“Placing Cattle”

Since we will be teaching a session at the 2014 Eco-Farm conference on placing cattle in large paddocks, we wanted to get some video to show. We needed to find someone with a large herd of cattle, large paddocks, and horses to get the best video. Special thanks to Wally and Doris Olson of Vinita, Oklahoma for letting us come over and play with their heifers! Here’s some photos of Richard and Wally driving the heifers and placing them so we could get video to show at our session.

I want to clarify that the images showing Richard and/or Wally riding directly AT the cattle are not what you should be doing. I happened to catch too many of them in this bunch of photos. When you are riding toward the cattle, you should walk as if you would go by them if you continued straight. You can either zig-zag toward them or walk down the side, but you shouldn’t ride/walk straight toward them!

Richard bringing the cattle through the gate into a good paddock to video “placing” cattle.

Richard and Wally driving the heifers away from the camera to “place” them.

The heifers were “placed” all grazing in different directions and some even laying down.

Riding back to gather the heifers and put them back in their paddock.

Bringing them back to the camera!

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