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Monday, August 13 2012


Today we rustled up the former show girls (and Bully) and moved them to another pasture. Even show cows go wild pretty quickly and so using a dog to move them is just easier for us.  It's easy to get complacent when moving cattle, but a recent tragedy woke us all up.  Some good friends of ours were moving cattle when she tripped and fell under the cows. One of them ran over her and used her back as a springboard.

Fortunately her husband is in the medical field and immediately recognized the signs of serious injury.  She was lifeflighted to the nearest hospital where she stayed for a very long time. We almost lost her - because of something they'd done for years without incident.

It was a wake-up call for all us around here who work cows. They are still wild animals and accidents do happen.  So I couldn't help but think of Cheryl as Other Half and Cowboy went to pen the cows.


The Job: Pen the cows. Run them through the chute. Load them in the trailer. Move them to thick, green pasture down the road.

   Dispatch Cowboy.

Holler directions as he gathers cattle. He ignores most directions but appears to understand the job anyway.

  Gather the cows.

Bring them down the alleyway.


Hold them while they settle down.

 Push them into pen.

 Close the gate.

No muss. No fuss. One man. One dog. Three minutes.

Push cattle onto trailer. Drive them down the road. Open door and dump them out.


Happy cows. Happy humans. Happy puppy.

 Thank you, Cowdog!


Yet another service provided by Barbed Wire Border Collies, Inc. Thank you, thank you very much . . .


Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 08:21 pm   |  Permalink   |  4 Comments  |  Email
Good work! Can't help but notice how easy it is to morph tough-as-nails cop into hick country boy. Personally, I like that in a man!
Posted by EvenSong on 08/14/2012 - 10:04 AM
Oh yes! Other Half wears many hats. (and he can 'clean up well' when you wanna take him out!)
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 08/14/2012 - 04:24 PM
Amazing how a relatively small amount of canine and human pounds can move a relatively large amount of bovine pounds with some cooperation but not a lot of physical labor expended. border collie as force multiplier? maybe not in the strictest sense of physics, but sure seems like it works on the farm! (and I bet the dogs clean up good, too!)
Posted by clairesmum on 08/14/2012 - 07:49 PM
I'm going to have confess I have a bad case of envy looking at the green of your pasture in those pictures. Looks like heaven! It's good to know there are still places that look like that instead of dry 'n dusty like Kansas.
Posted by Sharon on 08/14/2012 - 08:01 PM

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