Ruby Roundup (A Four Day Journal)

For this post, I was debating whether or not I should make it another journal entry.  I finally decided to write it as a journal entry because I feel like that’s the best way for me to explain everything day to day.  Thanks to dad, who remembered a camera, I have pictures to show all you guys!

For all you who don’t know what roundup is, I will tell you.  We have cows up in our nearby mountains for the summer.  Now that it’s fall, it’s time for all the cows to come home.  So, all ranchers who have cows up in that area of the mountains, head up and gather all the cows.  This year’s roundup was October 6-9.  We stayed in a camper through the weekend because we are about an hour and a half away from home.   Alright, now to the journal entries.

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

I think we got up to camp around noon today.  There weren’t that many people there yet, and lots of peopled rolled in within the next hour.  We put the horses that we weren’t riding that day in the pen while we tied up the horses we were going to ride that day to the fence.  We had already saddled our horses, so that was done.  One of our yearlings grandpa had bought to be a spayed heifer, ended up being pregnant and happened to have her calf today.  So, grandpa was stuck at home for the day trying to get the young cow to accept her calf, which she wasn’t so sure about yet.  He will come up early tomorrow morning.

Today, we went into one of the nearby pastures and gathered some cows to fill up the corrals for the next day.  Because all the ranchers had their cows mixed together for the summer, some of the people had to sort out cows at the corrals while others were in the mountains gathering.  At the end of the day, each ranch had to move their sorted cows to their holding pen, where the cows would stay until they got shipped home sometime in the coming week.  So, today only took a few hours.  One of the best parts of roundup is the delicious cooking you get.  A cook is hired to cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  That’s what you call a full-time job!  

After a bunch was gathered, our horses were taken care of, and everything arranged for the weekend,  we went to the cabin and got supper. 

After supper, we played cards a little while before getting some sleep.

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Our friend, George, who helps move cows.rl3

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Gathering cattle 

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Dad woke us up at 5:00 am this morning to get dressed and our horses saddled before breakfast.  It was still dark out, so we were all carrying around headlamps as we saddled.  Grandpa left the ranch around 4:30 this morning so he would be up in time to saddle and have breakfast before getting to work.  Our horses enjoyed a can full of oats while we saddled.  After we saddled, we headed to the cabin for breakfast.  I’m not a huge breakfast person, but this breakfast tasted pretty good.  After breakfast, the cooks had  lunches all ready for us.  Our lunches were in a bag, which made it easy to tuck them into our saddle bags.  

We bridled our horses and headed up to the nearby pasture to gather some cows.  We gathered probably a few hundred head, which we moved to the corrals to be sorted.  A good sized group had headed to another nearby pasture called the West Fork, and an unbelievable amount of cows came trailing down the road.  While cows were trailing into the corrals, you could still see others coming down the hill a mile away.  They had quite the gather.  The corral was pretty packed and all the sorters stayed pretty busy until evening.  Once evening came, each ranch took turns taking their sorted cows out of the corral and to their holding pasture.  After this was done, everyone went back to camp and put their horses away for the day.  Supper was absolutely delicious!  

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If you look at the red arrow, that’s where cows are coming over the hill.  It was over a mile long.

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Tierra and I

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Here are some of the riders behind the cows.  I thought this was a pretty cool picture.

 

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Once again, up at 5:00 am.  Just like yesterday, we saddled our horses and went to the cabin for breakfast.  Today, we went up to a place called Timber Creek, and across Hawk Eye pasture, looking for more cows.  We searched through the pasture and ended up with around 20 head, which we took back to the corrals.   At the corral,s we once again moved all the cows to their designated holding pastures.  We made it back to camp in the early evening where we fed the horses and got everything organized before going to the cabin for supper. 

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Started out on day three

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What a beautiful place to ride!

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Tierra

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Colton

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Enjoying the ride

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T, Colton, Brittni and Dad

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This is another rider’s dog, but he went with us for the day.  He was a really cool dog!

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These were some cool pictures.  Steam was rising off the horses.

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Today was our last day.  Most cows are found by now, and the ones that aren’t found yet will probably end up showing up in the upcoming weeks when is starts getting much colder and the mountains start getting lots of snow.  There are miles and miles of country up in the Ruby and it’s about impossible to find all cows in the weekend’s roundup.  Hopefully, they will show up in the few upcoming weeks.  

Today, we headed up high into the West Fork pasture looking for any strays.  It was a nice day and a nice ride that I really enjoyed.  We didn’t find anything, which wasn’t uncommon on the last day of roundup and showed up back at camp.  We had a bull that had been found in a nearby pasture that Colton and dad went and rounded up, while T and I went with grandpa to take five pairs to our holding pen.  It was now early evening and I was ready to go home.  One of the ranch helpers had taken one of the campers home that morning, and grandpa hooked up the other one to take it home.  We loaded up all the horses and headed for home after quite an enjoyable weekend.

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T and I
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Grandpa, T, Colton, George and I

 

 

And, that is it for the journal entries.  I tried to make that as clear as possible for all of you to understand.  If you have any questions on how anything works or you don’t quite understand something, feel free to ask in comments below.  Thanks for reading!

britt

 

 

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Coming Home!


We brought cows home from the Ruby a week after round up, and it was beautiful weather for trailing them home.  It was supposed to be very wet and snow both days we were trailing, but it was super nice and in the 50-60’s both days.

Monday, October 16, was a wet snowy day.  When we set out in the morning, it was snowing pretty good. We trailed cows from the holding pasture to the corrals.  When we got to the holding pasture, the cows were ready to go.  Once we got them to the corrals, we sorted the cows from the calves.  The calves were loaded onto semi’s and taken home to the feedlot.  They were weaned during this time.  Now, the calves are getting fed hay and pellets.

The cows were trailed home Tuesday and Wednesday.  The trail home for the cows was about a 39 mile walk.  The first day, Tuesday, was a 17 mile walk.  There was about an 80 percent chance of snow that day, and I got all dressed up, ready for a cold ride.   But it ended up being an absolutely gorgeous day and a great ride!

Day two of trailing is always a longer day.  It is about a  22 mile walk,  plus the cows are getting tired from all the trailing.  It was also another nice day.  We got to the field, I think about 6:30, because it was dusk when we got there.  We got to the barn just at dark.



Natalie rode with dad lots of the day.  She wasn’t ready to be done.


George and Sunny (the white dog running up the hill), enjoying the ride.


Stran and grandpa


Dad, grandpa, Stran and grandma


I let Levi ride my horse towards the end of the day, and never saw him again.  I got to walk the rest of the way. 😏


Mom flagged in the front of the cows going down the highway, and T and George’s wife, JD, were flagging in the back.  In this picture, mom was just getting ready to make her way to the front of the herd.


Stran and Levi turning the cows into the field.  I thought it was so cool!

We will be bringing the other bunch of cows from Ledford home here pretty soon.  When they are home, all cows will be home for the winter.

Thanks for reading!

britt