Wednesday 6th of April 2011 08:16 AM
By Kim L. Fritzemeier
KFRM Central Kansas Reporter
Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line
A little follow-the-leader is always good, until someone decides to stray off the path. During the past couple of weeks, we have been busy with a County Line springtime ritual.
It's all about drive - in one way or another.
For one group, we "drive" the cattle using two four-wheelers and a pickup to shepherd them from a pasture to the farm's working chute about a half-mile away.
For three others groups, we literally "drive" the calves to the farm using a pickup and trailer. There, each calf is run through the working chute for immunizations and to turn the bull calves into steers. More on that process tomorrow.
In order to work the baby calves, we have to first sort off the mamas from the babies.
The mamas bellow when they end up on one side of the fence and the babies end up on the other.
The babies are equally vocal on their side of the fence.
But all's well when they are reunited after the calves' "doctor's" appointment.