It is official, we finally have cattle on American Alps Ranch!
We made the “cattle drive” (very good Larry) with no trouble. Picked up the rental trailer in Mount Vernon, drove down to Yelm and Lazy G Lowlines. Glenn and Nancy loaded the three amigos – Dusty, Nick and T Bone, in the trailer with no trouble and we were back on the road heading north. Rick and I both have vivid memories of livestock loading adventures with our 4-H animals for the fair, we were very happy that none of those escapades were repeated. I particularly remember being in the back of a pickup driving down Ming Avenue (very busy street in Bakersfield) desperately hanging on to a lamb by it’s hind feet as it had already cleared the tailgate with it’s front feet and was trying to jump out into traffic. I wonder if they still transport animals to the fair like that? Anyway, back to the cattle.
We arrived back at the ranch and backed up to our newly installed gate and opened the trailer door. T Bone led the way and Nick and Dusty followed him right out.
That was good too – it is sometimes as difficult to get the animals out of the trailer as it is to get them in. The dogs were quite surprised to see big, new creatures invading their territory. Grizzly in particular wanted to bark and chase them. We put the dogs in the shed for a while to let the cattle have some quiet time to adjust. Then we brought the dogs out on their leashes to make sure they didn’t chase the cattle.
Before too long though we convinced Grizzly and Molly that the critters were to be left alone. The cattle really didn’t seem too concerned.
They are: Dusty on the right with the lavender ear tag. She is a bred heifer scheduled to deliver her first calf in early May. Nick the young bull is in the middle with the yellow ear tag . On the left with the orange ear tag is T Bone the steer who is destined to be. . . T Bone and Ribeye and New York, and hamburger.
They enjoyed some local hay, and Nick checked out the scenery. No, nephew Nick, we didn’t name him after you. He was born on Christmas Day so his name is Nicholas of course.
They explored their new surroundings and checked out our fence.
They really settled in very nicely. Grizzly kept watching them, but didn’t chase or bark. Nick seemed as curious about the dog as the dog was about him.
So the cattle have arrived safe and sound. Now we just have to get a shelter built, and fence the lower pasture and . . .