Meet You At the Watering Hole

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This is a picture of a new trough we installed to an area last week.  The next week we gathered up the herd and pushed them down to show them the new watering hole.

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Even though cows do travel in the pastures they are in, it is very important to move them to the areas they are not using.  IMG_3065 IMG_3068 IMG_3074

The grass was awesome in this corner of the pasture but since the water was minimal, they didn’t like hiking down there.  Cows are creatures of habit and you have to show them new areas.  This herd is mostly our 1st time calvers and have never been on this pasture before, so they need to be directed where the sweet spots are.

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It is also good to do a ride like this to check on the bulls and cows and calves to make sure everyone is healthy and happy.

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Who knew that horses would make such good ladders for picking Saskatoon berries!  On our way back from moving the cows to the new watering hole, we picked enough saskatoon’s to make a couple of pies.  Ummmmm!

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Riding is such an important part of our ranch management.  Sometimes we question wether we can afford to ‘take the time to ride’, but whenever we do it we get a lot done and we say to ourselves, ‘Good thing we came up here and did this!’  Seeing the cows standing in the best grass available, taking a sip from the new water trough; shows us it is important.

~Erika Fossen~

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Meet You At the Watering Hole

  1. Excellent entry….its good to know things are going well for you. The berries look delicious. The scenery is beautiful, and the horses magnificent.

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