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  4. RealRanchWife said, on October 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Great photos! And, isn’t it great to listen and watch as the cowboys bring them in? One of my favorite things!

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  5. Lenore Diane said, on October 12, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!

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  6. RL said, on October 12, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Beautiful, I spotted my father-in-law.

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    • leahyetter said, on October 13, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      Ha! Awesome! May I ask who your father-in -law is?

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      • RL said, on October 14, 2011 at 9:08 am

        Wayne Larsen, what a surprise it was to look through your beautiful pictures and spot a familiar face!

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      • leahyetter said, on October 14, 2011 at 11:27 am

        Wayne!! Wayne and Jody are my favorites! They are so great to work with. He’s actually the one in the Daybreak post. https://leahyetter.wordpress.com/2011/06/30/today-at-daybreak/
        I won first place at the state fair in the professional division with this shot.

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      • RL said, on October 14, 2011 at 9:14 am

        Just an aside, I recognized the horse first.

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      • leahyetter said, on October 14, 2011 at 11:27 am

        That’s great. 🙂

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      • RL said, on October 16, 2011 at 9:34 pm

        Small world, that is a beautiful shot. Give ’em our best, we’re hoping to see them in this part of the world come Thanksgiving.

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  7. pinkunderbelly said, on October 13, 2011 at 7:02 am

    The idea of the babies bawling for their mamas and the mamas standing watch, waiting for their babies to come back is just so sad! But part of life, whether it’s cows or humans. Gorgeous photos, as always.

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    • leahyetter said, on October 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm

      Oh girl tell me about it. I hate this part of the year. The only thing that keeps me from crying is knowing that they are big enough to be without mom. Everybody has to grow up and leave the nest some time. But yes, the bawling kills me every time. Thank you for the compliment on the pics!

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  8. Victoria Bennett Beyer said, on October 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I can’t believe it is this time of year already! They grow up so fast! I hope all is well out there and that fall is sticking around for you 🙂

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    • leahyetter said, on October 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      Fall is sticking around for us. It is so beautiful right now. I’m holding on hard! I know, I hate to see them leave but new ones will arrive in a few months!

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