Once in the lane way it is lovely stroll until the cows decide it is time to stop, I have found there are two places in the lane which this happens both are where there is a water point. It can be very hard to convince 400 cows to start walking again this is where the dogs come in very handy. The following photos are of Nell, Lucy, Lass and Rusty helping me get the cows moving again.
This cow meant business
The dogs won
However she just needed reminding from Lucy
Lyster Lucy may be on the small side but that does not stop her, she has a big heart and will do anything to stop a cow.
Stand off between a cow and Rusty
Nell and Lucy just keeping an eye on things.
This is what I like to see when the cows stop the dogs stop.
Once the cows start walking nicely again it is time for the dogs to hope back on the bike for a well earned rest until the cows stop again. Walking the cows into the yards can take up to 5 hours in this time you have a lot of time to ponder on the happenings of the time or you sing silly songs to your self. While walking this mob in I got a funny kids song in my head but I changed a couple of words
The cows go marching one by one.Hoorah! Hoorah!
The cows go marching one by one.
The cows go marching one by one;The little one stops to suck his thumb,
And they all go marching down into the yards
To get away from the dogs.Boom, boom, boom, boom!
Once reaching the yards they are drafted cows in one yard and calves in the other, neither cow or calf like this idea at all. Once branded the next day the calves are put back with there mums and are then walked back to there paddock.
Looking back towards the drafting pen
The calves waiting
Leaving there mums
She has such a soft eye
She looks cranky
You Looking at me
Well that's all folks hope you enjoyed it.