Fall Ranching

IMG_3451    Fall is a pretty busy time of year,  especially as we get into October.  During the summer, all the cows head to the mountains to pasture.  When Fall comes, it’s time for the cows to come home to the ranch.  October and November will be filled with days of gathering cows from the mountain pastures and bringing them home.  Semi trucks will pick up the calves and yearlings (yearlings are one year old calves) and bring them to the ranch.  We trail the cows home.  The first bunch, we will trail home around the middle of October.  It takes us two days.  By the end of the two days, we have trailed around thirty to thirty- five miles.  The second bunch comes home in November; they don’t have as far to travel.  They only have to go about twenty miles.

The beginning of October is roundup.  Roundup is when a whole bunch of ranchers, who have cows up in the mountains, head up and round up all of the cows that have been grazing in the mountains for the summer.  That is a full three-day event.  We just take the camper up and stay those three days.  Last year was the first year I was finally old enough to go to roundup.  It was lots of fun!  After cows are home for the winter and get all settled in, we start gearing up for calving season in February.  But, that’s for a whole other post!  If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask in comments.  Talk to you later! 🙂

Britt 

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