Just when we thought our job of gathering cattle in the mountains and trees was tricky enough: FOG.
Right now on our ranch we are busy gathering our cows, calves and breeding bulls off of government range. We have 3 ranges we are gathering cattle off of this year. This area is approximately 25,000 acres of rugged B.C. mountain terrain. If we have done a good job during the year, we have a pretty good idea of where the cows should be.
So we go out, enthusiastic about a productive day of gathering and were greeted to this:
With the pressure of a looming date when the trucks will arrive, a morning like this really tests your patience.
Everyone gets to help this time of year.
We use our airplane to spot cattle so we can then go with our horses and capture them.
The runway gets a little poopy, so a quick clean up is in order. It is much easier to chuck a 1/2 dozen paddies off the runway then wash the splattered plane off every flight!
Spotting them’s the easy part, catching them is a whole other blog!
Our girls were left with orders to chase the cows off the runnway when we came back: if we buzzed the house more than once!
On the first pass, the girls were up the Maple tree, rescuing a cat. By the 3rd pass they were shooing off cows, along with grandpa in his housecoat.
In the end, it was a productive day!