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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Checking cows over east

One of the pastures we are currently using is on the eastern most edge of our ranch. It is part of our grazing permit with the US Forest Service. This particular pasture is well over 800 acres. It has some deep draws running thru it, a dug-out which supplies water and an undependable creek also. The grass is usually pretty good and there are cedar, ash, and elm trees along with chokecherry, buffalo berry and other shrubs. In places there are clay knobs which add to the character of this place. At this time of year, we have cow/calf pairs grazing there. This pasture is about 10 miles from our house and to check cows, I  usually load a horse in the trailer and park at the corrals we have there to ride out.

Sure is pretty isn't it? The haze is from some fires in Montana. Within the next
two weeks, the trees will have turned orange and yellow. They are already slowly
showing some color.

Boyd found a place to cool off
when we came across one of the springs
that pop up here and there late in the summer.
The water just kind of oozes up
out of the ground.

This deeply etched cow trail leads to the dugout where our cattle
water in this pasture.

These are different views of
the primary water source
for this pasture.

Six years ago in the fall, we hired
someone with a track hoe to clean
this dam and some of our others out.
It had been a fairly dry summer, so
they were able to do a good job.
The next three summers were dry too
and it seemed to take forever for this
dug-out to fill back up. We set up two
tanks at the far eastern end of this pasture
and hauled water daily to
supplement the dam.

There are several calves and a cow brushed up here out
of the heat.

The Mah-Dah-Hey trail runs thru this pasture. The 97 mile trail passes through the Little Missouri National Grasslands, State, and private land as it links the North and South Units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. No motorized traffic is allowed on the trail. It is only accessed by hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders.
http://www.medora.org/what-to-do/?Maah-Daah-Hey-Trail . http://www.mdhta.com/maps.htmhttp://www.mdhta.com/info.htm

Two wheeled and four-footed use the trail.

Hope posing by a trail marker.

Boyd, Vesta, and Hope traversing the Trail.

Boyd and Hope at one of the gates on the Trail. These are maintained
by the U.S. Forest Service.This gate is between our pasture
and a neighbor's pasture.

The fence line is comprised of
cedar posts and treated posts. No
two cedar posts are ever the same!
Unlike the treated posts
we buy!

These clay knobs are known as "Sohpie's Nipples".
The grass is still pretty good for this time
of the year. The cattle tend to graze the half of the
pasture closest to the dugout. When it cools down,
they will move further away and utilize the other end
of this pasture better.
Vesta looking across the deepest
 part of this draw. Our pasture continues
to the edge of the horizon. 

The dogs and I rode for about three and a half hours and by the
time we got to the truck and trailer it had gotten hot.
The air condioning on the way home
sure felt good!


Sarah said...

eaten up with envy right now! I would have LOVED that ride! What beautiful country! Thanks Judy! I was already battling the "wanna go home" blues! Now I'm just going to stop fighting it and sulk for a while. Glad you had a great day for checking cows!

5 Starr's Farm said...

Hi Judy, That was great, always love when you gals take us out to check cows. My favorite kind of riding. Still lots of grass and water on the high desert in N. Cal, everyone trying to get in their last cut of hay.....fall is here. Nice photos.

Michaele said...

I really liked this post! Wonderful country I haven't seen in a long time. Thank you.

Jake said...

GREAT Pictures! Look alot like here, except what are those tall green things??? Almost all the trees we have are in a shelter belt form.

The 4 R's said...

Absolutely gorgeous. What a wonderful way to check the cattle.