Way back on Oct. 20, we converged on the WY/MT border for our annual fall gather/wean/work calves/ship home day at the Rocky Point Grazing Association.
The weather was beautiful, the calves were big, the cows were showing that the grass was gone. It was time to head home for the winter.
The cows were in agreement.
The corrals were muddy for our 4-way sort - my dad's cow, my uncle's cows, my dad's calves, my uncles calves. Momma H snapped this photo of almost the entire crew.
Oh, and my sibling's cattle too, including this heifer of my sister's, which has been a crowd favorite all year.
My dad's trucks arrived, and we loaded his calves.
Then we vaccinated my uncle's calves to help keep them healthy as they adjust to life without mama around. They were also poured to keep any bugs from bothering them over the winter months.
It didn't bother them much.
Then, the second round of trucks arrived and we loaded my uncle's calves.
Home they go. The cows are left for 3-4 days to wean, then also hauled home for the winter.
Just when we thought the day was over, excitingly enough the axle broke on our trailer. But, we happened to have a few experts on hand, and another horse trailer we could put our horses in. While we arrived home later than planned, we all made it safe and sound. I am also happy to report my parent's were able to trade this trailer off for a new one - their second new "vehicle" purchase in almost 30 years of marriage. I'm thrilled for them, but never miss a chance to tease them about all the improvements that happen after the kids leave.