Thursday, 30 July 2009

Challenge: Cattle Herding Post 15 - Cattle Herding 'Yearlings'

So yesterday Daf left us saying that today we would be herding 'livelier' cattle..
Well, he wasn't kidding - shall we see how they got on?


Waking up at Snowshoe Lodge

Today we had a lay in, 8:30 was the call. As we were already up in the mountains an early start was not required. Today Stewart tells us that there are 487 'Yearlings' out that he needs to drive to the right field.


From what we've learned so far, it would seem that herding/driving Cattle is quite like crop rotation. You move the cattle to one field where the grass is fresh and ready and, once that is gone, you move them on again. Each time allowing the previous field to grow back again.

It must be said, after yesterday's drive, we're feeling pretty confident. However, there is a huge difference between the two tasks. Yesterday, the beasts were Bull. Old, slow and docile. Happy to be poked and prodded in the right direction without much moaning or attempts to runaway.

Today's beasts are one year old heffas - 'Yearlings'. We're told that it won't be as easy and... as we pull up along side the first set we find, it's clear that they're very alert and very easily startled.

Our first encounter went a little something like this:

Yeah. We lost 19. End of session one score: -19.

Damn. This is harder than it looks.

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