I don't know about that kind of morning drive time. I do know about another kind of drive time. It was what Randy, Jake and I accomplished on an overcast, misty, chilly morning this week as we "drove" mama cows and their babies from the Peace Creek pasture to the corrals a half mile away. It was time for the babies' well-child checks (more on that later). Just like we took our own children to the doctor for vaccinations and care, the baby calves have their own appointment to keep them healthy and growing.
The photo below isn't that great a photo with the fence slicing Randy's face in two. But I loved the cow's expression of disdain as she looked at the 4-wheeler. Did she remember that she was going to have a workout as she and her friends were about to go on a morning stroll? (Maybe it's how my face looks as I contemplate another session on the treadmill.)
Randy drove his 4-wheeler into the pasture to check for cows and calves. It was my job to get them to turn into the gate so they could join their compatriots in the lot. Driving cattle is a little like working with junior high girls. It's easier to get them to do what you want them to do if they are among friends.
Then it was time for the reverse of the early morning's drive time. This time, we wanted them back in their pasture. But a doctor's appointment can be tiring for babies, like little No. 472, who was the youngest of group.
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