Shipping Day on the Ranch

Cowboy is a breed tougher than nails and strong as steed.

We recently shipped our yearling cattle to the auction. We raise black Angus cattle. We run them on leased land in different parts of the state. Some carry our brand, the 7U, and others carry our son Clancy’s brand, the TX. Still others are our son Ty’s and some are my brother-in-law’s cattle, but they all are Goswick cattle. Willy enjoyed being a Cow dog and watching over the herd.

For days the cowboys gathered their cattle, branded the pee wee calves, doctored any that needed doctored and hauled the yearling calves to the ranch headquarters to be weaned off their mamma’s milk. This process is called ” Fall Works” in ranching terms. We kept the weaned yearling calves in the shipping pens at Fain Ranch until the day the truck would arrive to haul them to the sale. These yearlings were very curious to meet Willy.

Willy was thrilled to know that the very next day a big semi truck would be backed up to this cattle ramp and the excitement would begin.

He took it upon himself to sit on point, making sure the cattle stayed where they belonged until the truck arrived.

After a good nights sleep, we were up bright and early on a crisp fall morning. The truck had arrived and the cowboys were horseback. Let the loading begin!

For those of you who don’t know, here is a run down of a typical shipping day. When the time comes to be loaded they are weighed and sorted off in groups according to size and weight. (Each section of the livestock trailer, or cattlepot, holds a certain amount of cattle and the weight of the cattle has to be carefully arranged so that the trailer’s axle weights are balanced.) They are then herded into the lane and up the loading ramp into the trailer.  There are two floors and several pens/compartments within the trailer.

Willy enjoyed every minute. He watched every move the cowboys made and stood by the gate to make sure they didn’t try to escape.

Willy especially enjoyed his vantage point above the lane where he could “oversee” the cattle without being in harms way. It was a great day! It all went smoothly and the cattle were on there way to auction in no time at all.

Until next time, Long live cowboys!

“There’s a hundred years of history and a hundred before that; all gathered in the thinkin’ goin’ on beneath that hat.” – Baxter Black

 

 

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Afternoon at the Arena

Willy aspires to be a cow dog.

 

Willy was happy to meet Spade the horse. He had no idea what sort of adventure we were going on that would include this big animal but as always he was ready.

We walked to the arena in the pasture behind our house. Willy attentively watched everything my husband did with Spade. He was very interested in how they loaded the steers in the chute.

 My husband and son were practicing roping and working their horses. Willy enjoyed watching them. He REALLY wanted to chase the steers right along side the horses and was very disappointed that I wouldn’t let him. (I didn’t want him to get hurt.)

He was curious about these strange smelling animals. They had snotty noses, made WAY too much noise and were a little bit cantankerous, but they sure did look like fun to chase!

Since I wouldn’t let him chase the steers, he opted instead to hang out with my grandson, Clay.

All in all it was a great adventure. He enjoyed every minute of it. Until next time, Happy Trails!

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