After one very busy day, we are proud to say that all members of our main herd have been moved to the new ranch. We transported the cattle one trailer load at a time. It took most of the day, but our slow and steady approach paid off.
None of the cattle were injured or caused undue stress. Moving and traveling are stressors in and of themselves. Anyone who has moved or traveled can attest to this fact. Fortunately, we only had a seven mile trip.
For safety purposes, we moved all the small calves together in one load. We did not want them getting pushed around, stepped on, or squished by the larger animals.
And, yes, we did take one of our donkeys with the herd. It loaded up with the cattle as if it does this all the time. If you are wondering why we have a donkey, donkeys offer protection from predators. On the new ranch, we feel better with a donkey living amongst the herd. There are coyotes and a panther or two, from which our young calves need protection.
Cattle are funny. As soon as they walked out of the trailer, they put their heads down and began grazing. I think it is funny because my first instinct would have been to look around, take a walk, and see my new surroundings. But I guess, cattle first listen to their bellies.
There is a lot of grass on this new ranch. Almost every time that we check on them, they are laying in the shade chewing their cud. This lets us know that the pastures are satisfying their nutritional needs. In fact, the cattle have put on some weight since the move.
Moving did not set them back. They have new pastures to graze, lots of grass to eat, and plenty of fresh water to drink. They could not be happier with their new home. And, we could not be happier that our ranch has expanded and is doing so well. I will post some pictures of the new place soon.