More time for more work

In the age of technology, ranching has become more efficient.  There are still things that are done the traditional way but with cell phones, trucks and trailers things can be done a bit faster and with more communication.

This week, the guys moved a set of yearlings about 13 mountainous miles to their summer pasture.  They drove them horseback, begining at first light.  This photo is not from this particular drive but the beauty of the early morning was quite like this:

 Fifty years ago, the guys would’ve driven the yearlings, then they would’ve made the ride back home.  They probably would’ve packed a sandwich and hopefully would’ve made it home by late-afternoon, assuming everything went as planned.

These days, we can meet the guys with a truck and trailer at the end point.  They are home in time for lunch, the horses are spared the trip home on foot and one more project (or two or five or more) can be completed before dark.

4 thoughts on “More time for more work

  1. Every time I read your posts and see your photos, I am impressed that cowboys still drive cattle like this on their horses. Except for the truck and trailer in the last image, I would think I was viewing vintage pix. Thanks, as always, for sharing this way of life which is so different from farming in Minnesota.

    • I am so happy to hear that! It’s true–if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. There are things that are best done the old fashioned way. Driving cattle is often the best, easiest and least stressful for our four-legged bovine friends.

  2. A very well written story! Glad to see there are no four wheelers used in moving cattle. There is something to be said of the tranquility of moving cattle with horses, not only for the livestock involved, but also for the people! Were they going up on Johnson Mesa?

    • Four wheelers, what’s that? Ha! That’s one of those old fashioned things that will never change!

      Not quite to Johnson Mesa but definitely a higher elevation pasture!

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