Today I have an interview I did with K.A. about gathering cattle. 🙂 Enjoy!
**Every photo (including the one I used to make the poster) was taken by K.A.**
M: How many hours of work are there normally in a gathering day?
K: It usually depends… Usually we would get up at like 3-4 am and then be done at about 9-10 am! 😀 But if it’s a big pasture, then we might have to be there all day. And if you sort the cows to go to different trucks, that would take longer too! 😀
M: Where are the cows when it’s gathering time? Can they go wherever they want?
K: They are in specific pastures (unless they climbed out! 😮 ) where they can go wherever they want in! 🙂 So like… there might be 20 in this pasture, and 200 in the one next to it! 😀 😛
M: What time of year do you normally gather cattle?
K: Late July-early August. Or when the Grass starts running out. If there is still plenty of green grass, they may stay longer, if there isn’t as much, the cattle may go sooner!
M: Are you always on the move, or does it sometimes get boring?
K: Umm… Well, You are always (almost) MOVING (literally) But if they are going the right SLOW pace, then it isn’t necessarily boring, but you don’t have to do much! 😀 So it can get a bit boring! 😀
M: What are five words that describe a cattle gathering day best?
K: Epic, amazing, tiring, fun, concentration. You might wonder why the last one! 😉 Well, you always have to concentrate on what you’re doing, or else a cow might slip by, a horse may get too close or far away, someone might have to do your job for you… etc! 😀
M: Are there more dogs than horses, or the other way around?
K: Usually more horses. 🙂 Yes… 🙂
M: Do both the Australian Shepherds and the Border Collies help herd?
K: Not usually. Usually just the Border Collies. Well, always (for ours) Border collies. But every now and then Grizz comes! 😉
M: What do your clothes look like at the end of the day? (XD)
K: Uhh… 😄 🙂 Well… Usually there is manure on my jeans, my boots too… and my shirt would be probably covered in sweat.. there might be some horse-hair on my jeans? 😛 🙂 Hehe!!! 😄 And if you count my hair as clothes (which you probably don’t..) then it’s like.. in a square shape from my hat! 😄 😄 😛 Hehe!!
M: Are there any ATVs included, or do you just use the horses?
K: There are sometimes ATVs, but mainly horses.
M: So do you just find the cattle and herd them into corrals or barns? Is that the main gist of cattle gathering?
K: We herd them into cattle pens, where we load them onto cattle trucks where they are shipped off to a sale barn (I think) or feedlot, and eventually butchered and eaten! 😉 Who knows, you may be eating a cow I gathered within the next month! :O 😄 🙂 haha!!! 😛 Okay.. that’s just weird to think about. But yeah, we herd them into pens. Unless it is the day before gatherings, then we usually herd one pasture, in with another pasture (if it’s alright to mix them) so that they’re easy to gather! 😀
M: What gear do your horses need, and how long does it take to put it on them?
K: They need from 1-3 saddle blankets, a western saddle, and bridle! 🙂 Well, not very long to get IT on them specifically, but you have to brush the dirt or mud out of their hair first, and then you usually don’t put the bridle on until you get to the pasture! 😉 And you would just leave the halters on the horses.
Thank you so much for doing this, K.A! It was fun. 🙂 And thanks for letting me use your pictures, they were great.
Also, to my readers, if you have questions for K.A, feel free to leave them in a comment!
Casey is getting so big! She likes taking naps behind the laptop when as I blog. Although its annoying when she fiddles with the mouse. 😄