We don’t work cows often, but when we do it is a hard day’s work. We work steadily and methodically, but are in no rush. If you are trying to speed things up, you are more apt to make a mistake. At Cross Creek Cattle Company a good day of working cows is when nobody gets injured.
We had a very successful day of working cows last Monday. It was a sheer pleasure to watch my middle son, Jake, who is ten years old work like a man. He has had many years of experience working cows. My father, brother, and husband have patiently taught him to perform Cowboy duties.
This time was different. Jake was everywhere he needed to be doing exactly what needed to be done. I was impressed with his work ethic and his knowledge of the work. It really was a joy to watch him and his father work side by side. I can tell you that Jake is not afraid of getting dirty.
We have an excellent family tradition. The ranch takes everyone who works cattle out for dinner. In the past, we all voted to go to La Casita in Navasota. It is a delicious Tex-Mex Restaurant. However, this year my family is on a very strict diet in order to heal our guts for various health reasons. Going out to eat is very difficult, but we have not stopped our ranch tradition. We just slightly modified it, and it is equally delicious!
Now the ranch purchases the ingredients for a special meal. We plan a menu. Then as a family, we sit around the table filled with great food and enjoy a treat for our labor. It is a family ranching tradition that will not go out of style. It is one of our favorite things, even the youngest family members look forward to cattle working day.
Feeding the cowboys after a day of hard work has been a long-standing tradition in the past. Usually someone prepared the food on site. It could have been beans and biscuits. It could have been fresh beef. I have even heard of them cooking up the testicles of freshly castrated bulls. Regardless of the type of food, Cross Creek Cattle Company is pleased to continue this fine tradition with our family-owned and operated ranch.
If you are a rancher, we would love to hear any of your traditions. Leave a comment below to share them with us.