Well, here it is at last, part 2 of our fall cattle roundup. This week has been very busy here as I’m sure it has been for you too. In Part 1, I showed you how the cattle are called up to the corral. That happens on a Saturday evening. After they are all in the lot behind a locked gate, we head for home. Then we head back to the pasture again the next morning in the predawn darkness. As we arrive at the pasture, the sun is just rising. We drive the cattle into a smaller lot, and then sort off the cows from their calves. We do this because the calves are too small to travel with the cows because the larger cows may inadvertently hurt the smaller calves. The cows and calves travel separately. After the sorting, we await the arrival of the hired trucks. When they arrive, we load the cattle on board in small groups at a time. Semi-truck load weights must be evenly distributed in the trailer. The trailer has an upper and lower level, with each level being divided up into several compartments with gates in between. We load the cattle onto the trucks in small groups which the driver herds into the different compartments, one compartment at a time.
In the following video, you’ll see Harland, his brother -Gerald, and the truck driver driving the cattle onto the trucks in small groups.