Fall is Bittersweet
But fall is a short, lovely prelude to winter! Winter in Kansas can be a pleasant, invigorating cold time, but more commonly it is a bitter, icy, frigid time of year. I am not a cold weather person, so taking care of cattle involves extra time donning multiple layers of clothing and still suffering in the icy wind. During the winter, I'd rather be an accountant or a banker--not that those are easy jobs, but they are inside!
Gathering these heifers is easy--just takes a pickup truck with a bale of alfalfa hay. I honk the horn and they come to get their "treat" then we catch them in the pen and sort off the ones to be loaded onto the truck. The actual loading of the truck is easy as well, as they follow in a line up a ramp and into the belly of the truck. They are calm and easy to work with--because I've spent hours and hours with them so they know we are not a threat. When the truck is full, we close the door, they pull away and off to a new home.